It often seems that only in the movies do artists and fine art photographers live in adorable, 19th-century Brooklyn brownstones with winsome details like working fireplaces and horse’s walks. But then, photographer Jocelyn Lee does live around the corner from Cobble Hill Cinema, so perhaps that accounts for her cinematically-charmed life.
Ms. Lee, who has maintained a residence at 16 Butler Street for the last 12 years while not at her Portland, Maine residence (see what we mean about charmed?), has listed the picturesque townhouse with Town Residential’s Terry Naini. Asking $3.5 million, the 23-foot-wide Federal Style-townhouse is somewhat below market, Ms. Naini said, though she noted that she doesn’t expect it to sell at merely asking.
The townhouse renovation, which Ms. Lee took on after revamping a Tribeca loft in the 1990s (if there were any lingering doubt as to her thoroughly enviable living situations), was designed by architect Stephen Wanta, and combines 1800s details like pumpkin pine wide-plank flooring, built-in bookshelves, tin ceilings and pocket doors with modern touches like floor-to-ceiling glass walls, radiant floor heating and deep soaking tubs.
Currently divided into a four-bedroom triplex and a garden level one-bedroom (which also makes for a lovely art studio, should any other artists be interested), the semi-detached house has a large backyard garden planted with mature roses and perennials; it’s also outfitted with a little playhouse for children. It has, Ms. Naini added, been included on several local garden tours. Of course it has!