Won't You Be My Neighbor?

I'll admit that when I hear about a beautiful old home getting "re-imagined with modern sensibilities", I cringe a little.  Why pay a premium for an older home if you are going to change it completely? But I'll eat my words with this one.  A beautiful marriage of old and new.

See the full listing at Corcoran 

I'll even admit that they did accent walls with panache here (something I'm not usually a big fan of) The glass wall in the back solves the light problem that every old townhouse suffers from while the extension makes the space expansive inside.  Swoon.  The only thing I don't love is the kitchen - it's nice but it seems to lack the imagination and character seen in the rest of the house.

What do you think?  Do you like the modern surprises inside or would you rather something more classic?


  1. I like your house better. This is nice and if someone wanted to "gift" it to me I would not turn it down. But I like the character of the old house.

  2. I love it. We live in a 100 year old row house and I'd LOVE to have this much light and open space. Great updates while preserving key character elements.

  3. I can't imagine buying a historical brownstone and doing it in modern. It is just wrong. : - )

  4. I love old. But adding in some new is not always bad and they did it pretty well. Except for the kitchen.....boring and no character at all. Bummer. Your house is sooo much better :)

  5. I like modernizing an old house. Perhaps if some of it was done differently I'd like it more but it's fine otherwise.

  6. Anonymous9:56 AM

    I think it's awful. That wall of glass is a monstrosity that doesn't belong in a classic brownstone. The view from the back is out of scale and out of context with the surrounding houses. To me it looks like a giant middle finger to all the neighbors. And on a practical consideration, how are they going to clean all that glass?


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