Holy double parlor, Batman!
Half a block from Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, this circa 1901 French Renaissance limestone townhouse is both nicely updated and full of original details. Designed by Brooklyn’s own Axel Hedman, the elegant house is full of gorgeous parquet floors, tons of built-ins, and an envy-inducing new kitchen. Of course, all this doesn’t come cheap. The seven-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath townhouse is asking a cool $7 million. Listing agents are Lindsay Barton Barrett, Bradley Rodenberg, Lena Lerner, and Owen Hill Jr., all at Douglas Elliman.
Tax records indicate the current owners of this attractive domicile are Michael and Sarah London, she the CEO of a healthcare company and he an entrepreneur. They paid $3.85 million for the place in 2013 and, hence, are looking at a hefty return on their investment, not counting update costs and real estate fees.
There are four stories in all. The vestibule leads into the parlor level, with open plan living and dining areas and bay windows. The white marble kitchen is as spacious and nice as anything you will see in an affluent suburb, and includes a banquette in the bay window next to the breakfast table. Always wanted a library ladder? You’re in luck as this kitchen has one, for access to the highest cabinets. The rest of this level includes a powder room and, just off the kitchen, a cozy den with a built-in entertainment unit.
Next up is the primary suite, with a king-sized bedroom, walk-in closet, and bathroom with freestanding tub and shower. Also on this level, and connected the primary suite through the bathroom, a library that opens to a large terrace that is the perfect spot to have a snack and relax while overlooking the brick patio at ground level.
The top floor includes an ensuite guest room, plus three more modestly sized bedrooms that share a hall bathroom, and a laundry closet, while the cellar level offers two more bedrooms and bathrooms plus a family room and an outside entrance to a large mud room with lots of space for storing coats, backpacks and bikes.
In addition to the backyard and third-floor terrace, the shaded brick forecourt garden makes for another al fresco lounging space. And if the new owner needs more green space, Prospect Park’s 526 acres are less than half a block from the front door.