Rental pick of the week

A Crown Heights historic triplex asks a steep $10,000 a month

By Jennifer White Karp | June 26, 2018 - 9:00AM 

Touches of green play up the historical details at 1199 Bergen St.

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Light shades of green aren’t often seen in New York City apartments these days, with modern color choices leaning towards whites and greys, but this historic triplex at 1199 Bergen St. in Crown Heights makes a compelling case for bringing back olive, seafoam and pea green. It is asking $10,000 a month, a steep price for the neighborhood, where the median rent for a four bedroom is $4,000, a likely reflection of the work that's gone into preserving and updating this landmarked townhouse. 

The greens showcase and compliment the period details of this Romanesque Revival, where the apartment occupies the top three floors. According to the listing, the house was designed by architect Albert E. White for developer John A. Bliss in 1894.

The parlor floor living room has a large original mirror and crown moldings and the dining room (shown top) has a decorative mantel and also a relatively rare central staircase. 

There’s a Wolf range, Sub-Zero fridge, and Bosch dishwasher in the kitchen and the large central island has a breakfast bar.  

You can read a book in a swing in the master suite in front of the bay windows.

The back bedroom on the second floor is currently used as a library/office and wasn't shown in the listing photos. A large pass-through closet connects the bedrooms on this floor. The second floor bath has a shower room with a rainfall showerhead.

There are two large bedrooms on the third floor with decorative mantels and ample closets, and a smaller room that could be an office or nursery. 

This bathroom has dual sinks, a claw-foot tub for soaking, and stained glass panels for privacy. Both baths have heated floors. 

A large terrace leads down to a shared garden.

The apartment has been updated with central air on the upper floors, and split units on the parlor level. It is available Aug. 15 and can come with the furnishings. 

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is a block away, and restaurants like Catfish and Gloria’s are a short walk. Both the A train and Long Island Rail Road are a short distance on Nostrand Avenue.


Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer White Karp steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in NYC real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the New School.

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