This $18M townhouse is Brooklyn’s most expensive home for sale


The tony enclave of Brooklyn Heights is home to some of Brooklyn’s priciest real estate—including what is now the most expensive property for sale in the entire borough.

The home in question is located at 88 Remsen Street between Henry and Hicks streets, and it just hit the market for $18 million. It was, at one point, the priciest home ever sold in the borough, after fetching $10.8 million back in 2008. That figure may not seem so high compared to Manhattan’s roster of blockbuster listings (see: expansive Central Park aeries that sell for $238 million), but it’s at the tippy-top of the Brooklyn real estate market, where the most expensive recorded sale to date is still just around $15.5 million.

This particular home, which dates back to the 19th century, is actually several living spaces in one property: There’s an owner’s unit, which spans the house’s top four floors; a one-bedroom rental at the garden level; and a small, one-bedroom carriage house-slash-garage behind the main property.

Many of its original details remain, including crown moldings and fireplace mantels, and there are the high ceilings and lovely arched doorways that you’d expect from a historic Brooklyn Heights mansion. But the house has also gotten some upgrades over the years: The kitchen has new appliances and shaker-style cabinets, while in the basement, there’s a game room with a jukebox and foosball table (not exactly period-appropriate, but hey).

The main house has a deck that leads to a backyard, which also connects to the carriage house; that structure has a single bedroom, an open kitchen, and—according to the brokerbabble—a “grotto like screening room with a half bath complemented by an amazing glass enclosed rain shower.”

The home at 88 Remsen Street is listed with Nancy Giddins of Brown Harris Stevens.