Washington Avenue 1860s Scandinavian-Chic Farmhouse
Perfect for first time house owners who want to get a foothold into the Clinton Hill townhouse market, or investors who want a high income rental, or local Pratt students & parents needing housing and an investment opportunity, 155 Washington Ave is an 1860s pre-civil war, well-proportioned wood frame house complete with an original front porch, 2600sf of interior space, a large 100-foot lot and lots of original details plus modern day 21st century finishes. The house brings to mind Scandinavian farmhouses (Hygge anyone?), with its extremely high white washed exposed beamed ceilings and the overall feeling of light and air. The location is prime Clinton Hill and is just steps off of Myrtle Ave. It is turnkey with three units on three floors, measuring a whopping 20ft x 65ft on a large 100-foot lot. It's semi- detached on the rear south side so it has windows on three sides and lots of light on all three floors. The house's many high end fixtures, fittings and appliances make it stand out. For example, each floor has a GE washer drier, two floors have Subzero fridges, Viking ovens, Toto toilets and all of the dishwashers are Miele or Bosch. All of the baths are equally as luxurious with white pedestal sinks, mosaic floors, and cast iron tubs. And for those who want to add square footage to the house, there is enough FAR (about 1500SF & consult your architect), to build an extension/addition, (see rendering). Additionally, this is a great project for restoration buffs; the original front porch remains on the front of the building but it is missing its porch roof, cornice, and columns. Many wood framed houses have been restored in the neighborhood with many of these exterior details added back, creating beautiful and valuable properties, (see original historical photo from NYC archives to see the original exterior). And, because it's not landmarked, getting the project through the city approvals will be that much easier.
The building has a versatile layout which is further enhanced by each floor's private entrances. You could maintain three separate units or duplex any of the two floors, creating a three-bedroom duplex. The first floor is a slate floored, rambling two bedrooms plus a sleeping loft and two baths, opening out into a huge 35 ft. foot garden. Its kitchen includes white marble kitchen counters, a Bosch dishwasher, a Viking stove top and tons of cabinet space. The master bath has a new claw foot tub and crisp white bead board walls and a white pedestal sink. The 2nd floor is the original parlor floor and is a one bedroom/one bath with soaring 14 foot ceilings, white washed exposed ceiling beams, and an original marble mantel. The kitchen has a Sub Zero fridge, Miele dishwasher, Viking stove top, Gaggenau freezer drawers, and a GE washer drier. The bath is a true spa bath with a 6 foot Kohler Tea for Two cast iron soaking tub, stone mosaic floors and walls, a Toto toilet and a white pedestal sink. Plus, there's outdoor space; it has a large deck with stairs to the garden. The parlor floor can easily be reconnected to the garden level, creating a 1800sf three bedroom & three bath duplex with a garden and a large deck. Or, if you want to live on the upper two floors with a downstairs tenant, one can create an upper duplex with two or three bedrooms and two baths, (see Floorplan options 1 and 2). The top floor is a magical, light filled one bedroom, home office and one bath with ten skylights, a chef's kitchen including a Viking stove and a Sub Zero fridge. There is access to the outside through a side door and an exterior stair to the garden. The first and second floor will be delivered vacant. The top floor is rented til June 2018 and the present rent is $2900. Mechanicals i.e. roof and boiler are all in good order.
The house is close to all shopping and restaurants and gourmet food shops like "Pecks" just up the street and restaurants like P