You think “Location, location, location” is a tired cliché? Think again. When you’re talking about a rare property like 60 Montgomery Place in Park Slope coming to market, you may even want to add another “location” for good measure. “Some people have been looking for a home on Montgomery Place for years, just waiting for something to come up,” says Jackie Torren, who sells real estate for Corcoran.
“Montgomery Place has always been the coveted street because it’s only one block long,” Corcoran agent Charlie Pigott explains. “The only traffic on the street is the people who actually live on the street.”
And that’s the essence of exclusivity. “You have actors, athletes and other people with significant means looking for these trophy houses,” Pigott adds, noting that the neighborhood was coveted enough for John Krasinski and Emily Blunt to call it home for several years. But back to 60 Montgomery: The Romanesque Revival stunner, complete with rounded rooms and arched windows, boasts four sunlit stories, including an English basement that can be rented out separately. The house contains seven bedrooms and six baths. And even among its neighbors, 60 Montgomery is unique, since it’s the first house off the park — that means three sides feature exposures.
Unusual selling points include a wood-burning fireplace and a storybook guest bedroom with a six-panel arched window. The living roof is of special interest: Corcoran salesperson Candace Shemmer explains that the seller worked with a landscape designer to create a green roof with its own irrigation system. Durable ipe wood, reclaimed from the Coney Island Boardwalk, lines the deck.
If the goal of such sustainable choices was a lighter carbon footprint, the day-to-day experience delivers pure enjoyment. “They sit up there every day,” Shemmer says of the current owners. “There are views of the Statue of Liberty and the downtown skyline on one side, and Prospect Park on the other.” Four stories up, in a park-like setting, they have a cocktail in the afternoon and socialize with their neighbors, who also tread lightly on their own green roof.