Before becoming a part of New York City, Brooklyn was a flourishing metropolis.
It’s increasing number of upper and middle class residents wanted housing that reflected their prosperity and place in society.
Many hired celebrated architects of the era to build one-of-a-kind townhouses in Crown Heights North.
And 1142 Dean Street displays the opulence desired by its wealthy new owners, anxious to impress their peers.
at 1142 Dean Street
So what makes this late 19th century row house stand out from the others?
In two words … lavish excess … (in all the right ways, of course).
America’s gilded age is on full display here in our lead photo, where you can almost smell the cigar smoke and brandy that filled this giant foyer in front of its fireplace.
The parlor floor of this townhouse was intentionally made for entertaining. Oh the dinner parties hosted here must have been legendary.
Especially when you see
We’re convinced once you see it, you’ll have the same reaction Linda did when she toured it recently.
Why the race to landmark Crown Heights 19th century Brownstone row houses?
Neighborhoods in central Brooklyn, famous for their 19th century row house architecture, have seen more blocks carved out and designated historic over the last 20 years.
The northern section of Crown Heights saw a good portion of its streets partitioned into what is now referred to as Crown Heights Historic District [ you can see the district’s map by clicking here ].
Anyone familiar with LPC’s mission will tell you it only attempts to preserve building structures and their exteriors in order to protect neighborhood architectural treasures from real estate developers.
We’ve had some experience selling brownstone row houses in Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights that were located in historic districts and find that home buyers, after viewing these homes, have questions that tend to be:
- What am I restricted from changing in a landmark building?
- Can I make changes to the interior floor plan/layout?
- Are property taxes higher just because it’s a property found in a designated historic district?
- Is it hard to get a mortgage to purchase a house designated a landmark?
For answers to these and other questions visit the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission at the link provided. It will take you to their frequently asked questions page and should prove insightful.