This gorgeous four-story, two-family townhome built in 1891 by Henry B. Hill has all the architectural bells and whistles you’ve come to Bedford Stuyvesant to acquire — five fireplace mantles, original stained glass, original shutters, pocket doors, decorative relief plaster wall friezes, original moldings and protruding triple-bay windows — all bolstered by an extraordinary garden level/cellar renovation jumpstart that puts you solidly on the path to owning an exceptionally high end property in prime Stuyvesant Heights. Are you a cat lover? On the exterior of this Romanesque Revival beauty you’ll have your very own wild feline mascot carved into the sandstone facade, while in the front parlor you’ll be looked after by a pair of lions carved into the mahogany mantle.
459 MacDonough Street is configured as an upper triplex over a garden rental — and what a rental it is! The garden unit is thoroughly renovated with 16-feet of folding glass doors that completely open up to the rear garden for seamless indoor/outdoor living just in time for summer — triple paned for energy efficiency, comfort and noise reduction. The stylish renovation includes walnut cabinetry with an integrated SMEG refrigerator/freezer and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer; all new mechanicals, two-zoned HVAC, new windows, solid white oak radiant floors (3 zones). The original 1891 fireplace is outfitted with a working wood-burning insert with chimney fan to improve draft and eliminate smoke. All this in addition to the beautifully restored original mantel, wainscoting, moldings and shutters. The backyard boasts a new drained patio off of the garden unit, a steel and Ipe deck off the parlor floor, a new Ipe fence — and best of all an enormous pink Magnolia to delight in spring.
The cellar of 459 MacDonough Street is simply a work of art. A floating staircase made of reclaimed white and red oak leads into the space which has been dug down for 8’ 7" ceilings and finished with a thick polished, reinforced concrete slab with bench footing; new steel columns and girders, repointed original foundation field stone walls and exposed beams. This is the rec room that dreams are made of. Mechanicals include top of the line Navien instant water heater with buffer tank and recirculation tank for instant hot water anywhere in the garden apartment, Warmboard Comfort System floor heating throughout the cellar and garden level, and pre-plumbed for upper 3 floors; cast iron, 220 heavy duty sump pump; French drain installed to the front and the back of the foundation; and sub-floor plumbing installed for a bar/kitchenette and a bathroom.
459 MacDonough Street is ideally located just a half-block from the exciting commercial corridor of Malcolm X Blvd. and only steps away from the express A train at Utica Ave. You’re dining choices are plentiful including Chez Oscar, Milk and Pull, Nana Ramen, L’Antagoniste, Trad Room and more; shopping includes nearby Halsey Traders Market and many other resources. Come see for yourself and fall in love with 459 MacDonough Street.
Listing courtesy of Morgan Munsey and Perri DeFino
Real Estate Taxes
18' x 100' (42' deep)
Washer / Dryer in Unit
Private Outdoor Space
Verizon Fios available
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