Welcome to 14 Hancock Street.
A late 19th century brownstone townhouse in the South West corner of Bedford Stuyvesant.
For 97 years, this two family brownstone row house has been home to 5 generations and has welcomed travelers from far and wide.
As it comes to market, we invite you to explore this timeless Brooklyn treasure before its no longer available.
3 Story row houses are native to this part of Bed Stuy and were built between 1840 and 1880.
7 “Italianate style” row houses call the last Hancock St ending at Franklin Ave home, with each projecting bold, heavy brownstone lintels and sills around their double hung windows.
14 Hancock St’s original parlor floor entrance was a rounded double door, recessed in its heavy mold arched paneled entry at the top of its high, wide stoop.
And it also reveals a streetscape that enjoys a cul-de-sac feel with Brooklyn Public Library’s Bedford branch facing Hancock St at the end of the block.
at 14 Hancock St
The Victorian lifestyle was on full display.
From basement to top floor, the layout of rooms and their intended use continue to this day (with mild remodeled updates).
At the basement level, you still encounter a traditional vestibule and foyer, in addition to a kitchen with formal dining just off its hallway.
Since it never possessed any aesthetics, the cellar is used primarily for the building’s mechanicals and storage.
but the parlor floor meant everything
Late 19th century Brooklynites went to great lengths to impress each other.
Hosting social functions was an important step in gaining the respect and admiration of peers.
Welcoming guests at the parlor floor entrance would invite praise from everyone arriving at 14 Hancock St.
The round oak wood moldings on its doorways, bannisters and spindles suggested you were striving for the finer thing in life.
Couples arriving would enter the front room through the french doors off the foyer, where a stunning marble mantled fireplace would meet them.
As their eyes panned the room they would discover picture molded walls with framed photographs of their host’s family.
And as the evening wore on, the ladies would congregate in the front parlor room while the gentleman would pass through the pocket doors to indulge in brandy with cigars.
Experience it in person
While you’re not living la-vida-victorian-loca, you can appreciate the timeless charm and formality in late 19th century brownstone row houses.
The craftsmanship, its finishes, its scale are what you can’t find in today’s architecture.
The fact that you’re looking at homes from a bygone era says you’re not in the market to just buy a house.
You want to own a treasured experience that appreciates in value significantly over time like fine art and collectibles.
Find out what this two family brownstone has in store for you when you click the button below.