Living in one of New York City’s historic homes—that is, ones that are landmarked and largely unchanged from their original state—is probably not for everyone, but if you’re up for the challenge of calling an 18th-century homestead, well, home, then this Brooklyn house may be for you.
The home in question is the Stoothoff-Baxter House, located at 1640 East 48th Street in Flatlands. It dates back—way back—to the 1740s, when the smaller portion of the house was constructed a few blocks away. It was moved to its current location in 1811, and the owner at the time, John Baxter, added what is now the larger portion of the home. (If you’re curious about the full backstory, read the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation for the home—it became a landmark in 1976.)
In the present-day, it’s a four-bedroom home, with just one bathroom. (Remember what we said about challenges of old homes?) The house clearly hasn’t been touched too much since the 19th-century addition was tacked on, but the bathroom and kitchen have been upgraded somewhat recently—the latter even has a dishwasher and a washer/dryer.
Even if there aren’t many bathrooms, there’s a good amount of storage space—several large closets, and a few small ones—along with a small deck out back. For the right person, this could be a truly special home.
- Listing: 1640 East 48th Street [Halstead]