853 Carroll - Beautifully maintained Romanesque Revival with roots to the NFL Large (5,498 sf!) and Lovely mansion on a Premier Park Slope Block - 853 Carroll.
Long set up as a 5 Floor, 5 family building, the Duplex unit (3 Beds, 2 Baths with laundry) is spacious enough for an end user family with room to grow. And four other rental units defray your cost to live on one of the most coveted blocks in Brooklyn!
Designed by the legendary CPH Gilbert, built by well-known developer Harvey Murdock and located in Brooklyn's "Gold Coast", 853 Carroll is a sterling example of the opulence that was created in 1880's Park Slope. Well maintained over the years, the current owner has invested a lot in upgrading the systems while keeping the original details. That shows itself most in unit 2 - soaring ceilings and period details abound here. The first item seen, a massive Silver-backed Mirror, was meant to show great wealth and bounce light throughout the house. Grand oak molding frames the large bay windows overlooking the tree-lined street. A carved Ionic Column portal with hand assembled beaded fret work leads to the rear parlor. Each of the 4 rooms has the original white parquet flooring, but all have different inlaid borders, all well maintained like new.
Leading into the kitchen are 8 foot Mahogany pocket doors with acid etched glass, a dormer of stained glass with an image of a Bloodroot flower (a native species of Brooklyn) sits atop. Looking closely at all the millwork, carved reliefs of many native Northeastern flowers are seen throughout - a movement at the time to bring nature inside. The eat-in-kitchen itself is huge and modern, the hardwood shaker style cabinets match well with the original motif and stainless steel appliances allow you to keep up with today's lifestyle. Off the kitchen is a Master bedroom that has to be experienced to be believed: high coved ceilings with the original floral plaster filigree are a hallmark of Gilbert's work and on display. A large bay window allows light and air to waft through. Raised paneling, a vintage wooden mantel with 3 arched silver backed mirrors and hardwood floors, are further evidence of the thought put into the design. To round out the room, there's a full en suite bath and walk-in closets.
Other floors in the building have 2 bedroom units with updated kitchen and baths, with a studio apartment in the garden level that could be re-incorprated into the owner's duplex. Mechanicals and other systems are all well maintained and updated. The garden space is beautiful - blue stone pavers, pea stone bedding and planters make a tranquil area to relax.
As mentioned, the location is sublime - Park Slope's Gold Coast. Everything PS is noted for is at your feet: World class dining (Al Di La, Negril, Miti Miti, the list goes on), culture (Brooklyn Music Conservatory, Spoke the Hub) outdoor spaces (Prospect Park, JJ Byrne Park/Playground) and shopping (PS Food Coop, Union Market plus many boutique shops) are all in a 6 block radius. Currently zoned for PS 321, you are also near to 6 major subway lines and a short stroll to the Barclay Center for major sporting and entertainment events.
This Mansion is so big, we can't tell you everything that's inside, or even all of its history. For a taste, the original owner, CC Broun, wanted to bring football to the athletic club he belonged to. They hired Walter Camp - the father of Modern Football - to be the club's first president. Private showings only, so call for one today.
For a full historical workup by historian Suzanne Spellen and further details about the development of early Park Slope, shoot me an email!