Forty million — it’s a big number.
But this is a big house we’re talking about — 50 rooms big —with a big sense of history and a big view out the back windows.
The house in question is Brooklyn Heights’ own 3 Pierrepont Place, aka the Low Mansion.
The Wall Street Journal rocked the real estate world Wednesday by breaking the story that long-time owner Jeff Keil is putting the property, which is in a coveted location on an entrance to the Promenade, up for sale for a $40 million asking price.
That’s a record high listing price for Brooklyn homes.
Keil told the Journal that the stunning brownstone in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District is split into eight apartments — but the tenants are on short-term leases and the property can be delivered vacant to the purchaser.
According to Clay Lancaster’s ground-breaking survey of the neighborhood’s historic homes, “Old Brooklyn Heights: New York’s First Suburb,” 3 Pierrepont Place is part of a “four-storied duplex of ample proportions on high basement” with Renaissance Revival details — and a conservatory.
It was built in 1856-1857 by architect Richard Upjohn. Abiel Abbott Low, a tea merchant, lived there, Lancaster notes.
As the Journal noted, Low’s son, Seth, was the mayor of Brooklyn and later the mayor of New York City.
As for those views, the back windows overlook the Promenade, with jaw-dropping vistas of Lower Manhattan skyscrapers including the new World Trade Center.
Vicki Negron of the Corcoran Group has the listing. On Wednesday afternoon, her posting about the house appeared on Corcoran’s website.
It’s 17,354 square feet in size, with 16 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, on a 9,000-square-foot lot, the Corcoran listing indicates.