Given the renovation fever that has swept the city’s historic neighborhoods, it sometimes seems rare to see a home like this one, built at the turn century in a Neo-Gothic style, that retains its grandeur after being designed and remodeled into a picture of 21st century city living perfection. This four-story Prospect Heights townhouse at 577 Carlton Avenue, currently asking $3.495 million, has retained its historic details, while color, texture and inspired design decisions elevate it above many of its more ordinary brownstone Brooklyn neighbors.
Inside you’ll find intricate wood fretwork, hardwood floors, stained glass, carved mantels, picture rails, pocket doors and box shutters. Starting on the parlor floor, enter a grand foyer and into the living room anchored by a wood-burning fireplace, where a wood-burning fireplace. Just beyond, the library is lined with built-in bookcases and overlooks a magical garden.
Downstairs on the garden floor, a renovated chef’s kitchen is big enough for entertaining, with a center island, pantry, custom cabinets and a view to the extra-deep landscaped garden. A mudroom–a sign that you’ve got plenty of living space if there ever was one–brings you to the garden door, where a sunny landscaped private garden awaits your next midsummer soiree or gardening adventure.
In the dining room, walls get the gold leaf polka dot treatment, which fits perfectly with the home’s restrained historic opulence. Also on this floor, a cozy-but-elegant family room and a powder room.
Upstairs among two full floors of bedrooms, three stretch across full width of the house. The master bedroom boasts rare Piero Fornasetti wallpaper and two separate dressing areas, each with its own sink and marble counter.
On the top floor are two more large bedrooms and a smaller room, perfect as a home office or nursery.
While the home’s current layout is as a single-family home, it’s on the books as a two-family; it’s easy to convert the house into a two-unit income opportunity with a large triplex over a garden apartment.
In addition to being a gorgeous showcase of well-tended streets and historic brick and brownstone, the neighborhood is minutes from Prospect Park and is becoming a dining destination for the borough.
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
Neighborhoods : Prospect Heights