With a grand limestone facade and showstopping turn-of-the-century details, this historic mansion, found on the northwest side of Prospect Park, could be considered one of New York City's most spectacular homes, even if it hadn't been the former residence of Jennifer Connelly. Connelly—together with husband Paul Bettany of Marvel fame—called the stunning park-block row house home from 2003 to 2008.
The home, built in 1899, was originally designed by renowned American architect Montrose W. Morris, who was known for his large palazzo-style brownstones. It was commissioned by Samuel Goodstein, a prominent member of Brooklyn’s German-Jewish community, who actually commissioned both 16 and 17 Prospect Park West. The two mansions were designed as a complementary pair, but number 17, which is the corner residence, is grander and was designed with a higher level of detail.
The home opens with a grand parlor floor that features soaring, coffered ceilings and intricately carved wood details. The corner living room is filled with light and tree-lined views of Prospect Park. There is a formal dining room on the same floor and a beautifully updated kitchen on the garden level. There are also seven bedrooms over the home's top three floors—including an entire floor designed for the children. Other amenities include a top-floor media room and a secret subterranean wine cellar just under the home's front stoop. And if things get too stuffy indoors, there is plenty of room in the backyard for entertaining alfresco. Scroll below for more images of this stunning piece of New York real estate history.
17 Prospect Park West is currently listed for $12,900,000 by Lindsay Barton Barrett of Douglas Elliman.
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