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This is a rare opportunity to rent an impeccably-preserved, single-family limestone townhouse and garden in the middle of one of the most desirable tree-lined blocks of the landmarked Lefferts Manor Historic District, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Built in 1909, designed by renowned architect, Axel Hedman, and built by Eli H. Bishop & Son, this Renaissance Revival architectural style townhouse has a white limestone faade, a flat-top octagon Spanish-tile terra-cotta roof with cream-colored iron cornice and rounded bay. The limestone open-walled terrace connects with the stoop steps and features a restored gas lamp. The main entrance features paired glass doors enhanced with black wrought-iron grilles. Enter the house into the vestibule with tiled floor and high raised paneled wainscoting.
This well-built, structurally sound house, boasts 10-foot first-floor ceilings and the original hardwood parquet floors made of tiger oak with variations of intricately-patterned maple and mahogany inlay borders. There are picture moldings throughout. The wainscoted entry foyer leads to a large, front parlor living room with three large octagon bay windows that invite natural sunlight, highlighting the original moldings and medallion.
The middle parlor, which serves as a library living room, features a fireplace mantle with porcelain tiles, built-in bookcases on both sides, high-raised oak-paneled wainscoting, and an inglenook with a storage chest. Oak pocket doors lead to the large formal dining room that spans the full 20-foot width of the house and is illuminated by an oversized, south-facing window that overlooks the garden. The dining room features more well-preserved original details: a coffered 10' high ceiling, decorative oak fireplace mantle with porcelain tiles, shoulder-high raised red tiger oak paneled wainscoting and a closet under the staircase.
At the rear of the house is the bright, spacious eat-in kitchen that features two large windows overlooking the garden, a decorative tin ceiling, white beadboard wainscoting, antique heart-pine plank flooring, white wood cabinets, black soapstone countertops, and a backsplash wall with white ceramic subway tiles and black and ochre mosaic tile border. The kitchen is equipped with white appliances and a ceiling fan. There is a pantry area with built-in Mission oak cabinets, rectangle tiled backsplash, a wine refrigerator, and black soapstone countertop. Opposite is a floor-to-ceiling pantry closet for storage.
Up the maple staircase to the second floor, a skylight illuminates the hallway with natural sunlight. The second-floor ceilings are 9.5' high and the original hardwood parquet floors and borders continues throughout the entire floor. The second floor features two large bedrooms, each with three large octagon bay windows, fireplace mantles with porcelain tiles, and closets. There are two original dressing room areas, which connect both bedrooms, separated by a pocket door and featuring original details: built-in closets with beveled pier mirrors, corner marble sinks, and medicine cabinets with triplicate beveled mirrors. The other two bedrooms are smaller with large windows and can be used as bedrooms, home offices, nurseries, or guest rooms.
The full bathroom features another large skylight, white subway wall tiles, black and white pinwheel mosaic floor tiles, a jet bathtub, glass-enclosed shower with a rain showerhead, pedestal sink, and built-in medicine cabinet with beveled mirror.
The finished, spacious basement is an open space that runs the full length of the house and offers plenty of recreational and storage space. There are 7.5' high ceilings and a large window that faces the yard and brings in natural sunlight. The basement can also be accessed through a separate street-facing entrance. This large and open room can be used as a recreation/game room, an entertainment room, an artist's studio/workshop, an exercise room, or a children's playroom. There is an additional storage area at the front of the house where the utility meters are located, with plenty of space for bicycles and other storage. There is a separate area for the mechanicals; another storage area with a window, two closets, and the laundry area (washer and dryer). There is a full bathroom with a window, large glass-enclosed, walk-in shower with a rain showerhead.
The south-facing garden is accessed via a stairway in the kitchen and features a natural stone patio and garden beds with a Japanese maple tree, a weeping cherry tree, a dogwood tree, evergreen shrubs, hydrangeas and other perennials. The yard is quiet, peaceful, tranquil and provides ample space for entertaining and grilling.
This house is a short distance to many subway lines: Prospect Park station: Q, B, S with transfer to the #2, #3, #4, #5 trains Sterling Street station: #2 and #5. Car parking is on the street. This house is also close to Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Zoo, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Central Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
2 stories + full basement
4 bedrooms + 2 full bathrooms
20' x 100' lot with 2,220 square feet
wine refrigerator, dishwasher, laundry
4 decorative fireplace mantles
2 pocket doors
Many original details and immaculate woodwork
This museum-quality house is not to be missed!