Townhouse pick of the week

A renovated two family in Brooklyn near trains (and a car body shop)

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By Mimi OConnor  |
March 12, 2019 - 12:15PM

Built in 1910, the townhouse has been fully renovated. 


The listing for 142 Somers St. says the 1910 townhouse is in Bedford-Stuyvesant, but really, it's more like Ocean Hill. The 20-foot-wide, two-family is listed for $1,495,000 and is big, bright, and even has a finished basement. Another bonus? Taxes are also low. 

The owner's apartment has an open-plan parlor floor with living room, kitchen, and space for a dining table. (Note: It's virtually staged.) 

The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and a large central island with storage, seating, and outlets. There is also a large bathroom on the parlor floor. 

In the rear, a deck leads to the fenced backyard. 

Three bedrooms are upstairs, although one is too small to be technically legal. The master has a walk-in closet and en suite bathroom. A full bath is also on this floor, and the shower has custom glass doors. 

The finished, heated basement is also part of the owner's apartment and has seven-foot ceilings. 


The rental has a separate entrance on the ground level. It's a two bedroom, two bath. Again, one is a couple feet shy of being legal. 


The apartment's master bedroom has a walk-in closet and an en suite bath, this level as has storage space and access to the backyard. 

Both apartments have washers and dryers, as well as central heating and cooling. 

The townhouse is a block from Broadway Junction, where the A, C and L trains can be caught. You'll have to head to Bushwick to the north or Bed-Stuy for shopping and nightlife, and as of August 2018 (pre-renovation) Google Streetview showed what looks like a body shop and a lot filled with shipping containers across the street. 






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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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