Townhouse pick of the week

This Clinton Hill two-family limestone has historic details and a rental apartment, but probably no 'whispering trees'

By Mimi O'Connor | December 5, 2018 - 2:00PM 

This limestone townhouse has original details, like five fireplaces.

Ideal Properties Group

The language in the listing for this Clinton Hill townhouse is a bit over-the-top and nonsensical: "A lot of the time the loudest thing you will hear will be the trees whispering through the breeze." (Usually it's the wind that whispers, but you're not likely to hear it on a NYC street). Still, it is a lovely limestone on a street lined with stately buildings, and trees, of course. 

Listed for $2,395,000 (down from $2,495,000 last October) 64 Lefferts Pl. is a three-story, three-family currently configured as a two family. 

Built in 1899, the five bedroom, two bath measures 4,171 square feet and is located on a 120-foot deep lot. Historic features include original plaster moldings, in-laid hardwood floors, high ceilings, fireplace mantels, intricate woodwork and oversized mirrors, and bay windows. 

The owner's upper duplex occupies the top two floors, and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

The apartment has an open-concept living and dining area that flows into the kitchen. 

The bedrooms upstairs are generously-sized, and the apartment also has access to a deck. 

The rental is a one bedroom on the parlor floor (which the listing says can be converted to a two bedroom—but be sure to confirm the resulting bedrooms would be large enough to be legal) and opens to the rear garden in back. 

The basement level has a private entrance, although it is connected to the parlor floor via an internal stairway. 

For transit, the A and C trains are three blocks away at Franklin Avenue. Smaller shops and restaurants can be found along Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street, and Atlantic Center area offers big box stores, Barclays Center, and moe train options, including the LIRR. 


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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