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.
Designed by Montrose Morris, the 25-foot-wide house is off the charts in its grandeur and period detail, from the Corinthian columns and the onyx fireplace to the leaded glass cabinetry and mahogany paneling to the ornate plaster detailing and herringbone floors. There’s a dumbwaiter, a butler’s pantry with copper countertops and a marble-countered, stain-glass-windowed pass-through full of lovely birdseye maple woodwork.
Then there’s the upgrades — the 600-bottle wine cellar (which sits under the stoop), the La Cornue range, the security, sound, central vacuum and humidification systems, the “impeccable” mechanicals.
It’s vast, to boot, with a mammoth full-floor master suite, two other giant bedrooms, a double parlor, a library, a media room, a guest room and an office. Then there are the park views.
So, you could say it’s got a lot to offer. Interesting that it keeps turning over. Of course, not everyone wants to live in a house with this kind of grandeur, which seems to cry out for the donning of a silk smoking jacket. Connelly certainly didn’t — in a “Conan” appearance she called the house “a little big,” and “creepy, you know, like the haunted mountain mansion.”
It did well for her financially even if she didn’t find it homey — she and Bettany picked it up for $3.7 million in 2003 then unloaded it five years later for $8.45 million. The Google exec who bought it (and did an extensive renovation) sold it for $12.4 million, a considerable figure but still a sight below the $14 million ask.
Now, listed by Compass brokers Lindsay Barton Barrett and Cristina Criado, it’s asking $14.5 million. What do you think it might fetch this time around?
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