Making gingerbread homes is a popular holiday activity, but what if you could actually live in one? That opportunity is now available — kind of.
While it's rare to see a home in this aesthetic, it's also rare to have this type of home in New York City, but it's a welcome sight.
“When you drive up to the house, your whole demeanor changes," said Corcoran listing agent Vicki Negron.
Howard Jones, a shipping merchant, commissioned architect James Sarsfield Kennedy to build the home in 1917. Sitting on 20,000 square feet of prime Brooklyn property, the lot is the size of a city park — or 10 townhomes combined. The interior is also spacious, measuring just under 6,000 square feet with six bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.
But size isn’t what makes the home worthy of a fairy tale. With uncut stone and a rolled-edge roof, the house is covered in whimsical curves and shadows.
“Every time you look up, down or side-to-side, you see something magical,” Negron said.
The residence has attracted four owners in the past 100 years. When current owner Jerry Fishman first saw the home, he told his wife, “I have to have that house.” After more than a decade, they say they’ve never had a bad day while living in the home.
“It’s in good condition,” Negron said. “Not a lot of things go wrong with stone.”
It’s also rare to see a home of this style in the country, especially so close to lower Manhattan.
“With traffic in your favor, you could drive into lower Manhattan and get to the Financial District in under 10 minutes,” Negron said.
Previously listed for $12 million, the home hit the market for $10.5 million in May. Negron is confident she’ll sell or rent the home soon.
“I think this is the price,” she said.
Photos by Laura Nash, VHT