A Brooklyn Gem

By AP Connolly

Built in 1899 and designed by renowned architect Montrose W. Morris, this mansion sits on Prospect Park West and Carroll Street. Featuring utterly glorious original detail throughout, the 7- bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouse includes stained glass windows, mahogany columns, herringbone floors, and delicately carved mantels, and five working gas fireplaces, to name a few.

Parlor Level This floor features soaring coffered ceilings and intricately carved wood details, a corner living room overlooking Prospect Park with a working gas fireplace and onyx mantel, a stunning formal dining room with fireplace, a built-in cabinet and corner vitrine, plus a gorgeous butler’s pantry with hammered copper countertops, storage, sink, and dishwasher.

Garden Level The home’s garden level also accommodates a beautiful and functional kitchen with handcrafted cabinetry. Also featured in the kitchen is its massive island centered beneath a Lindsey Adelman chandelier and top-of-the-line appliances, including glass, fronted Subzero fridge, 48-foot La Cornue range, two dishwashers, and a conveniently tucked away pantry. Find a cozy sitting area centered around the fireplace, looking out into the home’s gated garden. And while it’s hard to know what is most stunning in this home, one possibility is the 600-bottle wine cellar sublimely tucked under the home’s stoop, both a visual and functional gem.

Second Level Here, you’ll find one massive bedroom after another. The master bedroom has soundproof windows and faces onto the green canopy of Prospect Park. A dressing room of bird’s eye maple with stained glass and marble counter sits in the middle of this floor and transports you back in time. The second bedroom on this floor is equally gracious as the first and, like the master, also has a working gas fireplace. The bathroom is chic and lush, with a massive glass shower stall.

Third Level Two enormous bedrooms and a magical sunny library with original casement windows and cushioned bench that begs you to curl up with a book or a loved one. The front bedroom has a stone-planting balcony facing Prospect Park. The bathroom is whimsical and utterly lovely with double sinks and a massive tub that is nothing short of a piece of art, a beautiful spot for evening bath time.

Top Level Located on this floor are three additional rooms, one beautifully built with a hidden kitchenette that folds away but is equally beautiful on display and acclimatized A/V storage rooms. The central room is the perfect cozy media room with an enormous storage closet, and the last is the ideal guest room adjacent to a classically finished bath with a claw-foot tub.

Amenities A full-sized vented laundry is located on both the garden and top floors. A dumbwaiter travels from the garden to the fourth floor for ease of living. Plus, all the modern conveniences expected in a home of this caliber: central air conditioning and humidification system, Savant home automation including integrated sound system throughout, security system, central vacuum, and impeccable mechanical systems. Info: Asking $12.25 million.

For more information on 17 Prospect Park West, contact Lindsay Barton Barrett at Douglas Elliman (lindsay.bartonbarrett@elliman.com)

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