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Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn | Court Street & Smith Street
13 Rooms8 Beds3 Baths3,840 Square FeetMulti-Family

floors / apts3 / 2
Lot Size20'x100'
Built Size20'x48'
Building TypeHouse
RE Taxes$9,336
Price Per SF

Listing Features

  • Original Details

Outdoor space and views

  • Garden
  • City Views

Property Description

Available for the first time in over 50 years! Step back in time as you enter 281 President Street, an exquisite two-family, four-story brownstone with 8 bedrooms and 3 full baths, overlooking Carroll Park at the intersection of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. Built with the highest level of construction in 1899, this 20’+ by 48' home stands out with its pristine classic brownstone facade and preserved pre-war details which appear at every turn: high ceilings, parquet floors, original pocket doors, elaborate crown moldings, and stunning marble mantels. Enter up the classic front stoop through an expansive vestibule with marble tile floor and pier mirror into a picturesque foyer and parlor level. The living room stuns with 12 foot plus ceilings and intricate crown moldings and bathes in glowing southern light. Just off the kitchen, similar elements of pre-war character can be found in the formal dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the back garden below. Stairs from the kitchen lead you down to an expansive private yard. The beautiful original banister will lead you up the staircase to the third floor where you’ll find two spacious bedrooms each with a walk-in closet, an additional flexible room bedroom/office, and a full bath to complete this level. The south-facing bedroom enjoys sun all day as it overlooks the leafy trees and scenes from the park. The unusually high ceilings continue through this floor and onto the fourth floor of the home. Two more spacious bedrooms, a third smaller bedroom/office, and a full bath await. The north-facing bedroom’s exposed beams follow the roofline and offer extraordinary views of low er Manhattan. As does the roof! The garden apartment, with its private entrance under the stoop, has two bedrooms and a very comfortable living space. Access to the garden is just off of the second bedroom. Both the boiler and hot water heater have been updated, and the roof is in great shape. 281 President Street is the classic Brooklyn brownstone you have been looking for — Please reach out to us to schedule a private showing.

Listing History

Contract Signed by Chris R. Sheller
Initial Price by Chris R. Sheller

Building Details

Building TypeHouse
Year Built1899
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Transit and Citi Bike


Carroll St
0.09 miles
Bergen St
0.39 miles

Citi Bike

Carroll St & Smith St
0.08 miles
Degraw St & Smith St
0.15 miles

Carroll Gardens | Brooklyn

Quick Profile

Filled with charming churches, whose ringing bells punctuate the days, together with quirky boutiques, trendy bars, Italian bakeries, and restaurants featuring a wide variety of cuisines, with an emphasis on traditional Italian cuisine, Carroll Gardens maintains a sense of Old World charm. While most of the restaurants are small and family-owned, there are Michelin-rated restaurants for those special date nights. Abundant coffee shops and bakeries ensure you are never far from a tasty pastry and your next cup of joe.

Unlike many neighborhoods, Carroll Gardens has an impressive array of grocery stores, including the popular Court Street Grocers. While Carroll Park is the main green space, located in the heart of the neighborhood, there are other parks, such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Cadman Plaza Park, and Van Voorhees Playground, all within easy walking distance.

Court and Smith Streets are the main commercial areas, packed with bakeries, intimate bars, unique boutiques, and small mom-and-pop Italian cafes, many with sidewalk or patio seating. Court Street has most of the older businesses that have operated for generations in the same location. Smith Street has more trendy establishments. 

If you are looking for a neighborhood that is quieter and less congested, Carroll Gardens might be a perfect fit. It is a great place to raise a family, with good schools and safe streets. It is the type of place where you will know the names of your neighbors and the owners of the shops and restaurants you frequent. It is a great walkable neighborhood for retirees, and an easy commute into the city for young professionals. The streets are shady and tree-lined, and many feature brownstones and townhouses that sport sizeable front gardens, adding to the natural charm of the neighborhood. 

All information furnished regarding property for sale, rental or financing is from sources deemed reliable, but no warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy thereof and same is submitted subject to errors, omissions, change of price, rental or other conditions, prior sale, lease or financing or withdrawal without notice. All dimensions are approximate. For exact dimensions, you must hire your own architect or engineer.
OLR ID: 84705TH