Park Slope Wonder – 17 Prospect Park West

By Linecity, November 22, 2019

The gloriously refined limestone mansion at 17 Prospect Park West was designed by acclaimed Brooklyn architect Montrose W. Morris. Sitting across from Prospect Park in the heart of Park Slope, the home exudes the graceful dignity of a bygone era, while offering every contemporary amenity.

Morris, who completed the single-family residence in 1899, is probably best known for his work on some of Brooklyn’s first multi-unit apartment buildings.  

Currently offered at $12.9 million, 17 PPW last sold in the summer of 2015 for $12.4 million, at the time the second most expensive townhouse to sell in Brooklyn. In 2003,  Hollywood couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany purchased the 25-foot wide house for $3.7 million; five years later they flipped it for $8.45 million.

With 7 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 6,500 SF of spacious wonder, you’ll be amazed at how cozy and welcoming such a massive home can be. The parlor floor, with its herringbone floors, meticulous woodwork, and stylish moldings, offers a graceful entrance. The parlor room entices guests to sit and regale others with the day’s events. It guides you effortlessly into the exquisite formal dining room, extraordinary in every way.  The room is a design masterpiece brimming with custom woodwork that includes coffered ceilings, shoulder-height wainscoting, layers of crown molding and a wood-working fireplace flanked with bay windows. Off to the side is a butler’s pantry, complete with functioning dumbwaiter. 

Of course, one can’t entertain without wine. Step down the stairs to the garden level (effectively giving the home 5 floors) and find a dazzling wine cellar with enough room for 600 bottles of the finest vintages. Its natural, exposed rock design feels like you’ve walked into another world. The adjacent kitchen is enormous and worthy of a Michelin Five star restaurant. With state-of-the-art appliances and marvelous marble countertops, there’s nothing this kitchen can’t handle.

The bedroom floors occupy the top three levels of the home, resplendent with a second-floor balcony, third floor portico, library, media room and home office. These impressive rooms are bursting with potential and offer a true sense of home. The chic and simple designs in the bathrooms are transportive and rejuvenating. From beautiful tile work to soothing tub and marble countertops, there’s no better way to bookend your day. 
This ravishing parkside home is class incarnate. Striking both inside and out, its stained glass windows, handsome architecture, and quiet poise provide a home full of opulence, but without pretension. Listed by Lindsay Barton Barrett. View full details on