Continental Charm in Convenient Brooklyn Heights

33-willowhome.jpgOpen the door to this sunny, welcoming home, and the art-filled entry hall tells you a uniquely charming experience awaits. This notable 25-foot-wide house, built in 1848 in Brooklyn Heights’s Willowtown enclave, has been renovated and updated with character, whimsy, a warm artist’s eye. This home is truly a breath of the French countryside snuggled into one the Heights’s most desired and convenient Places.The wide structure is apparent throughout in a relaxed flow, in the spacious halls and landings, and the light that streams from sunny windows in the comfortable¬† living room through the fireplaced dining room to the kitchen windows overlooking a large garden. Original details abound, including moldings at the high ceilings, black- and white-marble mantels and pocket doors, and built-in hutches and cabinets. The home has three working fireplaces and many more decorative fireplaces and mantels. Wide plank floors in the parlor-level entry lend a robustly rustic character.The cleverly compact kitchen holds all that cooks require, including Miele oven, Wolf cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Fisher Paykel dishwasher, with deep sink and abundant butcher-block prep surfaces. Windows surround the cook and allow conversation with guests in dining room and a view to the garden below.Downstairs at the garden level, a large space offers a convenient option for guests, in-laws, or parents. The bedroom encompasses a sitting area, and a kitchen; a full, tiled bath is in the hall. The back bedroom is currently used as an office and is characterized by its open beams, large open fireplace, and a view to the garden’s greenery – a perfect, rustic ¬†retreat for working or relaxing.The delightful, sunny garden has a Japanese landscape design. The slate patio has stone-filled border, and there is a truly special aerie, a “tea house” with platform above and a shady conversation area below. Evergreen and ivy bring a cool, fragrant note to the garden.The two bedroom floors contain a full palette of spaces with their own distinctive personalities. The master bedroom has a working fireplace, sunny view to the garden and a passage/dressing area leading to the spacious front bedroom. An office/study with built-in, natural-wood bookshelves and cabinets surround the desk. A full, tiled bath with separate lavatory and laundry serves the master bedroom floor. Up the skylit staircase, the second bedroom floor has three more distinctive, spacious rooms, and another full bath. A hall closet also offers access to the roof deck.This colorful, delightful home with a Continental flair is offered at $3.75mm.

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