Prospect Lefferts Gardens House With Hot Tub Asks $6,600

This whole-house rental in Prospect Lefferts Gardens combines the Beaux-Arts with the Arts and Crafts in a bow-fronted limestone with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a garden hot tub. At 45 Sterling Street, it is one of a row of 11 designed by noted Brooklyn architect Benjamin Driesler and marketed as “Easy Housekeeping Homes.”

When they went on the market in 1914, an ad by builder Realty Associates mentioned the “bay window front” as well as the “large entrance and foyer hall, butler’s pantry, hardwood trim, tiled mantels with gas logs, electric lights, steam heat , gasrange.” Many of those details have survived, including a columned screen in the front parlor and a tiled mantle in the foyer hall.

The dining room has built-in dish cabinets, a plate rail, and a coffered ceiling. A large galley kitchen has been recently updated with minimalist white cabinets, gray tile backsplash, and dishwasher. A door in the kitchen leads out to the garden, which is impressively landscaped with a deck, the aforementioned hot tub, planting beds, and a patio with bluestone-like pavers and a basketball hoop.

Up the Arts and Crafts-style staircase, the bedrooms retain their moldings, doors, and other period details. What were once two bedrooms facing the street are now one grand suite with a scenic wallpaper mural and two windows, including a bay. Facing the rear are two smaller bedrooms, one sized for a twin bed. The recently updated bathroom has stone wall and floor tiles, a marble console sink, and a claw foot tub with shower riser.

A second full bathroom and washer/dryer are located in the below-grade cellar, which has its own front and rear entrances. While the cellar does not appear to be a legal living space, the photos show it set up as a guest suite with a kitchenette and bed.

Listed by Margaret Calarco of Douglas Elliman, the house is asking $6,600 a month. Decent deals?

[Listing: 45 Sterling Street #2 | Broker: Douglas Elliman] GMAP

entry with staircase

parlor with wood floors

mantles with built in bookcases

dining room with wallpaper and built ins

dining room with wallpaper and plate shelf

kitchen with white cabinets

upstairs hallway with skylights

bedroom with bay window and wallpaper

bedroom with scenic wallpaper

bedroom with dressing area

bedroom with wood floors and picture rail

small bedroom with wooden floor

bathroom with claw foot tub

bathroom with marble sink

basement rec room with kitchenette

basement rec room and bedroom

basement rec room and kitchenette


bedroom in basement

bathroom with shower

rear of the house with paved patio

garden with wood deck and gravel path

exterior of the house with hydrangeas in front garden

floor plan of three floors

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