Own a Wooden House

Yesterday I wrote about Webster Place, which features one of the most pristinely-preserved rows of 19th century frame houses to be found in Brooklyn. Those interested in living on this very special block might consider purchasing either 8 or 14 Webster Place, two frame houses for sale just across the street.

No. 8 Webster Place (center, above) is listed by Coldwell Banker for $799,000. There looks to be a little historic detail inside and the house has maintained its original massing. The listing agent dates the house to 1901, but buyer beware – dates from realtors are almost always incorrect. As covered in yesterday’s post, this block was in fact built-up much earlier than that.

No. 14 Webster Place (white house with striped awning, above) is listed by Prudential Douglas Elliman for $925,000. Prudential’s site shows photos of the interior, which was converted to house two families in 2020. It also appears to have an exceptionally deep backyard.

Based on old maps, Nos. 8 and 14 Webster Place were both built between 1880 and 1888. They straddle Nos. 10 and 12, a pair of blue & yellow frame homes (built at the same time) whose exteriors have been beautifully restored. The potential certainly exists to do the same to these two.

No offense to these listing agents, but why do neither of their listings tout the sheer beauty of this block? I’ll be anxious to see what these homes go for, and curious to see if the lucky new owners restore the exteriors to their former glory.