The historic William Tubby-designed house at 405 Clinton Avenue sold in 2009 for just $1.75 million?less than half the original asking price?and thanks to years of neglect, the owners were in for a hefty renovation. Well, the renovation is now complete and the owners are ready to show off their handiwork. Brownstoner spotted a listing for the house, which just hit the rental market for $14,000 a month. The brokerbabble says the place is "splendid beyond belief," and we're inclined to agree.
Built by Tubby in 1889 for the Brooklyn mayor Charles A. Schieren, the house is one of the most beautiful buildings in the borough (which is why we included it in our architecture tour), and the renovation did a damn fine job on the interior. The first floor holds a library, complete with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a rolling ladder, and a living room with a "hide-away projector screen" and surround sound. The kitchen?outfitted with "two dishwashers, a 1930s Wedgewood stove, two ovens and Rancillio espresso machine"?leads to a private patio and lushly planted backyard. The house has a home fitness center (with a ping pong table), six wood-burning fireplaces, four bathrooms, and six bedrooms, including a master suite that features Schieren's original restored 19th century bathtub.