Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, NY, 11225 - United States
169 Sterling Street
This is the home you've been waiting for; a meticulously restored neo-Federalist row house, 20ft wide by 52 feet deep, in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District designed by Architect Louis Danancher in 1910. Originally a two family, it is used as a single family with two floors plus a finished basement. It contains four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The owner/ architect lived here for three years before completing a thoughtful renovation adding central air-conditioning. Light dances throughout the house streaming in from the south facing double bay windows enhanced by filtered light through three stained glass skylights. Original details include parlor mirrors, coffered ceilings, plate rails and pretty antique glass transoms, windows and doors. The smooth plaster walls are topped with beautifully curved coves at the ceilings.
Entering the house from the shaded front porch, the parlor floor consists of four graciously connected rooms and a hallway that contains a walk-in coat closet and full bathroom. Embracing the full width of the house in the back, the stunning kitchen and dining room leads onto to a cedar deck with a built-in seating area and wide staircase down to a mature garden containing a dogwood tree. The kitchen has maple cabinetry, a glass tiled backsplash and breakfast bar topped with recycled glass countertops by Brooklyn-based IceStone. Downstairs, a brand new recreation room is well-lit with recessed lighting and three windows offering a laundry room and addition storage.
A skylit rebuilt staircase ascends to the second floor with four bedrooms and one full bathroom. The exquisite front bedroom has a parlor mirror and bay window screened by a mature red-leaf plum tree. The larger back bedroom, originally the dining room when it was a two family, retains its coffered ceiling and plate rail. A sky-lit dressing room offers a closet that will be the envy of any New Yorker. The bathroom, with a beautiful stained glass window, contains a Duravit deep-soaker bathtub.
Sterling Street is a quiet, tree-lined street that displays long, uniform rows of well-kept townhouses. Number 169 is center-block in a series of houses with adjoining walled terraces and iron-brick facades with limestone lintels above double glass doors. One of the advantages of this particular location is that is so close to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, Lefrak Skating Center, Prospect Park Zoo and even a short walk to the Brooklyn Museum. Citi Bikes are positioned on the block as is Glou, a new wine bar serving delicious small plates, and Blue Sky Bakery. Subway access is phenomenal with the Sterling Street 2/5 station and the B/Q/S at Prospect Park. Offered by owner/ broker.