Townhouse pick of the week

This Brooklyn townhouse offers four stories of modern California chic

Beachy keen.


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If you're a fan of California casual chic (and have a couple million to spend), 816 Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn's Greenwood neighborhood may be for you. Listed for $2.5 million, the single-family townhouse has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a den, and a basement. 

Part of a four-townhouse development, the house has lots of fancy touches and custom details. 

An abundance of windows make the rooms look airy and bright. The house also has hardwood floors, exposed brick and concrete, hand-troweled cement stucco, and striking wood-beam ceilings. Several Ipe decks offer space to relax outside. 

An open, custom chef's kitchen has bluestone and walnut countertops, a Miele paneled dishwasher, a Smeg range and hood, and a Fisher Paykel built-in refrigerator. 

The listing shows one full bathroom, which sports a similar minimalist-but-warm, wood-centric design. 

Other bells and whistles: radiant heated concrete floors in the cellar and on the third floor, an AC system with controls for each floor, quarter-sawed white oak railings, and a private parking spot. There's no elevator, so you'll end up climbing quite a bit. Don't forget your phone in the cellar!

The townhouse is between 33rd and 34th Streets, right next to Greenwood Cemetery. The nearest subway stop, the D, N, R station at 36th Street, is a five-minute walk, and the new Liberty View complex near Industry City provides shopping options, but no supermarket.  

For more of an idea of the place, here's a video tour. Did we mention the house has expansive views... of the cemetery?