Tour Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Historic Brooklyn Brownstone
Along one of the quiet tree-lined streets for which Park Slope is beloved, this delightful brownstone—which Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and their family call home—epitomizes the warm, welcoming character of one of Brooklyn’s most desirable residential enclaves.
Located in the Park Slope Historic District, the 3,600-square-foot five-level building dates to the 1880s and maintains a stylish reverence for its history thanks to the meticulous renovation by architect Elizabeth Roberts and designer John Erik Karkula. Authentic original details—an ornate tin ceiling, handsome crown moldings, brick walls, decorative fireplace surrounds, and richly hued chestnut floors—were thoughtfully retained, while oversized windows and glass doors were added to make the most of the home’s sunny southern exposure.
Sarsgaard and Gyllenhaal added new, personal accents of their own—such as a wood soaking tub from Scotland, found in the master bath, or the colorful Heath Ceramics tiles that surround two of the brownstone’s plentiful fireplaces.
A feeling of airiness and light is pervasive, and those numerous fireplaces add to the ambience of charm and comfort throughout. Sarsgaard told Architectural Digest that their aim was to have a home with “room for expression” and “where it’s easy to make something.”
Accordingly, spaces are generous and open—in particular, the versatile music room, which encourages creativity of all sorts—and walls are ideal for displaying art.
Entertaining can be a focus, too, in a parlor outfitted with a projector for private movie screenings or in a dining room where a wood-burning fireplace encourages lingering at the table. Space is also provided for moments of quiet contemplation—a well-lit study or library and a built-in blue-velvet window seat that gazes out over the street.
The open-plan kitchen fulfills its role as the home’s cozy heart, with a functioning fireplace, teak butcher block counters, and a six-burner gas range.
Options for diversion and creation continue outdoors, in the south-facing backyard. An open-air bathtub and shower, an inviting deck, and a garden where flowers and fruit grow with ease make this a perfect private oasis, hidden away in one of the most coveted locations in the country.
Offered at: $4,500,000
Location: 36 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217