Above: 325 DeGraw Street back in early 2013 (Photo courtesy of Trulia)
Below: same house now
architectural drawings included in listing for 325 DeGraw Street.
image via Trulia
image via Trulia
It never ceases to amaze me that some people choose to buy a 100+ year old home in a brownstone neighborhood just to go about mucking it up and stripping it of every historical detail.
Recently, the two-story, multi-family brownstone at 325 DeGraw Street between Court Street and Smith Street in Carroll Gardens has been subjected to such a drastic 'make-over' that it is hardly recognizable as the same building.
Granted, the original two-story, multi family brownstone was not one of the more impressive brownstone example in the neighborhood, but after renovation, its new gray brick façade is so devoid of detail and so bland that it strikes a rather jarring note. Obviously, the owners were not going for 'contextual' design.
According to Zillow, 325 DeGraw Street was sold in October 2011 for $1,375,000. By 2013, the building was back on the market for $2,125,000, cash only, please. This time, the listing included a set of architectural drawings and a full set of plans for a renovation was thrown in with the purchase price. Here is the description from the last listing:
"Rare 25' wide Cobble Hill* townhouse ready for gut renovation and expansion. Cash purchases only. Here's a unique opportunity to build the townhouse you've always wanted. Most recently used as two simplexes over a duplex, this 3,625+ sq ft house can be built out to 5000 sq ft. Perfectly situated between Court and Smith this townhouse is just steps from transportation, and the vast array of specialty shops Cobble Hill is famous for. This home is offered with architectural plans to expand the house into a luxurious 5000 sq ft single unit home with finished cellar. Plans extend the house to 60' deep, accommodating central air, 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 half baths, huge eat-in kitchen with soaring ceiling heights, four terraces and open view and access to the backyard. Current floorplans visible online. Approved architectural plans available to view in-person while on-site."
*Note: Though the listing stated that this home is in Cobble Hill, this particular block of DeGraw Street was actually included in the 2009 approved Carroll Gardens Contextual Re-Zoning.
The architect on file is James Anzalone of Anzalone Architecture at 332 Douglas Street, Brooklyn.
It is unknown if the architectural plans filed are the ones included in the purchase price.
Yes, I know that DeGraw Street is not part of the Carroll Gardens Landmark District. Yes, I know that owners are free to put a new façade on their building. But in a neighborhood of old brownstones and red brick buildings, why would anyone want to live in a sad looking gray box?