One of the oldest homes in Brooklyn is back on the market with a $1 million price cut.
The wood-framed Federal-style house in Brooklyn Heights dates to the early 19th century and is a staple stop on walking tours from organizations like the Brooklyn Historical Society. The four-story house hit the market for the first time in decades last year for $6.65 million—but turns out the nearly 200-year-old building is a harder sell than they thought.
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The price was reduced to $5.95 million in May before coming off the market in September. It was re-listed with Corcoran agent Jessica Buchman for $4.995 million on Friday.
The house’s clapboard structure is one of the few remaining examples of the kind of architecture that typified Brooklyn in an era of horse and buggies. The home is said to date back to 1829, though some archivists say it could date as far back as 1790, according to the listing agency.
The townhouse on Middagh Street has a number of period details like a Federal-style doorway with colonnettes, well-kept wide-plank pine floors, five fireplaces with wooden mantels and dormer windows on the top level.
In 1852, the neighborhood outlawed wooden house construction as a fire hazard, a rule that has added to this particular home’s rarity.
The historic house opens into the main living room at the parlor level. Like most 100-year-old New York townhouses, the kitchen and dining room are located at the ground—or garden—level. Five bedrooms span the third and fourth floors with space in the attic for storage, according to floorplans of the home.
The property encompasses a garden and a detached carriage house with an additional two bedrooms, kitchen and living room, which can be rented out.
The house, which was landmarked in the 1960s along with a swath of the neighborhood known as the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, has belonged to the same family for half a century, according to the listing agency.
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