Townhouse pick of the week

This charming Clinton Hill townhouse has a mansard roof, central air, and room for the in-laws

By Mimi O'Connor | March 21, 2018 - 9:00AM 

The 19th-century building has three floors. 


If you have a thing for architectural details, this Clinton Hill townhouse might make you go weak in the knees. Built in 1850, the four-bedroom, three-bath house at 490 Classon Ave. is listed for $2,350,000.

The fully renovated house has a mansard roof, a wood-burning fireplace, high ceilings—some of them tin—exposed beams, marble mantles, ceiling medallions, and crown moldings. Skylights help brighten the interior, which is helpful since the house is bordered closely on both sides by taller buildings. 

Almost the entire house has been updated. The roof, facade, windows, mechanicals, kitchens, and bathrooms are all new. It measures 2,400 square feet altogether. 

There's a kitchen and a bedroom on the ground floor, and another kitchen above. The ground level could be partitioned off more fully into its own apartment.

The house also has two outdoors spaces: a front porch and yard, as well as a 1,300-square-foot landscaped garden. 

The listing describes it as a two-family, but recommends using it as a one-family, or sharing with multiple generations. For what it's worth, the certificate of occupancy says it's officially a two-family, so renting out one apartment would be legal. The house is also outside of the Clinton Hill Historic District, so future renovations won't require quite so much red tape.

Shopping and eating options can be found on nearby Fulton Street. The nearest subway stop is the Franklin Avenue station, serving the C and the Franklin Avenue shuttle.



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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