The 10,000-square-foot abode at 105 Eighth Ave. is asking for $25 million, double the price of the borough’s most expensive sale on record. The 50-foot-wide stone mansion, built in 1912, touts intimidating bronze gates, mahogany- and oak-paneled rooms, ample marble fireplaces, pre-war plaster work and a “Gone with the Wind” staircase.
The three-story home was designed by Frank J. Helmle, the architect behind the Beaux Arts boathouse in Prospect Park, for the founders of nautical company M. & J. Tracy, which operated tugboats, barges and ships in New York harbor.
Current sellers Anil K. and Hannah Sinha bought the mansion for $95,000 in 1969 and opened a Montessori School there, the Wall Street Journal reported. Listing brokers Marc Wisotsky and Jackie Lew of Halstead Property said that the asking price, over 250 times what the sellers paid, is reasonable because there are no townhouses of comparable size or detailing in Brooklyn.
The most expensive Brooklyn home to date is a 5,700-square-foot Brooklyn Heights house once occupied by writer Truman Capote. It sold for $12.5 million in March. The priciest dwelling sold in Park Slope is a white limestone mansion at 17 Prospect Park West, which thespian couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany sold in 2008 for $8.45 million.
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