Historic townhouses top contracts in Brooklyn’s luxury market

77 Columbia Heights and 147 Congress Street in Brooklyn (Sotheby’s International Realty, Corcoran)

A 160-year-old townhouse in Brooklyn Heights led contract signings in Brooklyn last week.

The 5,000-square-foot home at 77 Columbia Heights has a contract asking for $17.777 million, and if it closes near that price, it would be the most expensive sale this year in Brooklyn, according to Compass’ weekly report on the homes asking for $2 million or Suite.

The stately five-bedroom, three-bathroom brick home occupies a corner lot overlooking the East River. On the other side, a landscaped garden with an antique fountain sits above the two garages.

The 25-foot-wide home, built in 1861, also has a rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen, four living rooms, a wine cellar, a gym, and wide-plank walnut flooring. The house is close to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The home was last sold in 1986 for $1.1 million, before the park existed, according to property records.

A historic 102-year-old townhouse at 147 Congress Street in Cobble Hill was the second most expensive listing to close a deal last week. He was asking for $5.2 million.

Built in 1920, the 20-foot-wide Queen Anne-style home spans 3,000 square feet and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It has a mansard roof, a double entrance with arched doorways and an open kitchen with a walnut island and glazed patio doors leading out to the garden.

The master suite, on the top floor, has a skylight, an adjoining dressing room and a modern bathroom with a walk-in shower. The house is close to several metro lines.

Twenty-eight homes — nine condos and 19 townhouses — asking for at least $2 million signed contracts last week, up from 31 the previous week. The average price per square foot was $1,268.

Combined asking prices for the homes were just under $95 million and the homes spent an average of 63 days on the market. The average asking price has not been updated.