A luxurious contemporary living room has a wall-mounted gas fireplace
Right now, Brooklyn Heights is an area of great intrigue because of robust real estate sales. They peaked after in-person showings resumed during the pandemic, culminating in an off-market townhouse sale at $25.5 million on Montague Terrace, the most expensive home ever sold in Brooklyn.
Now the broker who closed that deal, Lindsay Barton Barrett of Douglas Elliman, offers another extraordinary listing: a five-story home with a backyard and rooftop deck that, behind a historic and picturesque Hicks Street façade, features the updated amenities sought by today’s luxury homeowners.
“It is very hard to find anything in the area as impeccably renovated as this house,” says Barrett. “With multiple living spaces, two home offices and two outdoor living areas, it is a rare property.”
While the interior has been completely renovated, the historic facade has been carefully restored
Built in 1915, this townhouse has 5,700 square feet of living space, which includes the finished basement. This lower level, which provides access to the back yard, also has a flexible recreation or family room, a laundry room with side-by-side washer and LG steam dryer, Scavolini cabinetry with laundry room built-ins, additional storage space and a powder room with a custom marble vanity and marble flooring.
The flooring is a quality indicator throughout: stairways and hallways are floored with white marble, engineered white oak herringbone parquet suits living rooms and bedrooms, while the bathrooms are floored with mosaic tiles and marble slabs.
Five bedrooms, four full- and three half-bathrooms, two home offices and an elevator suit today’s lifestyle. And, for the security-conscious, the home’s owner’s suite can act as an impenetrable safe room with blast and ballistic-resistant walls and doors.
A stunning custom chandelier descends in the stair hall
Other notable features of the building include a 12-zone air conditioning system,Pella architectural windows, a concrete superstructure with maximum sound mitigation, eleven- and nine-foot ceiling heights, two gas fireplaces, a custom 40-foot high cascading chandelier spanning four floors and, perhaps most luxurious of all, a radiant heated sidewalk.
A kitchen door leads out to the back yard
The kitchen has the appliances and fixtures a home cook wants: a Viking Tuscany stove and vented range hood, a Sub Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, Waterworks fixtures, a Wolf microwave, Miele dishwasher and Scavolini cabinetry.
Private outdoor space is one of the scarcest and most desirable features of urban living, and this home has two. The back yard, which is enclosed with cedar plank fencing, is paved with granite, has custom cedar planting boxes, is pre-wired for outdoor sound and television, and has a plumbed gas line. The rooftop deck, which is accessible via an automatically operable skylight, is fully finished and equipped with water and a drain for a rooftop wet bar.
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