Townhouse pick of the week

A 1899 Greenwood townhouse with ornate details and a rental apartment, for $1,900,000

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By Mimi OConnor  |
June 4, 2019 - 3:00PM

The two-family Romanesque Revival building dates to 1899. 


If you've got a thing for townhouses with turn-of-the-century details and need a rental to help with the mortgage, 720 Fourth Ave. is worth a look. The Greenwood, Brooklyn two-family is listed for $1,900,000 and measures 25-feet wide. 

Built in 1899, the semi-detached townhouse has ornate, mirrored fireplace mantels, columns, pocket doors with etched glass, crown moldings, wainscotting, stained-glass windows, and refinished wood floors with inlaid designs. 

The townhouse's electric and plumbing systems have been updated, as has the gas line; double-paned windows help reduce noise from the busy avenue outside. (It's a popular thoroughfare for both cars and trucks.) 

The apartments feature built-ins throughout, and the owner's duplex, on the first and second floors, has a media/playroom, and office. 

The kitchen could definitely used some updating, but it looks like the appliances are relatively new; the washer/dryer units are in the kitchen as well. 

A deck is off the kitchen, and the listing says the wall art is made from reclaimed wood from the original Coney Island boardwalk. 

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet with an Elfa system that can also be used as a dressing room.

The bathroom is in shades of vintage green, and features a stained glass window.

The two-bedroom, top-floor apartment includes similar period details, and offers Manhattan views. If desired, the apartment can be combined with the duplex below to create an even larger one-family home. 


A four-room basement (not shown) with a full ceiling has a half-bath, and access to the street and the backyard. 

The townhouse is two blocks from the R train at 25th Street; Industry City is close by, and many bars and restaurants can be found along Fifth Avenue and beyond. 



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Mimi OConnor

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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