House of the Day: A 'Gingerbread House' for Sale or Rent

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Laura Nash, VHT via ZillowThe Arts and Crafts "cottage" built in 1917 features six bedrooms on a lot that sprawls over 20,000 square feet.

By Catherine Sherman

Goldilocks and Gretel may have to battle it out over this home. Nicknamed the "Gingerbread House," the Arts and Crafts-style cottage is now listed to rent for $26,000 per month or purchase for $10.5 million.

A writer in New York's Daily News once called it "the most magnificent residence in all of New York City." Corcoran listing agent Vicki Negron couldn't agree more.

"When you drive up to the house, your whole demeanor changes," she said.

Howard Jones, a shipping merchant, commissioned architect James Sarsfield Kennedy to build the home in the Arts and Crafts style in 1917. Sitting on 20,000 square feet of prime Brooklyn property, the lot is the size of a city park -- or 10 townhomes combined. The interior is also spacious, measuring just under 6,000 square feet with six bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

But size isn't what makes the home worthy of a Grimm fairy tale. With uncut stone and a rolled-edge roof, the house is covered in whimsical curves and shadows.

"Every time you look up, down or side-to-side, you see something magical," Negron said.

The residence has attracted four owners in the past 100 years. When current owner Jerry Fishman first saw the home, he told his wife, "I have to have that house." After more than a decade, they say they've never had a bad day while living at 8220 Narrows Ave.

"It's in good condition," Negron said. "Not a lot of things go wrong with stone."

It's also rare to see a home of this style in the U.S., especially so close to lower Manhattan.

"With traffic in your favor, you could drive into lower Manhattan and get to the Financial District in under 10 minutes," Negron said.

Previously listed for $12 million, the home hit the market for $10.5 million in May. Negron is confident she'll sell or rent the home soon.

"I think this is the price," she said.

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