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Victorian Mansion in Bklyn with Ballroom Up for Sale with a $12.95M Asking Price

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By: Benyamin Davidsons

A century-old Victorian mansion in Brooklyn, featuring a ballroom, has hit the market asking $12.95 million.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the home is located in a Prospect Park South neighborhood, known as Victorian Flatbush, where homes have outdoor space and large driveways.  The house boasts some 11,400 square feet of space and nine bedrooms.  The circa 1905 home is being listed by agent Mary Kay Seery of Brown Harris Stevens. The home was built by architect Henry B. Moore for George E. Gale, the son of a successful Pennsylvanian leather tanner.  The home has since been renovated by it’s current owner– architect Stephen Tanenbaum, 55.  He said he bought the home in 2017 for $2.75 million and renovated it.  He has been living there with his wife and their three children.

Mr. Tanenbaum is the principal architect at Set Architecture, which focuses on high-end residential renovations. He told the WSJ that he spent roughly $3 million making renovations on the home– a project which lasted more than three years and included repairing the storm water systems, fireplaces and porch, as well as floor plan and interior changes.  The electric, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems were also updated.

The house boasts a ballroom spanning some 1,200-square-feet on its own, and is equipped with a billiards area, a home theater and a full-size antique bar, as per Ms. Seery. She added that a spiral staircase ascends from the ballroom to a 400-square-foot loft with a skylight. The house is equipped with four working fireplaces, two decorative fireplaces and an impressive mahogany-paneled dining room, Mr. Tanenbaum added.  “It’s a special house,” Mr. Tanenbaum said, noting that its size and architecture make it a neighborhood focal point. He added that the home was in need of tender loving care when they purchased it, which made it “rough living” initially.

The home sits on a one-third-acre lot, and has a two-car garage, a 75-foot-long driveway, a grassy lawn, and a bluestone patio in the backyard. The front of the house has a striking two-story portico with grand two story columns, a porch, two large terraces and a Juliet balcony.

Mr. Tanenbaum  told the WSJ that he is now looking to sell the house and purchase another Brooklyn home which he can also renovate and transform. “As an architect, I get antsy,” he said. “I’m ready for my next project. I spent a lot of time here during the pandemic, so I got to know it well enough, but it’s a bittersweet thing parting with it.”





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