House of the Day: 8200 Narrows Avenue


One of the best known houses in Brooklyn, Bay Ridge’s Gingerbread House, is on the market, and the inside is just as spectacular as the exterior. We were expecting a run-of-the-mill Craftsman interior, but the inside is an elaborate, custom, fairy-tale-like early 20th century interpretation of a medieval cottage. There are Burmese mahogany floors, coffered and painted ceilings, heavily leaded stained glass depicting medieval lute players, Tudor-inspired oak panelling, fanciful brass door hardware, and plaster wall ornaments. The house was designed by architect J. Sarsfield Kennedy in 1916, and you can read all about it in this Walkabout. There is also a 17 foot-long butler’s pantry, a pond, a fountain, five walk-in closets, a wine cellar, and two garages. The current owners bought the house in 1985 and put it on the market in 2010 for $12,000,000 but it did not sell, according to PropertyShark. What do you think of the house — and the $11,000,000 ask?
8200 Narrows Avenue [Douglas Elliman] GMAP P*Shark

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