Of course, buyers will often pay much more for a place than the value estimated by the city, and the owner of 40 Willow is hoping that's the case here.
The house—which sold in 2003 for $3.1 million—just hit the market asking $7.5 million. And actually, looking at the listing pics, that number doesn't sound so high.
The 45-foot-wide house was designed by Brooklyn Heights architects Mary and Joseph Merz, who returned to give it a recent renovation and expansion.
Double height ceilings with radiant skylights; glass, steel and oak custom staircases; a glass penthouse with Japanese soaking tub; chef's kitchen with eight burner Blue Star Range and three ovens; and a dramatic rear curtain wall on the living spaces and bedrooms that brings light streaming into the house all day. The flexible layout includes 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a 1500 sq. ft great room with slate wood burning fireplace as centerpiece; a library; a family room; and a large double height recreation room that functions equally as a play room, a media room, or both. Every room has been transformed with custom cherry millwork & closets, offering hidden storage at every turn. No luxury has been spared, including a 5 zone heating & cooling system, large wine cellar, Niles sound system, Japanese landscaping, glass & slate bathrooms, and a Zen-like master suite complete with private access to a penthouse with partial Manhattan views, media closet, & gas fireplace.
And here's the floorplan: