Stars and stripes highlight new-old-fashioned style in this $10.5M Brooklyn Heights brownstone
This palatial five-story, 19th-century brownstone at 13 Monroe Place in Brooklyn Heights is a study in meticulously preserved historic detail integrated into a crisp, livable setting of all-American decor. After an 18-month renovation, the nearly 6,000-square-foot Yankee Doodle Dandy of a home appeared in Swedish Elle Decor, Paris Vogue, and MilK Magazine. Asking $10.5 million, the legal two-family dwelling is currently being used as a single-family home, complete with deck, backyard, gym, media room, and six bedrooms.
Larger than most of its kind at 25 feet wide and 52 feet deep, the 5,900-square-foot home spans five floors of sun-filled rooms, large windows, French doors and tall townhouse ceilings. In addition to 14 rooms, there’s plenty of storage and closet space throughout.
1,800 square feet of outdoor space includes a “park-like” rear garden, two sprawling cedar decks and a landscaped front garden.
The usual drama is in evidence on the home’s parlor floor, where original arches frame three open living areas. In the front parlor, a carved white marble fireplace provides a clean contrast with the wide-plank dark-stained reclaimed white oak floor that you’ll find throughout the house.
An open kitchen and dining area open onto a deck just beyond a set of classic French doors. Kitchen appliances include a Miele oven, cooktop and dishwasher and a SubZero refrigerator, paired with trim custom white matte lacquer cabinets by Effeti-Florence.
On the second floor, three children’s rooms are accompanied by two baths and a laundry room. This cheerful, sprawling space also includes plenty of built-in storage.
Another floor up is a full-floor master suite. The master bedroom boasts a new gas fireplace and a luxurious bath with radiant floor heat, a soaking tub, and a walk-in shower. French doors open onto a cedar deck overlooking the townhouse gardens on Monroe Place. Behind the master bedroom and a second bedroom, a walk-in closet and dressing room stand at the ready; that second bedroom is currently being used as a tranquil study.
On the home’s top floor you’ll find an Oscar-worthy media room, another bath, and a fully-equipped home gym.
Back downstairs on the garden floor that anchors this classic city estate, you’ll find a separate under-stoop entrance and a back door that opens to the back garden. The garden floor can easily be transformed into a separate apartment with a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bath.
Though its interiors show a love for Americana and old-fashioned style, the home’s infrastructure is entirely 21st-century, including a Savant home automation system, an integrated sound system, an audiovisual security system and more. Well-maintained mechanicals include five-zone central air conditioning.
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Images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens.