Actress Michelle Williams‘ exquisite taste in real estate has had us swooning over each of the extraordinary properties she’s bought and/or transformed–and renovation plans for the pixie-haired star’s historic 18-room Colonial Revival-style mansion on Albemarle Road were recently approved. In quiet Prospect Park South, her fame has paved the way for a new level of exposure for historic homes like this one at 1305 Albemarle, which hit the market yesterday for a neighborhood record-setting $2.98 million.
The unusual and somewhat haunting (though hopefully not haunted) 10,000-plus-square-foot, 23-room mansion would turn a few heads on its own, but a celebrity neighbor certainly doesn’t hurt. The impressive home has 10 bedrooms, six full baths and floors of pine, cherry, mahogany and oak. There’s a two-car garage and decks galore, including one with a six-person hot tub. But the Oscar for cool house features definitely goes to the unbelievably massive and dramatic third floor ballroom, complete with wet bar.
Designed by Stanford White protege H. B. Moore, the home is a star in its own right: It was a key location in the Oscar-winning film “Reversal of Fortune,” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” did some filming on the home’s first floor. The Post also shares some of the home’s history from its first owners in 1905 through a turn on the market for $4 million in 2004. Ms. Williams might be a good resource for whomever purchases the white cedar clapboard home fronted by four 30-foot Ionic columns, as it apparently needs a fair amount of exterior work.
Once inside, double doors take you to a great hall with coffered ceilings; the room is adjacent to a living room, music room, a mahogany wood-paneled dining room and a bay-windowed library.
All rooms on the first two floors have 11-foot ceilings, including the surprisingly of-the-moment-looking chef’s kitchen. There’s a fireplace in the kitchen and many others throughout the house. Rarely-seen details–like a three-story dumbwaiter and spider-web windows–can be found at every turn.
An appropriately sweeping staircase brings us to the second floor; up here there’s a master bedroom, a dressing room and two bathrooms–and lots of fireplaces.
It’s the third floor that can’t be missed. That’s where you’ll find that enormous ballroom with columns and a gleaming, endless dark wood floor, plus a wet bar and oval window. In the mid-1990s, the home’s owner would apparently rent out the ballroom for events in addition to hosting film and TV shoots in the entire home.
Detail-filled garret-like nooks are everywhere, including this charming little billiards nest. We can imagine parties with a different theme in every room, or a school filled with creative classrooms just for starters.
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Neighborhoods : Prospect Park South