The year is 1826: The first U.S. patent is issued for the internal-combustion engine, the HMS Beagle—on which Charles Darwin would later set sail around the world, forming his theory of evolution—makes its maiden voyage to Patagonia, the Declaration of Independence celebrates its 50th anniversary, and, of a bit less national importance but occurring nonetheless, a charming Federal style townhouse is erected at 72 Hicks Street.
The 25-foot-wide Brooklyn Heights house has stood proudly at its perch between Orange and Cranberry streets since before the Brooklyn Bridge was erected, and prior to the construction of Plymouth Church across the street, where famous abolitionist and social reformer Henry Ward Beecher delivered renowned sermons from the pulpit. With its age in mind, the townhouse has been remarkably well-maintained and upgraded: This we know because the property has just come to market, giving us a glance inside.
The townhouse was purchased for an undisclosed sum in 2014, and last appeared on the market in 2015 seeking $10.75 million. But the real estate tides do turn: The property listed with Leslie J. Garfield is now seeking $6.75 million. For that Kings ransom—get it?—a buyer gets a four-story townhouse with impeccable plaster molding and three wood-burning fireplaces.
The clapboard-clad townhouse is currently laid out as a single family with a garden level family room, bedroom, and additional kitchen that could all become a lock-off apartment. The parlor level features two of the home’s wood-burning fireplaces, in the living room and dining room, as well as the main kitchen, and has access to the townhouse’s thoughtfully landscaped garden featuring a pond and a cherry blossom tree.
The third floor is laid out with one bedroom, a media room also with a wood-burning fireplace, a small bathroom, and the home’s laundry room. The crowning floor has been converted into a master suite with a mirrored dressing room, office, bathroom, and a bedroom overlooking the rooftops of Brooklyn Heights. Just imagine how over the years that view has changed.