Brooklyn, New York.
Limestone townhouse on Park Slope's revered Polhemus Place is a historically magnificent corner home, with many windows on 3 sides and a splendid marriage of Romanesque Revival and Neo-French Renaissance architectural elements. This 5-bedroom, period-preserved stunner offers a 2-story original extension, affording dramatic 70-foot depth to the 1-family residence. This notable Edward Betts-designed home has seen its museum-quality detail lovingly and meticulously preserved. Paired central and rear staircases; custom woodwork of maple, cherry, mahogany and more; stained glass skylights and windows; wedding-cake plaster ceiling elegance; 2 gas fireplaces, several other mantels ripe for wood or gas conversion; 4-room parlor with beveled glass and wooden built-ins in the luxurious formal dining room; multiple window seats; original dressing rooms with antique sinks; lovely tiled baths.An exceptional array of stained glass, alabaster and crystal chandeliers plus hand-painted sconces; a charming eat-in kitchen with slate, granite and marble accents; sliding pocket-doors; picture-frame moldings: the aforementioned give you an idea of the design cornucopia this home so graciously, yet unpretentiously, proffers. This treasured residence has a landscaped, private yard with brick patio and side or rear entry: it is the perfect coveted oasis on this remarkably quiet 1-block long enclave. The English basement has good ceiling height and may be renovated to provide: a work-out studio, viewing room, wine-cellar, games room, hobby area, or 'nanny' quarters. You name it: the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Likewise, the sizeable 2nd-floor extension roof may be transformed into a rooftop garden if you so desire. Located in the Ultra-Prime North Slope, this unique home is convenient to the best shopping, restaurants, gourmet shops, greengrocers, services, private and public schools, as well as train and bus lines. Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum and our trendy Fifth and Seventh Avenues are close by. This 1899 masterpiece will certainly welcome some renovation and restoration, plus updating of electric and the addition of an extra bath or two. Yet, any investment into upgrades or fine-tuning will be money well-spent, because this is a home . . . the likes of which most of us have never stepped foot in or even dreamed about! 8 Polhemus promises a wonderful design for living: embellished by history, but offering all the warmth and verve we so covet today!