City tax assessments are one way to estimate the value of New York City homes, and by that metric, the most valuable mansion in Brooklyn is 40 Willow Place, assessed at $6.14 million. Of course, buyers will often pay much more for a place than the value estimated by the city, and the owner of 40 Willow is hoping that's the case here. The house?which sold in 2003 for $3.1 million?just hit the market asking $7.5 million. And actually, looking at the listing pics, that number doesn't sound so high. The 45-foot-wide house was designed by Brooklyn Heights architects Mary and Joseph Merz, who returned to give it a recent renovation and expansion.
Double height ceilings with radiant skylights; glass, steel and oak custom staircases; a glass penthouse with Japanese soaking tub; chef's kitchen with eight burner Blue Star Range and three ovens; and a dramatic rear curtain wall on the living spaces and bedrooms that brings light streaming into the house all day. The flexible layout includes 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a 1500 sq. ft great room with slate wood burning fireplace as centerpiece; a library; a family room; and a large double height recreation room that functions equally as a play room, a media room, or both. Every room has been transformed with custom cherry millwork & closets, offering hidden storage at every turn. No luxury has been spared, including a 5 zone heating & cooling system, large wine cellar, Niles sound system, Japanese landscaping, glass & slate bathrooms, and a Zen-like master suite complete with private access to a penthouse with partial Manhattan views, media closet, & gas fireplace. And here's the floorplan:
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