Thursday, October 16, 2008

Listing of the Day: Bronx Brownstone

265 Alexander Avenue , 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms - $525,000

Mott Haven seems to becoming a little more affordable. A brownstone on this block would have fetched at least $600K+ just a year ago. This is a massive brownstone on the hip-strip of Alexander Avenue. This house is really beautiful from the outside. I imagine it needs some work, but the listing boasts of original details like stained glass, claw foot tubes, and a marble fireplace. A little elbow grease might make this a steal when the market turns around again sometime when Trig Palin and his yet to be born, similarly aged nephew are approaching retirement.

The location is one of the best in SoBro. Proximity to the antique shops on Alexander Avenue near Bruckner Blvd, and great eats and libations at Alexander's, Bruckner Bar and Grill, and Santa Clarita certainly help the appeal.

You know it's pretty serious when the building is listed by Corcoran and the listing name drops an architect from the 19th Century:

"This home was designed by Richard Lomax for Thomas Overington circa 1887. Alexander Avenue has an eclectic mix of historic architectural styles including French and Greek Revival, Italian Palazzo and Renaissance, and Queen Anne."

La-Di-Da... BoogieDowner doesn't even know who Messrs. Lomax or Overington are. In fact, we couldn't even find any info about them by googling them. Corcoran could be making this all up, but it makes for a pretty impressive listing nonetheless. It's kinda like the Hills: I don't even care if it's fake.

The transportation is pretty sweet with the 6 at 138th and 3rd Ave, and Manhattan only being 1 stop away.


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