Built in 1887 by architect Adam E. Fischer, 396 Washington Avenue is a rare Clinton Hill mansion with 32 feet of frontage and parking for three cars. This sprawling Queen Anne style townhouse was built for William H. Mairs, who was the largest manufacturer of wallpaper in the United States. The original facade, which was meticulously crafted from terracotta, brick, and brownstone, is fully intact. Inside, many original Gilded Age architectural details have been restored. This grand home is beautifully renovated with four apartments across five floors, including an extensive garden duplex, and three sun-filled floor-through apartments above.
The parlor-level duplex is stunningly elegant with soaring ceilings, two fireplaces, stained glass, and a grand chef's kitchen that opens up to a sprawling wrap-around porch perched over a beautiful garden and Zen-like fishpond. There you can entertain or keep this rare oasis all to yourself. Though, once you see the handcrafted deck you may start looking for excuses to entertain.
Apartment two is a two-bedroom, two-bath stunner that stretches 80 feet deep and has windows on three sides. You have to see it for yourself. Apartment three is an 900 square foot single bedroom home with a beautiful ...
Clinton Hill is an historic, central Brooklyn neighborhood celebrated for diversity.
Its under-the-radar vibe appeals to people looking for a place to live, not a place to party. The tree-lined streets are wide with lots of sky, and magnificent mansions remain from when it was an enclave for the super-rich in the mid-nineteenth century. The rest of the architecture is a mix of wood-frame houses predating the Civil War, carriage houses, brownstones, midrise apartment bui ... read more