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Are historic details enough to entice a buyer for this Prospect Lefferts Gardens fixer-upper?

By Virginia K. Smith | January 18, 2017 - 12:59PM 

At an asking price of $1.895 million, you won't find a historic Brooklyn townhouse much better priced than this offering at 112 Rutland Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. But potential buyers should also factor in a hefty budget for renovations: This is a home in need of some serious TLC.

The brick, neo-Tudor facade is immediately eye catching, and inside, you can see glimmers of historic details in the moldings and fireplaces. (Though it needs freshening up, we also like the cheery green paint in the main entrance and living area.)

As you can see, it looks like the finishes, floors, and paint need refreshing throughout. Off the main living area on the first floor, you'll find the kitchen, which is in need of a complete overhaul, from the cabinets to the flooring to the appliances:

On the upper levels of the four-story home, there are a total of five bedrooms, as well as an outdoor deck (which isn't pictured). It would seem the home gets a good amount of natural light throughout, thanks to large windows. Though as with the downstairs room, everything on the upper level could use new fixtures, a fresh coat of paint, and refinished floors. Radiator covers would be a great addition, too. 

The bathrooms are classic white marble and subway tiles, and could use a makeover as well (though we'd keep the vintage vibe, personally). 

The basement level includes storage and a laundry area, and also appears to be set up as something of a 1960s-era family rumpus room, complete with bar area and copious wood paneling. (Even if you redo the rest of the lower level, you might want to keep that bar.)

While there's a lot of work to do throughout, the location is another selling point: the Q and B trains are just three blocks away, as is Prospect Park. And one extra detail: The home includes private parking, so you won't have to deal with any alternate-side headaches.


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