This Historic Townhouse Offers a Taste of Country Life… in the Middle of Brooklyn


Historic homes are full of charm, and they’re usually also full of problems… problems that need expensive repairs. Not so with this Brooklyn townhouse, which has been thoughtfully restored to preserve the home’s 19th-century details while adding modern amenities for 21st-century buyers.

Things we love about this property crush:

This updated 1899 townhouse in Brooklyn’s Stuyvesant Heights neighborhood is a gorgeous juxtaposition of old and new. The current owner is the founder of GABR Design, which explains its stellar, smart and livable style. In the industrial-style eat-in kitchen, stainless steel appliances, fresh white cabinets, subway tile and a farm sink contrast with a wall of exposed brick that includes a small decorative fireplace and a mantel.

Upstairs, the elegant master bath features a clawfoot tub with a yellow exterior, which pops against the dark walls and white tiles. Two of the home’s bedrooms are on the second floor, and the third is part of a ground-floor suite that could be integrated with the rest of the home or used as an in-law suite or rental property.

Outside, the spacious backyard offers plenty of appealing possibilities. Right now there’s a fire pit and space for dining tables, so it can be used for entertaining. Or, the space can be used for additions to the house. There’s also a cute shed out back, which can be used for reading, meditating, or pursuing whatever the new owner’s hobby of choice is. She shed? He shed? You decide.

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