Townhouse pick of the week

An 1899 Park Slope two family with some charm, for $1.5 million

There are some historic details and some rough edges at this townhouse.

Compass

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A two family in Park Slope for $1,500,000 sounds a little bit too good to be true. After all, you could easily find two-bedroom apartments in the neighborhood asking that price. But this house is appealing enough to warrant a look and see what the story is.

Built in 1899, 211 14th Street is in the southwestern part of the neighborhood and has just under 1,700 square feet. While the listing describes it as a four-bedroom, we count only three, with a one-bedroom rental on the garden floor and a two-bedroom duplex on the top two levels.

If you like the sleek and modern aesthetic, this is obviously not for you, but original details, such as ceiling medallions, an original fireplace mantle, tin ceilings, and moldings add cozy charm to the petite townhouse. Need some inspiration? Check out this listing, also from Compass, for a similar 1899 townhouse down the street.

Neither apartment looks thoroughly renovated, but there appear to be new wood (or wood-like) floors in some rooms.  

Ceiling heights range from seven feet to eight feet, 10 inches, and there's a cellar for storage with four-foot ceilings.

Green thumbs, take note: There’s a huge yard in need of taming that could become an amazing sanctuary from the city. (We spot some wisteria; there’s also a shed back there.) The listing implies owners may be able to build out or up—of course you should verify that with the city if that’s of interest.

The nearest trains are the F, G and R at Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street. Prospect Park is up the slope several blocks away; other area perks include a YMCA, as well as shops, bars, and restaurants along Fourth and Fifth avenues.