Designated March 24, 2015, The Crown Heights North III Historic District comprises more than 600 buildings, including single and two-family row houses, flats buildings, and apartment houses primarily built from the 1870s to the 1930s. These buildings represent the wealth of architectural styles that flourished in Brooklyn during this period, including the Neo-Grec, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Renaissance Revival, Beaux Arts, Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, and Art Deco styles.
Then there is Sterling Place
There you will discover the citys earliest, most extensive, and most stylistically diverse collection of Kinko houses, outstanding two-family duplex residences that enjoyed a brief period of popularity in Brooklyn from 1905 to about 1913. This extraordinary concentration of buildings is one of the districts standout features. In 1905, the Kings & Westchester Land Company began constructing the ingenious alternative and in 1907, another type of dwelling hit the market: The Kinko Duplex House. Each fairytale looking group is a row of six houses.
1040-1040A Sterling Place dates to 1905. Designed by Mann, MacNeille & Lindberg, this exceptionally unique and rare Arts and Crafts style house with red and dark brick trim on its arches, doors, and window frames is both a standout and an unusual find. Happened upon one of the most beguiling streets, up steps and brick sidewalls the building has two separate ground-level numbered front door entrances that are both served with individual foyers. Each comfortable unit is constructed with a living, dining, powder room and kitchen on the lower level joined with three bedrooms plus one full bath on the upper level. So, in full house presentation; six bedrooms, four baths, two kitchens, and two living + dining rooms under one pyramidal gabled roof. This ideal plan presents the opportunity to live in a one unit, and invest in an all-inclusive other, without compromising the exemplar design of the house. Or, perhaps a soon to be owner would eventually combine both units into a special single residence. Distinctive features and a flexible configuration make 1040-1040A Sterling a unique pick.
There is a nice amount of still kept character in this enchanting dwelling. As you wander around each adaptable room, you will immediately discern how appealing this house is. Noticeable are many significant architectural details plus plenty of alluring potential. The lower flat [1040 Sterling Pl.] showcases an inviting parlor floor and efficient kitchen that leads out back to the dreamy and unusually extended 80 foot long yard that has a picture postcard view of St. Gregory the Great Church, a local bell tolling landmark with an iconic, 120-foot-tall, Romanesque-style belfry clad in white brick. The upper flat [1040A Sterling Pl.], with terrific style and decor, stars triple bay windows, wall to wall book shelving, a decorative iron paneled O' Romeo and Juliet balcony, a simply classic oak mantel and brick fireplace [that could be made to glow again], built in plate rail cabinetry, two enviable skylights, and a stairway leading up to a heavenly urban rooftop retreat which was completely transformed with black locust deck tiles and eastern juniper decking. The total measured space now built out on the rare 20 ft x 120 ft lot is approximately 2,720 square feet. The full height cellar holds the building's mechanicals, meters, and laundry. There is as well a terrific woodshop that can be dually accessed through the lower level unit and an outside front of house entry leading down into the building. With a maximum residential FAR of 2.43, though only built at 1.13, the allowed usable floor area is 5,844 square feet. Therefore, an unused FAR of 3,126 square feet will certainly add to the homes ability to grow and promising measure.
Situated within the picturesque Crown Heights North III historic landmark district you will one hundred percent appreciate being near the best that this wonderfully diverse community has to offer. Within walking distance from cozy Brower Park with its expansive green space and playgrounds, the Brooklyn Childrens Museum and one block from bustling Nostrand and Kingston Avenues where you will find an assortment of the most excellent local conveniences such as boutique variety stores, window shops, restaurants, cafes, food suppliers, and key metro transit and bus connections (2,3,5, A & C trains + B49, B44 & B65). And easing further down the road on majestic Eastern Parkway you will soon make your way to dearly beloved Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Library at Grand Army Plaza.
Today, this Sterling Place Kinko House is as prized and desirable as it was when they were first built. A particularly unrivaled offering, we would be delighted to introduce you