One of Park Slope’s most luxe and talked-about townhouses is back on the market, for the second time in two years and the third in under a decade. That’d be the five-story 1899 limestone mansion at 17 Prospect Park West, formerly owned by the actress Jennifer Connelly, who lived there with hubby Paul Bettany from 2003 to 2008.
If nothing else, our open house picks this weekend merit a drive-by — they’ve all got curb appeal, from a Victorian with a front porch to a bay-fronted brick Queen Anne. Three out of four need work, though, and no small amount of it; the fourth is move-in ready. They’re found in Park Slope, Bed Stuy, Flatbush and East New York.
If you are an interior design buff who goes bananas over brass and gaga over grasscloth, then don’t miss the first-ever Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse. Sixteen designers have filled four floors of the 150-year-old brownstone at 32 Livingston Street with lavish furniture, art, wallpaper, carpets and cabinetry to create showstopping rooms that combine modern design with the home’s original detail.
The Victorian builders of this bow-front brick row house went all out with detail. There’s no shortage of oak woodwork, gingerbread trim and stained glass panels. But all that was only partly intact when Dumbo-based Delson or Sherman Architects were hired to rethink the deep four-story house for a young family. In fact, said Perla Delson, “It was a mishmash.”
Recently I was considering buying a condo in a four-unit new-construction building in Brooklyn. The pictures of the unit in the glossy marketing materials, naturally, looked gorgeous. But after some intensive digging into the building and its developer, I bailed. I had narrowly avoided buying the real estate equivalent of a lemon.
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