Open House Today, February 15: Brooklyn Heights Mansion Offers Historic Charm and Elevator

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The next owner of the Italianate brownstone at 38 Monroe Place will likely enjoy spending time in the city’s first historic district, walking in the footsteps of some of Brooklyn’s most interesting citizens (Henry Ward Beecher and Truman Capote among them), and living in the same house as Civil War general Mortimer C. Ogden.

Then again, the practical charms of modern accoutrements are not to be overlooked — like an elevator that services all five floors plus the finished cellar.

Gut-renovated by architecture firm J. L. Ramirez, who also overhauled another townhouse at 27 Monroe Place, the 22-foot-wide brownstone has a garden-floor entrance and a mansard roof with dormers.

Inside there’s more than 6,000 square feet of living space, with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and three powder rooms. Generous ceiling heights, oversized windows and wide-plank white-oak floors bring in light and bounce it around the rooms.

A dramatic square staircase winds through the house. The open-layout kitchen is en suite to a den and breakfast nook. The full-floor master suite has a dressing room, two walk-in closets, and marble bath.

The townhouse is prewired for power shades on all windows and a lighting control system throughout. There are new mechanicals and HVAC systems, with two temperature zones per floor.

There are three outdoor spaces — a planted garden, a fourth floor rear terrace, and a roof terrace with views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor and all of Brooklyn.

Known for its abundance of well-regarded schools, the neighborhood offers convenient shopping and dining (such as American gastropub Jack the Horse Tavern and Thai restaurant Lantern), numerous transportation options (including the 2/3, 4/5, A/C/E and R trains), and lush outdoor spots, including Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Promenade.

Listed by Ravi Kantha, Jed Garfield, and Matthew Lesser of Leslie J. Garfield, the home is asking $11.95 million.

There’s an open house today, Thursday, February 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Sweets and cocktails will be provided by What’s the Kitch.

[Listing: 38 Monroe Place | Broker: Leslie J. Garfield] GMAP

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