Townhouse pick of the week

This Bushwick townhouse has space for two families and a big backyard

By Mimi O'Connor | January 24, 2018 - 12:00PM 

A large ground floor space can be joined with the parlor level to make a duplex. 


If you're in the market for a renovated townhouse in Bushwick with an in-law apartment or the potential for rental income, 1489 Putnam Ave. could be worth a look. Listed for $1.5 million, the house is 20 by 50 feet, and is located on a 20-foot by 100-foot lot, which translates to a roomy backyard. 

The two-family building has been gut renovated, but retains many early details, such as wood floors, pocket doors, tin ceilings, crown moldings, and wood banisters. Both apartments have nine-and-a-half-foot ceilings. 

The parlor-level apartment is a two bedroom, and has an office that can be used as a third bedroom.

There's a chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances and an island, as well as bay windows elsewhere that provide nice light. The kitchen leads out to a deck and the backyard. The ground floor is currently being used as a common storage and rec room, but could be renovated to be part of the parlor floor apartment. (Note: the photos with furniture here are virtually staged, but that radiator is the real deal.)

The second-floor apartment is similarly configured and appointed, with an extra bedroom over the stairs, and no deck. 

The building has a new boiler, water heater, electric, and plumbing, and is a five minute walk to the Myrtle-Wyckoff L and M stop. There's a supermarket a block away, and lots of shopping and eating options on Myrtle Avenue. 



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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