The Gale Mansion is an 11,000+ sf. single family home and an architectural masterpiece in the landmarked neighborhood of Prospect Park South. One of the grandest private homes in Brooklyn, the Gale Mansion was built in 1905 by Henry B. Moore and was strongly influenced by Stanford White's Atlantic Yacht Club in Seagate. The home's original classical design, including the custom details, mantels, paneling, and antique light fixtures, has been fully restored with all-new modern mechanical systems for 21st century comfort and luxury.
The home is comprised of 22-rooms, 9 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and 6-fireplaces. The 1200 sf. ballroom features a 17-foot ceiling, a full-size antique bar, a home theater, and a billiards area. The eat-in chef's kitchen has 11-foot ceilings, top-of-the-line appliances, a wood-burning carved limestone fireplace, 10' center island, a rolling library ladder, and breakfast table for six. The mahogany-paneled formal dining room, with a working fireplace and a wall of garden-facing windows, will easily accommodate a large dinner party of 12-14. The over-sized, sunny primary bedroom suite has 10-foot ceilings, a dressing room with new custom cabinetry, and a sumptuous en-suite bathroom perfect to lounge in.
There is a large finished basement with 9-foot ceilings that includes a workout room, sauna, and TV room. The 1/3-acre lot includes a 75-foot driveway and a 2-car garage with a charging station. The five outdoor porches and terraces total 1,450 sf, and the gated private rear yard is 2400 sf, including a 700 sf bluestone patio accessed directly from the kitchen's four French doors, as well as a large south-facing lawn.
The Gale Mansion is distinguished among Albemarle Road's impressive facades by the towering two-story portico crowned by eyebrow dormers and supported by massive, original 25' tall fluted columns; and the home has over 100 windows of varying one-of-a-kind designs.
This extraordinary property is Prospect Park South's crown jewel, and is unrivaled in Brooklyn. Every square foot of this gracious home's interior and exterior is in meticulous, turn-key condition.
The home is located two blocks south of the Tennis courts and Athletic Fields of Prospect Park, and two blocks north of the shopping and restaurants of Cortelyou Road. Albemarle Road itself is a park-like oasis, with its wide planted median, and prohibition of on-street parking.
The landmarked Prospect Park South neighborhood was developed between 1898 and 1920. It consists of 206 freestanding homes-all of which were custom-built and many were designed by noteworthy architects. Among them, William Van Alen, architect of the Chrysler building, and Arthur Loomis Harmon, the design partner of the Empire State Building. The development attracted prominent people in business, finance and society, like the Gale family, who were lured by the peace and quiet of the 'suburbs'. Today, people in the arts, entertainment and politics have rediscovered this utterly unique enclave and, just like the original owners, they enjoy the private, comfortable lifestyle afforded by these 'estates-in-the-city'.
Showings will be arranged by appointment only for pre-qualified buyers