Townhouse pick of the week

A Bed-Stuy townhouse with a five-bedroom rental to help pay the hefty mortgage

By Mimi O'Connor | August 22, 2018 - 2:30PM 

The townhouse was built in 1899, but has modern upgrades.

Douglas Elliman

There are a lot of two-family townhouses in Brooklyn, and buying a house with a rental unit or two is a good way to get some help paying the mortgage. But it is rare to see a two-family townhouse that comes with a five-bedroom rental. Especially one in nice enough shape to command a healthy rent.

That's one of the reasons you should take a look at 249 Monroe St. The two-family brownstone, located on the border of Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant, is listed for $2,150,000, and it's suggested the upper duplex rental could command $4,400 in rent.

Recently renovated, the townhouse has forced heating and cooling, lots of natural light, and new floors throughout.

The owner's three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath duplex occupies the parlor and garden levels, and has a finished basement. An open living, dining and kitchen area features high ceilings and an ornamental fireplace. 

The new kitchen has stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a door that opens to the staircase leading down to the large, enclosed backyard. 

The finished basement provides ample storage space. 

The duplex rental is also renovated with a new kitchen and baths, and new floors. 

Three trains are about the same distance (six blocks) away: the A/C at Nostrand Avenue, and the G at Bedford and Nostrand. Shopping and dining spots can be found along Bedford, Nostrand, and Lafayette, and other destinations nearby include the YMCA and the Kosciuszko Pool. 


Mimi O'Connor

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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