Lefferts Manor: Who’s buying those lovely single-family homes

November 12, 2014 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
This is 163 Maple St., which recently changed hands. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

Eye On Real Estate

Ah, those cherished single-family homes in Lefferts Manor. When they go on the market, people notice.

Take the elegant bow-windowed house at 163 Maple St., for instance. It recently sold for top dollar. Husband and wife Peter and Maria Weygandt paid $1.755 million for it in August, city Finance Department records indicate. At the time of the purchase, they had an address in Coatesville, Pa., the records show.

Contractors were cleaning the house exterior when we were in Lefferts Manor the other day.

As we explained in a related story, deed covenants dating back to the late 19th Century require that the houses in this landmarked mini-neighborhood be maintained as single-family residences. This has kept the properties’ architectural details remarkably intact.

Two other house sales are also worth noting:

* A combination Romanesque Revival and neo-Renaissance limestone and brick house at 117 Midwood St. “needs a full renovation,” according to marketing info on Corcoran’s website posted by associate real estate broker Paul Murphy.

Nevertheless, purchaser Midwood Preservation LLC paid a total of $1.23 million for the house last May, according to Finance Department records. The breakdown was $330,000 to acquire a contract of sale held by Samiel Hanasab and $900,000 the LLC paid to homeowner Ethel L. Lightbourne as sole surviving trustee of the Samuel E. Lightbourne and Ethel Lightbourne Revocable Living Trust.

Chad and Marisa Kurland are members of the purchasing LLC, according to a city Buildings Department filing they recently made seeking the agency’s approval for interior and exterior renovation at an estimated cost of $487,500. At the time of the purchase, the LLC had an Upper East Side address.

* The house next door, 119 Midwood St., sold in April to 119 Midwood St. Corp. In 18 separate transactions, this entity paid heirs of the late homeowner, Dollie Evans, a total of $490,000 for their interest in her estate, Finance Department records show.

This house was also built in a combination of Romanesque Revival and neo-Renaissance styles. Both homes were constructed in 1899 by architect George Lawton and developer William A. A. Brown.

The new owner soon put the house up for sale. Corcoran listed it in May on Brownstoner Real Estate for an asking price of $1.2 million. The asking price was increased to $1.26 million in July, according to the website. As of July 22, the house was no longer available.

The house is in contract; Corcoran’s Jeff Gardner is the listing broker, a Corcoran spokeswoman confirmed. Gardner’s online list of homes in contract gives the asking price as $1.4 million.

Photos in a virtual house tour posted by Corcoran show spacious rooms with lovely decorative details on doorways and fireplaces. But some ceilings have holes in them, or patches of missing plaster, those photos show.




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