In Windsor Terrace, this early 20th century row house close to Prospect Park is swimming in pristine original woodwork and other original details and also has an extensive high-end renovation that includes a Henrybuilt kitchen. A legal two-family used as a single-family, 277 Windsor Place also has a fair amount of space, including six bedrooms and a sunny six-sided glass and wood conservatory.
The bow-front brick house is one of a row developed by William M. Calder. A U.S. Senator and prolific builder, in 1906 he was busy building and selling more than 100 two-family houses in the area surrounding Windsor Place and 16th Street, moving the Brooklyn Daily Eagle to proclaim the project “one of the largest real estate developments in Brooklyn during the last year.” Eventually Calder put up so many homes in Windsor Terrace that the neighborhood, a “happy, thriving community of homeowners,” according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1912, was known as Calderville.
Inside, there is a kitchen and living room (originally a dining room) on the garden level, bedrooms tucked into the rear of the parlor level and more bedrooms above. The interior is overflowing with woodwork, with a pier mirror in the front parlor, a columned screen separating it from a middle parlor, moldings and wood floors with inlaid borders.
On the garden level, the street-facing dining room set up as a living room still has its built-in china cabinet, mantel and wainscoting with plate shelf. Beyond, past a full bath and a windowless room labeled a play room on the floor plan, is the renovated kitchen. It is spacious and windowed with a tile floor, a combo of blue and wood slab front Henrybuilt cabinets, an island and room for dining. There is also access to the glass-enclosed sunroom, which has tile floors and a door leading to the rear garden.
A new owner might not have a need for the two bedrooms at the rear of the parlor level as there are four more bedrooms above, although two are, as expected, quite petite. The largest is set in the bay of the front and includes room for a home office. There are three full baths, one per floor, all renovated with white fixtures. The one on the garden level has a walk-in shower while the others have tubs.
Laundry and a half bath are on the cellar level, reached via an open, modern stair and through a finished rec room space with vinyl flooring and recessed lighting. The mechanicals and other systems, including central air and solar panels, are recently updated, according to the listing.
The house last sold in 2006 for $1.525 million. Listed with Carolyn Cedar of Compass, it is asking $3.99 million. What do you think?
Susan De Vries