Rustic Townhouse: 256 Van Brunt Street

By Linecity, November 15, 2022

If RUSTIC is your thing, then we have found you the perfect home.

The townhouse at 256 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn offers three floors of rustic charm rarely seen in New York City.  Exposed brick, wooden cross beams and wood planked ceilings deliver a farmhouse feel to this eclectic home.

256 Van Brunt Street is frankly a bit like Red Hook itself.  This Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood offers a maritime footprint, an industrial pedigree and a bit of grit.   Not surprisingly, Red Hook has become a destination point for young families, artists and entrepreneurs.  

Located between Verona Street and Commerce Street, this single-family townhouse sits amidst a gritty neighborhood filled with industrial and commercial uses.  The property is a short walk to the Atlantic Basin and the Red Hook Ferry Landing.  You can catch a quick boat ride across to downtown Manhattan from here.  

While the exterior of this turn-of-the century townhome may not offer the splendor one might expect from a private residence, this is a clear case of not judging the book by its cover.  Once inside, the elements take over.

The three-bedroom townhouse offers 2,500 square feet of interior space, a rear garden and patio.  There is even a large duplexed treehouse at the rear of the property.

The first floor is a loft-like space with an open floor plate that includes a center kitchen with an island, a rear dining area and a street-facing living area.  Ten-foot ceilings,  wide plank floors and the aforementioned exposed brick and cross beamed ceiling deliver a warm and inviting living space.  A stunning industrial style bay window (wrought iron is used) looks out on to the rear garden.

The kitchen splits the floor and adds a bit of modernity to the home with a suite of stainless steel appliances. The center island provides a casual place to eat and gather.  There are no upper cabinets; instead thick wood shelves scale the brick wall and offer an opportunity to display one’s favorite wares.

The second floor is divided into three rooms, a front and rear bedroom and a middle office. There is a single bath.

The top floor is dedicated to the primary bedroom and bath.  The oversized bath faces the rear garden through multiple windows.  The bath, which is quite opulent, offers an oversized soaking tub and a large steam shower clad in marble.  The exposed brick and the wood beams carry through this space.  A hexagon tiled floor and a center chandelier add pizzazz. The floor also features built-in bookcases, a laundry room and a walk-in-closet.

While Red Hook is anchored in its past, the future will undoubtedly change its course.  Just two blocks west a modern residential structure, 265 Van Brunt Street, sits at the corner of Van Brunt and Visitation Place.

The current asking price for this unique home is $2.25 million, some 9.8% off the original ask.  It was first introduced to the market in mid-September for $2.485 million. The ask reflects a per square foot price of $900. Yes  you read that right.

The listing is being represented by Orren Azani of Compass and Maria Victoria Andrade of Douglas Elliman.  To learn more or just to take a peak, visit