If you’re a New Yorker with even the slightest real estate bent, you have seen your share of over-the-top kitchens. Unfortunately, most of them are either on the Internet or the glossy pages of Architectural Digest. The fantasy of playing gracious dinner host in one of these worldly spaces is always a dream away.
Well, this particular kitchen, tucked away in a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, is certainly a “joie de vivre.” The garden level kitchen at 19 Cranberry Street is so enchanting that you may want to recreate yourself as a pastry chef. And thus a new edition to our “One Room” series featuring some of the best rooms this city has to offer.
Located at the corner of Cranberry and Willow, 19 Cranberry is a magnificently restored single-family located one block east of the Brooklyn Promenade. This sublime four-story home, which in its original form dates back to 1829, measures 26 feet wide and totals a grand 4,455 square feet. The house has also been modernized with all of the luxuries associated with 21st century living. There is even a private parking spot to the rear.
This French country inspired kitchen places you right into the Loire Valley. It exudes warmth, charm and comfort from every corner. There are areas to cook, gather or just sit and sip your morning cafe au lait. Light streams in from multiple directions; a garden view is to the rear.
Upon entry, your eyes float to the ceiling where exposed timber beams create a hypnotic presence. The rustic wide plank floors with their worn appearance returns you to a different era. Antique wooden cabinets were sourced from a mansion in the midwest and repurposed with German made soft-close hardware. The natural beauty of the wood flourishes; rays of light highlighting the grain.
The coup de grace of the deep appliance package is the custom Lacanche range. These hand-crafted French ranges, encased in black enamel, radiate sheer beauty. Brass knobs add an additional splash of glamour. Once you stop staring and decide to cook, the range offers eight burners and three separate ovens. There is a stunning hammered copper range hood with rivets above the range.
Moving to the center of the kitchen, there is a professional wood burning oven, clad in stone against the back wall. A handsome center island with counter stools offers an informal spot to eat and chat. The rear of the kitchen is anchored with a farmhouse table for six and a wraparound banquet. Three deep windows with interior shutters bathe this corner table with light.
Should you want to venture outside, a rear door leads to the garden via a gracious butler’s pantry.
If you can’t tell, we’re enamored by this kitchen. It’s enduring charm and its nod to the building’s history makes it truly a one-of-a-kind in a city filled with stone counters, lacquered cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
The asking price for this notable home is $12.85 million, about $2884 per square foot. The listing is being represented by Karen Talbott, Kyle Talbott, and Scott Sternberg of Corcoran. To learn more please visit Linecity.com.