More than history, a family compound in Brooklyn Heights
The oldest house in Brooklyn Heights, 24 Middagh Street, known as the "Boisselet house," can be dated to the early 19th century; some archivists surmise that it dates to 1790 and moved from near the Fulton Ferry Landing. Its Federal-style clapboard structure and charm remain intact, and its doorway alone, with elegant top- and sidelights and period bootscrapers are notable examples of the form.
But 24 Middagh offers more than a compelling story. The property represents a rare chance to own an expansive single-family home with outdoor space and a lovely carriage house, fully finished as a separate two-bedroom residence.
In the four-floor main house, light from three sides floods the living room, a country kitchen and spacious dining room, all with magnificent wide-plank floors. The upper floors contain five bedrooms, some with characteristic dormer windows.
The carriage house features a spacious living and dining area with wood-burning fireplace, and two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs.
This remarkable property represents a significant opportunity at $5,950,000.
A noted historic home:
"... one of the best examples of New York's wood-framed houses (outlawed in the Heights in 1852), and according to Charles Lockwood’s book Bricks and Brownstone, the house is "notable for its front doorway with its 'delicately leaded toplight and sidelights and elegantly carved ornaments' as well as its rear carriage house and charming garden." – Brownstoner
"This is the oldest house in Brooklyn Heights and though other homes on Middagh street are dated circa 1820s, only 24 Middagh has remained unaltered from its original state. Along Hicks Street you see the side of the house with its former carriage house on the right (now a separate apartment unit), a garden area and then the back of the house. The front of the house reveals just how perfect an example of a Federal style house this is from the dormer windows right down to the boot scrapers on the sides of the stairs leading to the entrance." – AIA Guide