Townhouse pick of the week

This Bed-Stuy brownstone has original details, outdoor spaces, and a rental unit

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By Mimi OConnor  |
November 22, 2017 - 12:00PM

The grand foyer of the owner's triplex.

Brown Harris Stevens

This brownstone with modern upgrades at 5 Arlington Pl. in Bedford Stuyvesant is listed for $3.5 million. The four-story, two-family house was designed by 19th-century architect George P. Chappell. Measuring 20 feet by 40 feet, the brownstone was recently restored and outfitted with new mechanicals, including a ducted HVAC system, a new boiler, windows, and plumbing. Many of the charming period details were left intact, though, including stained glass, carved wood, hardwood floors, and six fireplace mantels.

The owner's triplex has five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. The parlor floor includes a living room with a gas fireplace, as well as a chef's kitchen with custom cabinetry, a Wolf range, a kitchen island, and ample room for seating and a dinner table.

Off the kitchen is a back terrace and landscaped yard.

One floor up is a small office or nursery and a powder room, as well as the master bedroom. The large bedroom suite includes a working gas fireplace, a 10-foot by 9-foot walk-in closet, and an en-suite bath with freestanding tub, a shower, and radiant-heat floors. 

On the top floor there are three additional bedrooms, two bathrooms, 11-foot ceilings with exposed beams, and a washer and dryer. 

Another staircase leads to a landscaped roof deck that has plumbing, lighting, and speakers. 

The ground-level apartment is accessed through a private entrance under the stoop, and the listing says its been restored in a comparable fashion to the rest of the building. (We don't see any images of the rental.) It has full-size appliances, ample counter space in the kitchen, a marble bath, a small private patio, and storage throughout, according to the listing. 

Arlington Place is a short residential street two blocks from the A and C train stop at Nostrand Avenue.


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Mimi OConnor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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