According to Brownstoner, Jennifer Connolly and Paul Bettany have put their historic, prewar 9-bedroom, 3.5-bath Prospect Park (Brooklyn) Victorian townhouse on the market for $8.5 million. The handsome couple is ditching their park-front manse in favor of a TriBeCa loft, just as Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Spacey are leaving the neighborhood. To hear about the stunning property and see drool-worthy interior photos, read more.
The listing for the property, which is said to be "one of the all time great houses of New York built at the turn of the century," reads:
All of the original wood carving surrounding the windows and mantels as well as the elaborate plaster work on the ceilings remains in tact and in perfect condition. There are fireplaces in all of the public rooms (living, dining, and kitchen) as well as in 3 of the 4 master bedrooms. There is a full servant's quarters on the top floor consisting of 4 small bedrooms, a full bath, and a large storage room. The original stained and leaded windows exist in the baths and in the large skylight at the top of the grand staircase. Central air-conditioning has been added and there is a large, fully landscaped garden at the rear of the house which is gated and private.
If the original architectural elements (including parquet flooring throughout) weren't enough to make you swoon, the décor of the townhouse is stunning and simply tasteful, as to be expected from the classy couple. I'm particularly drooling over how they've subtly integrated modern furnishings with a soft color palette into the Victorian; it reminds me a bit of Mark Homewood's Mod Victorian, albeit much more understated. Check out the gallery and let me know what you think. Bonus points if you can spot the pink-neon lamp in the living room!