The Low House in Brooklyn Heights is on the Block for $40 Million

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Seth Low House at 3 Pierrepont Place is up for sale. The record setting asking price – $40 million dollars. As for the history of that home Seth Low II, who served as mayor of Brooklyn from 1881-1885 and later mayor of New York City, grew up there. Our Karl Junkersfeld eloquently commented on Bob Furman’s piece for BHB about the Low family:

It should also be mentioned that Seth Low Jr. grew up in #3 Pierrepont Place with his brother A. Augustus Low who later inherited this fantastic house from his father which stands today next to #2, the house in which Alfred Treadway White lived.

A.A. Low Sr. had said many a time that the house on Pierrepont Place “was the most desirable place to live in the world.”

High praise indeed.

These twin mansions are called the “most elegant pair of brownstone mansions remaining in NY” by the AIA Guide.

It truly is a shame that 1 Pierrepont, the “Henry Pierrepont Mansion” was torn down in 1946 to build the BQE. A terrible shame. The Pierrepont playground is now in that present location.

WSJ: The building is currently subdivided into eight apartments, but the tenants are on short-term leases and the house can be sold vacant, according to the current owner, Jeff Keil. The building retains many of its historic features, including fireplaces with stone surrounds, high ceilings and a grand staircase with a central skylight.

Mr. Keil, a retired banker, bought the property for $2.3 million in 1991, according to public records. He is the former president of Republic New York Corp. He lives in a five-bedroom, two-story unit with his partner, Danielle Pinet, in the building. He said he is selling because they are spending more time at a home in Florida. He said he’ll miss the large Thanksgiving gatherings—34 people around a table—in their Brooklyn apartment.

Here are the photos:

  • ClaudeScales

    It’s good to know I can look out my window and see, directly across the street, a property with an asking price of $40 million. Oh, and one once described as “the most desirable place to live in the world.”

  • CassieVonMontague

    Is the photo at the top the same house?

  • BrooklynBugle

    yes homer likes to be subtle

  • LDS

    Gorgeous house. Always makes me think of Prizzi’s Honor.

  • Sheila Kaplan

    The picture of the terrace is part of my apartment & and I did not give Corcoran permission to post it. Perhaps editor can remove it.

  • DIBS


  • Genius Guy

    Actually it’s not. The owner of the building has the right to photograph his property. Check your lease.

  • Glenn Nocera

    Seth Low was also the First President of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, from 1880-1881, the club is still in operation today.

  • Sheila Kaplan

    I don’t have a lease, the garden is mine and the bench & cushions, too. They do not belong to the owner. Whether the owner can or can not isn’t the issue. I was respectful of the house & tenants and now I am forced to move AND have pictures taken of the roof that IS part of the apartment that I pay for.

  • Sheila Kaplan

    The new owner will have plenty of money to build new benches and have their own garden. My bench & garden are being moved.

  • DIBS

    I sense sour grapes over the move.

  • Sheila Kaplan

    I’m very happy where I’m moving to don’t worry about me

  • Sheila Kaplan

    I am ok w the sale. I don’t like my privacy violated. I don’t shoot pictures of any homes or even think about looking thru windows. If you knew me you would know I am ok w the sale.

  • Andrew Porter

    As I commented on, “Not, however, a quiet location. It is … next to the Montague Street entrance to the Promenade, where thousands of tourists are bussed in to see the views of Manhattan. The next building is adjacent to the Pierrepont Street Playground. Not very much backyard, either, nor any plantings in front of the building. … the windows are a few feet from the seats along that Montague Street entrance to the Promenade. Double or triple-paned windows are likely needed here.”

  • Heightsman

    Can we help you move sooner?

  • Sheila Kaplan

    I didn’t say when i was moving. Do you know? I checked a couple of your previous comments to see whether it’s ‘you’ or ‘me’ Probably me. I’m not in the RE business. You either are and/or careless about sharing other people’s lives online. So it must be me.

    Thanks for the offer to help me move. I’ve hired a moving company so we have no need to converse.

    I appreciate the fact that Danielle Pinet & Jeff Keil made sure the picture of my garden was removed from this blog. That’s the only reason I commented on this post to start with — it wasn’t about the sale of house — it was about my privacy on multi-levels.

    3 PP is an amazing house. And I couldn’t have asked for better landlords. I’m sure the next owner will enjoy a close to untarnished view of the NY Harbor. No better spot in NYC and I’m glad I had ability to feel at home thanks to Danielle, Jeff & the peeps in the house : )

  • Jorale-man

    On a side note, real estate agents really overdo the Photoshopping in these pictures. I realize it’s a marketing tool, but anyone can see that the lighting is unnatural and the colors are overstimulated.

    In any case, having just read the NY Times’s long investigation into foreign “shell companies” buying out NYC real estate, hopefully this isn’t destined for the same fate.