Fantasizing about what’s behind the front doors of unique buildings and townhouses is a favorite New York pastime, and sometimes the reality is just as interesting as the fantasy. Here’s your chance to get a peek inside three incredibly unique properties currently on the market.
This rare detached house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, dates back to the Civil War, which makes it ancient even for historic brownstone Brooklyn. What’s remarkable is that a lot of the character of this old home has survived — original entrance enframements and denticulated and bracketed cornices are in place, as well as the original wide-plank wood floors. Now the property ready for its next chapter, with expansion possibilities an alluring option in the house-crazy Brooklyn real estate market.
Behind a cast-iron landmark TriBeCa building that could be plucked off a neighborhood postcard lies this dramatic triplex condominium. The show-stopper is the Great Room, with 16′ ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, custom book shelves and Corinthian columns. Even TriBeCa’s many sidewalk gawkers probably never pictured a room like this.
Little Italy is known more for its linguine than lofts, which is what makes this massive spread so surprising. The 4,000-square-foot artist-style loft is in a historic but nondescript former factory building, and is currently being rented out to two commercial tenants. But the potential for a spectacular live/work residence is there: Note the original exposed brick archways and exposed wood beams.