384 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn NY

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At the Heart of Brooklyn on Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene bordering Prospect Heights with all the Restaurants, Shops & Activities both neighborhoods have to offer including the new Barclays Center. Built c.1879 with a mix of Italianate and Neo Greek Revival features, this landmarked, 4-story brownstone sits on one of Fort Green's best tree-lined blocks. Currently being converted to a legal 2-family the owner's triplex has 3 large bedrooms with ample closet space in each room. Having 2.5 bathrooms and open loft space, the floor to ceiling windows on the parlor floor extend all the way to the 3rd floor bringing in tons of natural light. Warm, elegant, and spacious, its original splendor is retained while it has been fully updated for the 21st century. The chef's kitchen features modern cabinetry and Cesar stone counter tops with Sub Zero & Wolf appliances. The parlor floor opens onto a full width steel deck, perched over a sunny automatically sprinklered garden. The bathrooms in the house feature high-end upscale fixtures and tiles with gracious designs providing both tubs and steam showers in every bathroom. The rental unit has a very large bedroom with a modern kitchen and bathroom as well as back yard garden access. All salvageable details in this house have been professionally restored. This house has gone through a major overhaul getting a brand new roof, new deck, new electrical throughout, electrical low voltage providing video intercom and wiring for cable tv and internet, brand new bathrooms, 5" wide plank oak flooring throughout, central air conditioning, new plumbing and a heating system with 2 tank less water heaters and a high efficiency green boiler which is connected to a 4 zone radiant heating system throughout the entire house! The entire house has been spray foamed to ensure the highest R rating of insulation along with a gorgeous green roof! No detail has been overlooked and no expense has been spared. This historic brownstone has been rebuilt with white glove treatment and care. Only green energy efficient products have been used. This is the house for the buyer seeking ultimate luxury in an original brownstone with all of the latest technology providing hassle free maintenance for years to come.

Cross Street: Fulton Street and Greene Avenue

Neighborhood: Fort Greene

Style: Italianate/Neo-Grec

Date: 1879

Primary materials: Brownstone

Architect: Thomas P. Jackson

Landmarked: Yes, part of Fort Greene Historic District

Additional information: Fort Greene was still expanding in 1879 when developer/architect Thomas P. Jackson built the sixteen houses that make up this group. Vanderbilt Avenue is the dividing line between Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, and was soon to become a service street for the Robber Baron mansions of nearby Clinton Avenue. In 1879, however, the Fort Greene side of the block was, and still is, residential.

The houses were built in four groups of four houses each, as each group is similar, but there are subtle differences. Numbers 376-384 have slightly different raised bandcourses of stone on the ground floor level, as compared to their neighbors. They are also a bit taller. But the entire group is very much the same, and in excellent shape.

They are basically in the Italianate style, the classic “brownstone,” that gives rise to the name of all rowhouses in New York. The style is characterized by flat blocks of smooth sandstone, ornamented with heavy carved doorways and window frames, steep stoops, and heavy overhanging cornices. The front door at the parlor floor level is flanked by carved foliate brackets, with a carved foliate keystone in the center.

The classic Italianate brownstone had acanthus leaf brackets, but that simple design had morphed into other plant life, often just an organic mass that one may need a moment to study to figure out what it is. This is typical for Italianates built towards the end of that style’s popularity, as these were. Neo-Grec was the new building style, which featured flat, incised carved detail, and Jackson incorporated elements of that style by including the incised floral paneled friezes that appear just below the window lintels.

The wooden cornice, double arched doors, and cast iron railings are typical of the Italianate style and are in excellent shape, although the original newel posts on the stairs is gone. The cast iron newel posts on the front gate to the street are still there, and feature acorns as finials, symbols of welcome.

And welcome they did. All of the houses in this group sold quickly, to owners who were all comfortable in their station. 384’s first owner was a widow named Helen Davis. Her neighbors included several merchants, a tailor, lawyer & stockbroker. and the principal of a nearby school.

For more information contact:

Ban Leow

Lic. R.E. Salesperson

Tel: (718) 613-2039

bleow@halstead.com


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