This storied property at 7 Arlington Place, famously the family home in Spike Lee’s ‘Crooklyn’, has been meticulously restored to the original grandeur as designed by its renowned architect, George P. Chappell. This 20-foot-wide 4,500+SF brownstone is infused with wonderfully creative interior design elements and every modern amenity a 21st century buyer could desire. Original Victorian-era detailing includes extensive mahogany, walnut and oak millwork and coffered ceilings, foliate custom motifs, oak and pine floors, hand painted tiling, ornate stained glass, and decorative hardware.
The home features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 7 fireplaces, a large garden, a grand cellar “speakeasy”, an expansive irrigated roof deck and a 9 zone air conditioning system as well as home security system. 7 Arlington Place represents a unique opportunity to purchase a meticulously restored historic home on one of Bedford Stuyvesant’s most prized blocks. Chappell’s original floorplan remains largely intact.
Upon entering on the Parlor Floor, one is greeted by Victorian-era Lincrusta, embossed, hand-painted wallpaper which carries all the way up the grand mahogany staircase and down to the Garden level. To the right is the dramatic 29-foot-long living room with a bay window. Your eyes are drawn upward to an incredible original walnut coffered ceiling, the likeness of which you will rarely see in a Brooklyn townhouse. Other features include gold painted original wall moldings and an ornate original mahogany fireplace clad with Minton-style hand painted tiles.
The living room connects to a formal dining room with lovely garden views. Extensive millwork continues into this room, which is centered by an original hutch with built-in shelving, connected to modern times with a toile “Urban Chaos” wallpaper scene. The Garden Floor offers an additional large sitting/media room connected to a spacious eat-in kitchen. Terra cotta brick radiant heated floors and exposed original wooden beams pair with brass accents to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The fully equipped eat-in kitchen has soapstone countertops, an island clad in brass, a Five Star professional six burner range with a griddle and double oven, and a Bosch dishwasher. There is a full wall of enclosed storage and open backlit shelving, a large separate pantry, and a wet bar with a convenient pass-through to the garden. The Nana-wall door to the garden folds away creating an indoor-outdoor flow, perfect for entertaining. A 139-year old pear tree (still bearing fruit!) is center stage in this stately garden.
Downstairs, a 32-foot-long finished Cellar features original exposed brick arches, original stone walls, wooden beamed ceiling, polished concrete radiant heat flooring, a full size brass countertop, wet bar, and half bath. The Third and Fourth Floors contain a total of four bedrooms, a home office, and four bathrooms. The primary bedroom is located on the Third Floor and features treetop views from its bay window onto Arlington Place. Colorful restored original stained glass windows and custom tiling on the fireplace mantle bring this charming room to life. The en-suite bathroom features Cumaru water resistant wood and hand-painted mosaic tiles.
The three additional bedrooms each accommodate a queen or king sized bed. Secondary bathrooms feature radiant heated flooring and original restored cast iron tubs as well as original detail border tiles. A stacked Bosch washer and dryer is tucked away on the Fourth Floor. The roof deck is irrigated and features amazing Brooklyn views. 7 Arlington was recently fully restored with great care and consideration. The roof has been reinforced and resealed, all windows were replaced, and the entire brick façade and Cellar arches were repointed. All electrical wiring and plumbing was replaced during the restoration and a new boiler was installed in 2015.