Townhouse pick of the week

This Brooklyn townhouse has something called an 'inglenook'—and lots of other period details

By Mimi O'Connor | August 15, 2018 - 10:00AM 

The 1910 townhouse was designed by Benjamin Driesler, an architect from Bavaria.


In addition to extensive woodwork, hardwood floors with inlays, ceiling medallions, molding, and coffered ceilings, this 1910 brownstone in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has a relatively uncommon feature called an inglenook—a cozy space with seating by the fireplace.

Listed for $1,675,000, 292 Sterling Street is a single-family with a guest suite; that language is a key indicator that the building's certificate of occupancy is for one unit, so don't go having any rental fantasies. 

That said, the townhouse's interior is quite stunning. The parlor floor has a foyer, which leads to a parlor featuring a bay window, pocket doors, and majestic built-in mirror surrounding by intricate woodwork and columns. You'll find the inglenook between the parlor and the connected dining room; the listing describes the hearth area as "the perfect place to sip mulled wine in the wintertime." Indeed.

The dining room, which overlooks the back garden, has wainscotting, a plate rail, and coffered ceiling. Off the dining room through a swing door is an updated galley kitchen with an exit leading out to the garden. 

A staircase with a stained glass skylight leads to the three bedrooms upstairs, where the intricate floor work continues. The master has a bay window similar to the one found in the parlor, and a slatted transom frames a smaller room that could be used as an office nook. A pass-through room (that contains a preserved shaving station, which we unfortunately don't get to see) connects the master and another bedroom. (A possibility: renovating this intermediary space to accommodate an en suite bath, where the current bathroom is.) Note: we don't get to see any photos of the bathrooms, so they might need work. 

On the garden floor, the basement is white and bright and can be accessed from the kitchen or from under the stoop in front. This level has a kitchenette, full bathroom, washer/dryer setup, and storage. 

The 2 and the 5 trains are steps away at the Sterling Street station, and Prospect Park is five blocks away. Basic shopping needs can be satisfied along Nostrand Avenue. 


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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