UPDATE (5/4/17): Alas, the sale of the stately townhouse will not a record make. The Post reports that the property has sold for $12.9 million, though it has yet to hit public record. Not only is it not the most expensive sold property in Brooklyn, it’s not even the most expensive sold property in the borough this year. That distinction goes to Dumbo’s Clocktower penthouse, which sold for $15 million in April.
(1/25/17) A former Brooklyn Law School building is now one of Brooklyn’s most expensive homes. The townhouse at 27 Monroe Place has gone into contract with an asking price of $16 million. If the sale closes for more than $15.5 million, it will become the borough’s new most expensive sold home. The record is currently held by the Cobble Hill carriage house at 177 Pacific Street purchased in June 2015 by photographer Jay Maisel, of 190 Bowery fame.
The 1844-built Brooklyn Heights property was scooped up by Jared Kushner’s Kushner Companies as one of three Brooklyn Law School building conversions set to land the group big bucks. But 27 Monroe Place was always poised to be the grandest—and therefore most expensive—of the single-family conversions. The renovated five-bedroom townhouse between Pierrepont and Clark streets first hit the market in June 2016 with an asking price of $18 million, and saw one single pricechop to $16 million in November.
The townhouse isn’t only one of the most expensive in the borough, but was also one of the oldest properties for sale in Brooklyn. But with its Jose L. Ramirez-led renovation, it’s hard to tell. The townhouse has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms spread out over five stories, all connected by an elevator. The townhouse’s amenities include a custom kitchen with marble-topped island, Savant smart home system, three fireplaces, a master suit with two dressing rooms and an office, a lower level with space for a wine cellar, a library, and oh so much more.