Life in the City, Away From the City in Central Brooklyn

Suburban living and urban convenience collide in this historic Fiske Terrace home.

Architecturally distinct from perhaps the prevailing image of “Brooklyn,” the historic streets of Midwood-adjacent Fiske Terrace are lined with detached, single-family marvels. The neighborhood earns its place as part of “Victorian Flatbush,” with a preponderance of vivacious Victorian-style homes. Look around, and find Queen Annes on Argyle or Craftsmans off Cortelyou, with more varieties mingling on other whimsical thoroughfares.

If you’re lucky, and wander down the right dead-end street, maybe you’ll stumble upon this six-bedroom Colonial Revival at 74 Wellington Court in the historic Fiske Terrace community.

Renovated and restored, this residence is replete with radiance. Even approaching it—through a motorized gate, up a heated driveway, under towering oaks—is its own experience. Upon entering, find yourself in an expansive, open-plan double parlor, enveloped in natural light from multiple exposures. Head to the right through an elegant, brass sconce-bedecked dining room for a fully refurbished kitchen that will have home chefs sharpening their knives. Travel in the other direction and end up in an ideal home office, a fittingly bright sunroom outfitted with a wall of built-in bookcases.

Up a floor on the stately grand staircase is a charming primary bedroom with a private patio overlooking the rolling green lawn. This level adds two bedrooms and full baths, while another floor above boasts three more beds and one full bath.

As if that weren’t enough space, a finished, high-ceilinged full basement adds laundry, a guest room, a rec room, and a near-64 square foot wine cellar. Out in the backyard, the two-car garage functions as a carriage house with a parquet-floored studio loft apartment on its second floor.

A former model property for the Fiske Terrace development, this landmarked A. White Pierce design was built c.1905 by the T.B. Ackerson Company. That firm is also responsible for another city-certified landmark: the country cottage-looking structure around the corner that is now the entrance to the Avenue H station. Oh yes, there is subway service on the Q line, mere minutes away. 

Life at 74 Wellington provides the best of both worlds. You can easily spend your days relaxing in a dazzling yard, traveling to local shops and restaurants, and basking in all the trappings of suburban life. Or, hop on a train that can connect you to all matters of New York City life—south to the ocean and Coney Island, north to Prospect Park, or all the way west to the best of Manhattan. So much inherent versatility, it’s almost unfair.

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