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"The Gingerbread House," a Bay Ridge fairy tale mansion, is back on the market

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Ever wondered what it might look like if a captain of industry tried to build a hobbit house? Enter "the Gingerbread House," a Bay Ridge landmark of the Arts and Crafts architectural school, the perfect home for a buyer who wants to live inside a fairy tale (and has $11 million to spare.) The six-bedroom manse evokes a medieval-inspired fantasy world with its thatched roof, stonework, elaborate moldings, stained glass, and sculpted wood reliefs. The property has been on the market for quite some time--seems like it's tough to find the right buyer for its distinctive style--but is newly listed by Keller Williams

The interiors evoke a museum, almost overwhelming in their level of detail: ceiling frescos resemble family crests of the Middle Ages, and sculpted wood reliefs along the walls and stone fireplace further contribute to the aura of history. Dark cherry and mahogany bring a heavy, Game of Thrones style to the home--it would take a big personality to fill the space. 

The listing notes that the home spans 5,764 square feet and includes a quarter acre of surrounding green space, making it an ideal venue for entertaining large groups. Guests will likely notice eye-catching details like the curving staircases and stained glass windows. The pictured bedroom, meanwhile, seems like a quiet retreat, with its striking curved archway leading outdoors. 

The kitchen retains the home's fairy tale theme, without itself becoming an antique: the huge space has plenty of dark wood cabinetry, but is brightened by sunlight and comes with up-to-date appliances. A separate staff entrance connects the kitchen to an outdoor dining space, in case you want to throw some elaborate parties. 

And why wouldn't you want to show off such a wholly unique property? Fantasies--and officially designated landmarks--are better shared. 


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