The historic Park Slope townhouse at 857 Carroll Street hasn’t spent a long time off the market. In February of last year, the developer Matthew Blesso settled in after buying it for $4.05 million. (We called his move a “total architectural 180,” considering his previous pad was this green Noho penthouse he sold for $7.35 million.) Now he’s put the Brooklyn property back on the market for a higher price than he bought it for, $4.695 million, with some upgrades to boot.
When Blesso bought the five-bedroom townhouse last year, it already had great bones. It was built in 1901 in the Romanesque Revival style—its facade is still well intact—and the interior is still loaded with rich, elegant period details. Blesso didn’t take out any of that, but it definitely looks like he’s spruced everything up and changed the wall colors.
There are five total fireplaces, all of them beautiful, throughout the home. Other interior details that abound include inlaid parquet floors, elaborate woodwork, stained glass windows, pocket doors, marble sinks and wainscoting.
The parlor-floor kitchen is located right off the large dining room, which is decorated with a fireplace mantle, wainscoting and coffered ceilings. According to the listing, this is the room that will “dazzle your guests.” Then from the kitchen, you have access into the townhouse garden.
Also on the parlor floor, right off the living room, is a second parlor with the original wood staircase that takes you up to a stained glass skylight.
The second floor is home to the master suite, also with an en-suite bathroom, dressing area with original floor-to-ceiling storage and a decorative fireplace. There’s extra room on this floor to accommodate an additional bedroom or living room.
Then up to the third floor there are three more large bedrooms, a bathroom and laundry. You’re getting original period detail goodness in all five bedrooms.
Seemingly every nook and cranny of the house is impressive—check out the original marble sink, all that great closet and storage space, and the parquet floors below. It seems likely that Blesso is set to profit off this gorgeous property.
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Photos courtesy of Halstead
Neighborhoods : Park Slope