By Gina Pace / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Looking for a pricey Park Slope mansion with a colorful backstory?
Brooklyn’s most expensive listing – $25 million to buy of $65,000 a month to rent – was the former home of the Montessori International School of New York, which was tied to a sex scandal at a related Montessori school.
The neo-classical home is now owned by Anil Kumar Sinha, who owned three branches of Montessori schools in Park Slope, Manhattan and Queens. His daughter, Lina Sinha, was the principal of the Montessori school on the upper East Side.
The 50-foot-wide limestone-fronted mansion was constructed in 1912 by the Tracy family, who were in shipping and used it as a family home. They transferred ownership to the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization, before the current owner bought it in 1969, according to the Halstead, the listing brokerage.
“This is unquestionably the finest and most architecturally significant Brooklyn residence to be offered to the general public in nearly half a century,” said Halstead broker Marc Wisotsky, who shares the listing with Jackie Lew. “This may very well be the only opportunity a discerning individual, seeking a unique one of a kind trophy home, will ever have to purchase such a property.”
Halstead agents would not discuss the owner, other than to say that he was open to leasing or selling the property.
What makes it so grand? A “Gone with the Wind”-style staircase, an 8-foot-high Italian marble fireplace, a marble entry hall with bronze doors, and imposing Corinthian columns at the entrance. The floor plan is largely unchanged from when the Tracy family owned it, Wisotsky said.
The home has three full floors and a basement level, with rooms that the listing describes as uncommonly large for Brooklyn. The property has undeveloped air rights that would allow for it to be expanded into a larger residential development, an educational facility, medical offices, a cultural center or museum.
Friday, November 02, 2012