An award-winning architect and artist/collector collaborated to design this majestic two-family, 20' limestone townhouse showcasing meticulous craftsmanship and remarkable natural light throughout in the heart of Prospect Heights. With classic restored elements including much of the original hardwood floor and moldings juxtaposed with a modern aesthetic and conveniences, this exquisite residence features a brilliant floor plan that graces the sprawling living, dining, and entertaining space with multiple skylights and a deck with glorious sunset views.
PARLOR LEVEL: The attention to detail in the design throughout is instantaneously evidenced in the generously proportioned entry foyer of the owner's duplex, where original moldings were repurposed and natural light pours in from a skylight at the top of the staircase before you. A rarity in a townhouse, a coat closet is positioned immediately off the foyer, and there is also ample room to leave other belongings (including strollers) before proceeding down the wide hallway to the bedrooms. The luxurious master bedroom suite enjoys soft morning light, treetop views from the front bay windows, a tremendous, cedar-lined walk-through closet, and a stunning master bathroom swathed with beautiful Bisazza tile work. With rear bay windows framing lovely garden views, the king-sized second bedroom also offers a cedar-lined walk-in closet and a separated windowed nook, perfect for any remote schooling or work-from-home needs. The third bedroom with a large closet is currently being used as a painting studio, speaking to the lovely light it receives. An additional windowed full bathroom, linen closet, and vented washer/dryer are also on this floor.
UPPER LEVEL: After heading up the beautifully restored original staircase bathed in natural light from the skylight above, you arrive on the top floor - the crown jewel of the residence. As you round the corner to the landing you are struck by the handsome wide plank hickory floors and a dramatic wall of warm walnut encompassing built-in shelving. The natural light on this level is extraordinary as the front bay of windows is complemented with multiple skylights and an amazing clerestory that sends the sun cascading around the living room all day long from three directions. An open chef's kitchen is the centerpiece of this entertaining paradise and includes cabinetry of walnut and a custom pale blue developed by the artist/collector. Jet Mist granite countertops with a spacious breakfast bar, an undermounted Elkay sink with a built-in stainless steel drainboard, and an appliance package that would please even the most discerning chef including a Wolf four-burner range plus ceramic grill with commercial grade exhaust, and Sub Zero refrigerator. The kitchen opens onto a beautifully proportioned dining area, leading to a landscaped and irrigated terrace complete with a dedicated gas line for a grill, plenty of space for additional dining, jaw-dropping sunsets, and unique views of the backyards of townhouses and open sky that seem to stretch for miles. A spacious office on this upper level with two large working stations enjoys these views as well, and a windowed half-bathroom with a utility room is an additional convenience.
GARDEN UNIT: Although the garden unit was not updated with the rest of the home, this spacious convertible two-bedroom has consistently rented quickly. With some minor updating (and even a potential combination with a portion of the basement), more rent could be easily generated to maximize your income potential.
GARDEN: A recently updated romantic garden is accessible to both apartments through the garden floor hallways, however direct access to the upper duplex could very easily be added. With ample room for a full dinner table, BBQ, as well as a pebbled relaxation area with mature plantings, this garden is the perfect outdoor oasis.
Situated at the end of a row of limestone homes on a beautifully tree-lined street with an active block association, 152 Underhill Avenue is in one of the most ideal locations for access to the very best Brooklyn has to offer. A plethora of Brooklyn's famed treasures are right outside your door including the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the main branch of the Brooklyn Library, and beautiful Prospect Park. The 2/3 and the Q/B express trains are all within a few blocks for a fast and easy commute into the city. An array of acclaimed new eateries, bakeries and wine shops are right around the block. Prospect Heights has become known as a foodie destination in the last several years. Great spots including the two Michelin starred restaurants Oxalis and Olmsted are within a few blocks, and amazing grocery stores, coffee shops and bars are steps away including Union Market, R&D specialty foods, Gold Star Beer Counter, Weather Up, Blue Marble Organic Ice Cream and Coffee, Bearded Lady, the famed Tom's Restaurant and Stocked Burger. This wonderful home and location offers all the best of Brooklyn living in one package.