When Alfred Treadway White commissioned Cobble Hill’s Warren Place Mews in 1878, the philanthropist probably did not foresee that his experiment in affordable housing for laborers would become some of the most coveted townhouses in Brooklyn.
Fast forward to 2018, and the 34 petite cottages of the mews are now far from affordable. The latest example here is the new listing for 8 Warren Place, the 1,056-square-foot brick Romanesque Revival-style townhouse that just listed with Sotheby’s for $1.995 million. That puts it at $1,889 per square foot, surpassing 2017’s median asking price in Cobble Hill by $706 per square foot, according to data compiled by StreetEasy.
The mid-mews cottage last appeared on the market in 2014, seeking a slightly more modest $1.4 million. The sale of the townhouse closed just four months later to an LLC that paid $150,000 over ask. According to architectural historian Francis Morrone rent ran a whopping $18/month when the cottages were first built.
Despite its steep asking price, 8 Warren Place isn’t the spendiest of the petite townhouses that line the English-style garden. The elegantly refinished cottage at no. 26 sold for $2 million in April 2017, with the townhouse at no. 14 following for $2.05 million in December 2017.
The townhouse at no. 8 has reappeared on the market largely unchanged from when it last sold. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse touts hardwood floors, exposed brick, beamed ceilings, and a private garden.