Monday, November 24, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 

News

Bay Ridge 'Gingerbread House' Up for Sale

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: Bay Ridge 'Gingerbread House' Up for Sale
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

It's been described as whimsical, even magical, and now, one of the most unique houses in the city is up for sale. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.

As if it jumped out of the pages of a fairy tale, a Bay Ridge home made of uncut stone is known as the "Gingerbread House."

"It works together, nature and art, and when you live in a house like this, it is piece of art. It's artwork," said owner Diane Fishman.

Fishman has lived here with her husband for 35 years, but they're now ready to sell it for $10.5 million. Inside is ornate, with artistic carvings on four working fireplaces, stained glass on the windows, original oak walls and mahogany floors.

"Arts and crafts architecture is something that is, was a revolt against the industrial revolution," Fishman said. "It's all handmade. Everything is artisan."

The house was put on the market last month. It was built in 1916. It has six bedrooms and a four-car garage.

"It defines the term one-of-a-kind," said Vicki Negron, a real estate broker with Corcoran Group. "The house itself is 6,000 square feet, but it sits on a 20,000-square-foot lot, which is the equivalent of 10 town homes or having your own private park."

Located on the corner of Narrows Avenue and 83rd Street, it received city landmark status in 1988.

"The property here is landmarked, which is unusual," said owner Jerry Fishman. "Normally, they would landmark just the structure, but here, because the property is so well-suited for the house and so unique, they decided to landmark the property also."

The landmarking provides a provision to allow a pool to be built on site.

While the Fishmans are moving out west for warmer weather, they said they want a new owner to be just as enchanted with the house as they are.

"Our intent was to rebuild it, maintain it and pass it on to other generations," Jerry Fishman said.

In addition to looking for a buyer, the owners said they'll consider a renter at $35,000 a month.

10.11.12.248 ClientIP: 54.82.116.210 UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP