“That place should be in House Beautiful,” you might occasionally think while checking out a fine specimen of a brownstone. Well here’s one — at 396 Sackett Street in Carroll Gardens — that really was. And on the cover no less.
As you might imagine, it’s a pretty, uh, beautiful house. Gut renovated, reconfigured and restored in 2011, it combines classic brownstone style and detail with tasteful modern updating and spare-no-expense upgrading. And it’s all in pristine condition.
Four stories and 21 feet wide, the house is set up as a one-family, with a huge master suite that takes up an entire floor. It includes an office nook, a walk-in closet, and a bathroom with marble wainscoting, radiant floor heating and a new footed tub in addition to a shower. There are two additional bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet, on the top floor.
The parlor floor has a living room and dining room, each with wide-plank floors and a fireplace (one working, one not). The kitchen is on the garden level, connected to the upper dining room via a dumb waiter, installed during the renovation. There’s also a second dining area and a guest bedroom down there; a pair of sliding glass doors lead to the backyard.
It’d be easy to turn that garden floor into an apartment. But the renovation doesn’t call out for alteration — plus, you’d be handing that lovely kitchen, with its BlueStar range, Liebherr refrigerator and black granite counters, to a tenant.
In the bells and whistles department we’ve got a dual zone HVAC system, a backyard irrigation system, a “communication center” that controls a security system and a four-zone audio system, and a wine cellar.
The house — which is showing at an open house this Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 — was featured in our Last Week’s Biggest Sales in 2010. At the time it went for $2,005,000, which was $370,000 below asking. Unsurprisingly it’s asking quite a bit more now: $4,500,000.
A lot of money, but it’s a lot of house. Think they’ll get it? How do you like the place?
Exterior photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark
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