Children’s Book Author Jordan Chouteau Lists Gorgeous Brooklyn Townhouse

The author of “No More Monsters Under Your Bed!” is selling a beautifully restored, 1886-built townhouse in the heart of Bed-Stuy.

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If you’re anything like me, Liv Tyler’s New York City townhouse made a standing impression on you when it was featured in Architectural Digest. Luckily, there’s this similar beauty on the market we can marvel at instead, which also dates back to the late 1800s and has been restored to retain its classical charm.

The distinct townhouse is located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and is owned by Jordan Chouteau, author of the illustrated children’s book “No More Monsters Under Your Bed!”. She recently decided to part ways with the four-story residence, so Chouteau tasked Tali Berzak of Compass to find a new owner for the 1886-built home, listed for $3,495,000. 

Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY
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Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Image credit: DDReps courtesy of Compass

Located on Hancock Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the townhouse spans 4,205 square feet and has 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a massive basement, a parlor deck, and a spacious backyard. The way the four floors are divided makes it perfect for a family with children and pets who love to roam around outside.

When entering the property, you step into a historic foyer with an oversized, half-glass mahogany door and 1800s pier mirror. The parlor floor features 11-foot ceilings, while the living/dining room boasts restored mahogany moldings, pocket doors, original wood shutters, and another center-piece pier mirror. Talk about old world chic.

Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY
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Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Image credit: DDReps courtesy of Compass
Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY
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Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Image credit: DDReps courtesy of Compass

The gorgeous, light-filled kitchen features a large island, custom cabinetry, Carrera marble countertops, and state-of-the-art appliances, including a double Wolf oven and six-burner Wolf stove, and a Miele dishwasher. 

The kitchen includes a full panty and a wet bar equipped with a 20-bottle wine cooler, as well as a Subzero refrigerator drawer and freezer. A double door leads from the kitchen to the deck, which is finished with a privacy fence and built-in storage. 

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Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Image credit: DDReps courtesy of Compass
Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY
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Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Image credit: DDReps courtesy of Compass

The backyard offers even more space for entertaining and relaxing, featuring a bluestone barbecue deck and dining area with charcoal and gas grills. It’s basically the perfect place to enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of a long day. 

Upstairs, you’ll find six bedrooms and three full baths. The master bedroom is the highlight of this level, looking out to the brownstones across the street through three large windows. 

The master also includes a spacious walk-in closet and dressing area, as well as secondary closet spaces. The five-fixture master bath boasts Cle tiled floors, a beautiful double vanity, a glass-enclosed rain shower, as well as a deep-soaking bathtub. 

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Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Image credit: DDReps courtesy of Compass
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Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Image credit: DDReps courtesy of Compass

Down the hall from the master is another king-sized bedroom and a second bathroom, while the third floor incorporates two more large bedrooms, two smaller bedrooms, and one skylit bathroom. 

The home is equipped with Leviton smart home light and sound controls throughout, and also boasts zoned air conditioning. There is also a basement level, which can be accessed via an interior staircase. 

The basement features the original 1880s arched brick columns and it’s finished with tile floors. It’s an ideal space for a children’s playroom, a media or game room, a home gym or a home office. 

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Restored townhouse in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Image credit: DDReps courtesy of Compass

The separate garden-level two-bedroom unit could also be transformed into additional space, or it could serve as an income-producing property for the new owners. 

“When private outdoor space and office space plus playroom is a must – this is the house that not only ticks ALL the boxes and has bells and whistles but also maintains the beautiful aspects of a Brooklyn brownstone,” said Tali Berzak, the Compass agent in charge of the listing. 

This Brooklyn townhouse benefits from a great location as well, close to a plethora of shopping, dining, entertainment, and leisure destinations. The Bed-Stuy YMCA is also just three blocks away, connecting to the rest of New York City. What’s more, the acclaimed Arts & Letters school will be relocating to this area from Fort Greene in 2021, making the location ideal for families with children. 

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Written by Ioana Neamt

Experienced writer with a background in real estate and a fondness for soaring skyscrapers and Victorian-style mansions. Also loves fancy homes with crackling fireplaces and views of snowy mountains.