Townhouse pick of the week

An updated Stuyvesant Heights two family with a backyard for entertaining, for $1,450,000

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By Mimi OConnor  |
October 22, 2019 - 1:00PM

The browstone has a nice mix of old and new features. 


If you're in search of a Brooklyn brownstone with a handsome restoration, a big kitchen, verdant backyard, and rental income, this Stuyvesant Heights townhouse could be worth a look. 

Listed for $1,450,000, 494 Monroe St. is a five bedroom, three bath that that's been updated with lots of modern conveniences but still maintains many original details. Prewar features include two decorative fireplaces, crown molding, wood shutters, banisters, and spindles, and wood floors. 

It's experienced some price drops and recently changed brokerages, so perhaps there's an opportunity for further negotiation. Another thing to explore: It's currently being used as a single family, but has the potential to be "easily converted" to a two family to help generate income, according to the listing. But it's not clear how much work it needs to be converted. (A quick check of the Department of Buildings website shows that the building is classified as a two family.)


That said, the owner's duplex looks very nice. The living room on the garden level is spacious and has nice millwork and moldings. The modern kitchen is also big and open, with room for a dining table, and has stainless steel appliances and industrial-style pendants.

A door in the kitchen leads to the lovely backyard, landscaped with tall trees, a patio area and large pergola with seating. There's a full bath on this level as well. 

A spiral staircase leads to the parlor floor.

The parlor floor has three bedrooms. 


There is also a full bath on this floor. 

On both the parlor and the third floor, the smallest bedrooms are too small to be considered legal bedrooms. 


The listing says the building's mechanicals are in excellent condition, and the townhouse is near plenty of options for shopping or dining out, with hot spots along Marcus Garvey Boulevard, and Tompkins and Lewis avenues. The nearest subway stop is the C at Kingston-Throop, (the A and the C can be caught at Utica) and a Citi Bike station is down the block. 


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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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