Luxury pick of the week

A historic Park Slope mansion, one of the priciest listings in Brooklyn, for $12,900,000

By Jennifer White Karp | February 25, 2020 - 10:00AM 

The mansion has been on and off the market since 2017, when it was originally listed for $14,500,000 in 2017, according to StreetEasy.

Lindsay Barton Barrett/Douglas Elliman

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The limestone mansion at 17 Prospect Park West in Park Slope—once owned by Hollywood couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany—is currently the third most expensive Brooklyn residential listing on the market, after 360 Furman St., #1216, and 81 Pierrepont St. 

The mansion has an impressive historic pedigree as well. It was designed by Montrose W. Morris, an architect known for his large, palazzo-style brownstones. The 1899 house was built for Samuel Goodstein, a prominent member of Brooklyn’s German-Jewish community, who commissioned both 16 and 17 Prospect Park West.

The five-floor property faces Prospect Park and is asking $12,900,000. It is nearly 6,900 square feet with seven bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Originally listed for $14,500,000 in 2017, the mansion has been on and off the market since then, according to StreetEasy. Monthly taxes are $1,934.

The actors bought it for $3.7 million in 2003, and a Google engineer, Peter Mattis, bought the mansion from them in 2008 for $8.5 million and did an extensive renovation. He sold to a private entity called Goodie Yags, the current owner, for $12,400,000 in June 2015.

The mansion has stained glass windows, mahogany columns, herringbone floors, carved mantels and five working gas fireplaces. 

The parlor floor has coffered ceilings and carved wood details.

A corner living room overlooks the park. 

The kitchen has a marble island under a Lindsey Adelman chandelier. Appliances include a glass-fronted Subzero fridge, La Cornue range, two dishwashers, and a tucked-away pantry.

The bedrooms are on the top three floors.

The children's floor has two bedrooms and a library with original casement windows and cushioned bench. 

The top floor of the house has three additional rooms, including a hidden kitchenette that folds away.

The address is two blocks from Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, home to a large Greenmarket on Saturdays.  The massive arch in the plaza faces the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. The Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden are a 10-minute walk.


Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer White Karp steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in NYC real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the New School.

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