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This might be the oldest house in Brooklyn – and it's on the market right now

One of Brooklyn’s oldest homes is on the real estate market for the first time in nearly 60 years, offering a rare glimpse into a piece of the city’s history – and a suite of images for lovers of unique home listings to drool over. The price? A cool $6.65 million.

24 Middagh Street.
24 Middagh Street. Image by Kevin Carberry

This house at 24 Middaugh Street has been described by the Brooklyn Historical Society as “one of the best reminders of the early days of Brooklyn Heights,” a neighborhood that is considered America’s first suburb. While other early 19th-century structures still exist in Brooklyn Heights, the Middaugh Street house is one of the few to retain its original facade, making it a common stop on walking tours of the borough.

24 Middagh Street
24 Middagh Street Image by Kevin Carberry

The five-bedroom home, with a Federal-style doorway, wooden shutters and clapboard siding, also sports dormer windows and a lead-glass transom window. It dates to at least 1824, although the owners, siblings Celeste and Jared theorize it may have been built as early as 1790.

Bedroom at 24 Middagh Street, Brooklyn.
Bedroom at 24 Middagh Street, Brooklyn. Image by Kevin Carberry

With wide-plank floors, ornate mouldings and five fireplaces, the house has plenty of vintage charm, although it still doesn’t have central A/C. It also comes with a carriage house that has been converted into a two-bedroom guest house. Though the Weisman family has owned the house since 1958, its lengthy history includes a stint as a tavern in the early 20th century.

24 Middagh Street, Brooklyn.
24 Middagh Street, Brooklyn. Image by Kevin Carberry

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