A Maisonette on the Park – 35 Prospect Park West

It’s not too often that we get to write about a gorgeous Maisonette apartment with Prospect Park as its front yard.  This prewar residence, located in one of Brooklyn’s most revered buildings, 35 Prospect Park West, offers the virtues of co-op living while providing a touch of privacy. We’d be remiss if we didn’t place this gem in the latest edition of our “Apartments We Love” series. 

And just in case your French is a little rusty, Maisonette translates to “small house.”  In New York City real estate speak, it’s a ground floor apartment with its own private street entrance.  In this case, the entrance has its own address – 34 Prospect Park West – and an abundance of grandeur.  The curb appeal begins with a deep setback from the street; limestone knee walls with manicured plantings and an elaborate stone casing around the entry.

35 Prospect Park West opened in 1929 and was designed by Emery Roth, one of the preeminent architects of pre-war design in NYC.  The Beaux Arts classic sits prominently at the corner of Garfield Place and PPW, part of the historic Park Slope Gold Coast.  It rises 18 stories above the park and contains 72 apartments.  There is a full-time doorman and a resident superintendent; despite the separate street entrance, these amenities are available to the ownership of this unit.

At approximately 3000 square feet, this maisonette residence is as large as many single-family homes in the city.  The sprawling apartment has seven rooms which includes three bedrooms and three baths.

The stage is set with the entry gallery, a glorious formal entry (measuring 24’x9’6”) that separately leads to each of the three main areas of the home.  Think Center Hall Colonial.  Rich in architectural detailing, the highlights include herringbone floors, double crown molding, deep base molding and wainscotting.  A vestibule gives you the opportunity to dust off your shoes before entry into the residence.

The gallery is flanked by two major rooms, the living room and the formal dining room.  Both rooms enjoy generous proportions; together with the gallery they combine to create a grand entertainment space.  Party on the park we might say.

The corner living room (27’5”x18’6”) offers the same rich details as the formal gallery plus a decorative fireplace. The fireplace serves as the focal point of the room while creating a certain tranquility to the space. If the living room’s interior design doesn’t make you swoon, the double exposures will. South and west facing windows offer views of the building’s rose garden as well as Prospect Park. Despite the first floor location, the room is flush with light.

The formal dining room and the kitchen are to the right of the gallery.  French doors separate the two spaces.  The dining room (27’8’x14’2”) is so large, it would take two dinner parties to fill.  The third full bath is situated between the dining room and the kitchen,

The windowed eat-in kitchen offers stainless steel countertops, white subway-tile walls and stainless steel appliances.  Park views from the kitchen’s banquet table just made coffee time all the more special.  Now, the cool part. Just off the kitchen there is a very spacious walk-in pantry with original built-in China cabinets. The refined space doubles as a simple home office. The pantry has access to the dining room and a passage that leads directly to a private basement storage unit. 

The bedroom wing of the residence offers three generously sized bedrooms, each positioned back-to-back.  The windows from each of these rooms look out onto the tree-lined Garfield Place.  The spacious primary bedroom (14’x18’6”) has an ensuite bath with double sinks and a walk-in shower.  There is an abundance of closets in this portion of the home, including two walk-in closets in the hall.  A second full bathroom sits outside the second bedroom,  There is a stackable washer/dryer in this wing as well.  

When you decide to leave this wonderful home, the best of Brooklyn is at your doorstep. The neighborhood has some of the best cultural attractions and outdoor spaces in New York City including Prospect Park, The Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Central Library and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. 

This maisonette residence is currently under contract.  It was introduced to market in late May at $2.5 million; it took less than three weeks to procure a purchaser.  The asking price represents an interior per square foot value of $833.  The listing is being represented by  Aaron Seawood and Noel Borbon of Triplemint. Should you wish to take a peek at this one-of-a-kind space,  please visit Linecity.com 

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