Featured as one of the developer’s ‘unusual homes’ in 1910, this Park Slope brick townhouse was designed to give buyers the feel of a private single-family home with the added bonus of rental accommodation to pay the bills . Located just steps from Prospect Park, 384 9th Street still retains its two-family layout as well as some of the features promised in that 1910 listing, including hardwood floors and large living and dining rooms.
While two-family houses were not uncommon in late 19th century Brooklyn, a particular type that emerged in the early 20th century consisted of two duplex apartments, each with its own private entrance. They became known as Kinko houses after the Kings & Westchester Land Company, which designed and built the first examples in 1905.
This row, which stretches from 384 to 406 9th Street, was built by one of the developers who jumped on the popularity of urban-style housing to design and build his own. In this case, Walter L. Johnson hired frequent collaborating architect Constantine Schubert. The row, which is just a block from the historic Park Slope district, shows the mix of revival styles popular at the time, with some colonial, medieval and Renaissance revival combined in the brick and stone facades. Pierre.
Despite the loss of its original diamond-paned windows, seen in the historic tax photo, No. 384 still retains significant exterior details, including its patterned brick facade, pedimented door surrounds ( one for each unit), its bay window with arched frame and cornice.
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The house has not changed hands since the late 1960s and there are many original Arts and Crafts style details intact, including fireplaces, wood-beamed ceilings and built-ins. There is also room for improvements, such as the removal of the drop ceilings in the upper unit and the carpet shown in one of the bedrooms. The listing describes the look as evoking “dignified hardiness.”
Both units have a living room, dining room and kitchen on one level with three bedrooms and a full bath above. The first floor unit has access to the garden through the kitchen and to the roof terrace of the extension through a French door in one bedroom.
Stairs lead to a laundry room in the cellar, also accessible by a door from the street. The upper unit is a triplex with a bonus bedroom and powder room on the top floor, as well as access to the roof.
In the lower unit, we find the coats of the living room and the dining room, both with their original inserts. The living room still has its exposed beam ceiling as well as what looks like an original light fixture and window seat. The dining room retains its wainscoting, plate rack and built-ins, although the ceiling needs some attention. The woodwork in both apartments could also benefit from a varnish refresh.
The upstairs unit has an interesting Arts and Crafts style tile fireplace surround with original insert, logs and andirons. The dining room, smaller than that on the ground floor, has a plate shelf but no built-in units.
Both kitchens have wood cabinetry and exposed brick walls. The lower unit kitchen is in a rear extension with room for a half bath.
None of the bathrooms are pictured, although the listing mentions clawfoot tubs and showers in each of the full bathrooms.
Listed with Bond’s Douglas Wagner, it’s priced at $3,938,400. Worth asking?[Listing: 384 9th Street | Broker: Bond] GMAP