Editor’s note: A November 7, 2016 update to this post can be viewed here.
Developer Shahrzad Khayami is betting big on a Willow Street townhouse. Khayami — a former senior portfolio manager at Citigroup Asset Management and founder of investment advisory firm AnK Capital — is funding a complete overhaul of the brownstone, converting it from a seven-unit apartment building into a single-family mansion with passive house construction.
She plans to ask $18 million for it.
Those of you obsessed with Brooklyn real estate will know that the current record price paid for a single-family home was set at $15.5 million last year — for the sale of a 10,000-square-foot Cobble Hill carriage house to photographer Jay Maisel.
But Khayami thinks she can do better, telling the Wall Street Journal that more families are on the hunt for large homes in Brooklyn Heights, attracted by the borough’s private schools.
Khayami, head of real estate firm AscentSeven, purchased 146 Willow Street for $6.8 million in 2014 and set the renovation in motion. AscentSeven soon signed on Brooklyn architecture firm Baxt Ingui, known for savvy brownstone restorations that incorporate energy-efficient passive house techniques. The firm is also renovating Norah Jones’ Cobble Hill carriage house.
Once the renovation is complete — probably in September — the 7,750-square-foot Willow Street brownstone will not only be a certified passive house. It will also have a rebuilt stoop, elevator, and high-end finishes, plus a roof garden with Manhattan views.
The landscaping will be done by Palm Beach-based Nievera Williams Design, known for lush dramatic designs.
The listing broker is Terry Naini of Town Residential, who specializes in luxury sales and served as the listing agent for the Tribeca home of Lena Dunham’s parents in 2013. The property has its own website now; a listing will go up later this week, she said.