A Stucco Mansion in Prospect Park South With Two Balconies and a Cutting Garden

A Stucco Mansion in Prospect Park South With Two Balconies and a Cutting Garden

A frame and stucco house with a round archway, surrounded by trees.Melanie Greene/Courtesy of Compass

The historic residence is one-third neo-Tudor, one-third Colonial Revival, and one-third Spanish mission.

Location: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn
Year built: 1908
Architect: George E. Showers
Specs: 8 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,812 square feet, 0.11 acres
Price: $2,750,000

The streets in Prospect Park South’s Historic District are lined with trees and large single-family homes, making them feel practically suburban. But those single-family homes also represent an impressive range of architectural styles, from Italianate and Queen Anne to Swiss chalet and French Renaissance. Although this kind of juxtaposition would have been deemed “inappropriate” in the mid-19th century, according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, by the turn of the 20th century, when the district was being developed, the “stylistic mix” apparently “gained acceptance and was seen as an enlivening factor.”

Now, one of those homes — which itself borrows from a variety of influences (there are elements of neo-Tudor and Colonial Revival architecture, plus some Spanish mission–style arches, far more rare in the area) — is on the market.

The frame and stucco structure at 86 Argyle Road was designed by architect George E. Showers, whose dozen-plus works in the neighborhood include homes with Flemish gables, a Greek Revival temple front, and Tuscan and Doric columns. The façade at 86 Argyle has arched windows, half-timbering, and a balcony above an expansive porch with two archways. A single door to the left accesses a separate 1,000-square-foot suite (once a doctor’s office), while a set of wood and glass double doors in the center opens up to the main parlor.

A parlor area with a chandelier, a piano, a large window, base and crown moldings, and a fireplace.Russ Ross/Courtesy of Compass
The parlor room features an original chandelier, ceiling medallion, and fireplace.

“When I started bringing people through, I kept telling them to look up. You have to look up and see every chandelier, every ceiling medallion. They’re all different,” says listing agent Carolyn Cedar of Compass.

The current owners, musicians who keep multiple pianos spread throughout the house, have carefully maintained the home, preserving the original chandeliers and fireplaces while updating the kitchen with a reclaimed enameled sink and stainless-steel appliances, including a Viking stove.

An eat-in kitchen with hardwood floors, white cabinetry, light yellow walls, and two wooden tables with chairs.Russ Ross/Courtesy of Compass
In the updated eat-in kitchen, there’s a reclaimed enameled sink, Sub-Zero fridge, Bosch dishwasher, and Viking stove.

Already on the larger end of houses in Prospect Park South by interior square footage (four of the eight rooms on the second and third floors have a side that measures about 20 feet), the property also has four separate outdoor areas.

In addition to the front porch and balcony (which is off the en suite master bedroom), there’s another balcony off the second floor family room and a 30-by-60-foot backyard with a brick patio, side yard, and cutting garden filled with roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, tulips, peonies, daffodils, and daisies.

A bedroom with hardwood floors, a small chandelier, a cello, a sheet music stand, a piano, and two windows.Russ Ross/Courtesy of Compass
With eight rooms across the second and third floors, there’s plenty of space for a music studio or two.
A bedroom with a large bed, a chandelier, wooden furniture, several framed windows, and a door.Melanie Greene/Courtesy of Compass
The spacious master bedroom comes with a balcony facing the street.
A landscaped backyard with several trees, planters, and a wooden bench.Russ Ross/Courtesy of Compass
The large backyard has several mature trees and perennial gardens.
A landscaped backyard filled with plants and a round green table with two chairs.Russ Ross/Courtesy of Compass
With a brick patio and side garden, the backyard can accommodate several seating areas.

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