When I think of architectural heaven, I conjure the tree lined blocks of brownstones in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The structures are neatly clustered in rows and seeming to stretch on into the horizon line, and yet, when you take a moment to examine the complexity and craftsmanship in each individual structure, you realize that modern design is lacking.
Several blocks in the neighborhood have been deemed historical landmarks due to the ornate and intricate designs etched into the popular stone which has come to symbolize the essence of Brooklyn. Some of my favorite blocks in the neighborhood are Halsey, Macon, Franklin, Stuyvesant, Bainbridge & MacDonough.
In addition to the stellar exterior design, the interiors of these brownstones when maintained are simply awe inspiring. Interior original features include crown moldings, woodwork, staircase and banister, hardwood floor, working fireplace and mantle and chandelier and lighting fixtures. These two to four level brownstones are going for upwards of $500k for smaller properties and reaching into the millions in the areas bordering Clinton Hill and the prominent Stuyvesant Heights. Bedford-Stuyvesant and the brownstone are certainly seeing a return to their glory.