Real Estate

Historic Brooklyn Captain’s House hits the market for $10M

A historic Brooklyn townhouse by the waterfront has hit the market for $9.99 million.

The Brooklyn Heights home, known as the Captain’s House, is at 13 Cranberry St., steps from the Brooklyn Promenade. 

Built in 1829 by Richard Mortimer, a British sea captain, the 25-foot-wide home was recently renovated by Baxt Ingui Architects.

The three-story, 4,900-square-foot home features five bedrooms and 3½ baths.

The home also shelters a secret — a hidden cavity inside a post, where Capt. Mortimer allegedly hid the deed to the house almost 200 years ago.

It’s apparently an old British tradition, according to the brokerage firm selling the property.

Interior shot of one of the townhouse's bedrooms.
One of the townhouse’s five bedrooms.
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Interior shot of a dining room in the townhouse.
Enjoy fireside chats and chow inside the Cranberry Street home.
Alexa Bendeck Photography
Interior of a bathroom inside the home.
A cozy soak-luring tub in one of the bathrooms.
Alexa Bendeck Photography

Once the mortgage was fully paid, the homeowner would apparently drill a hole in the post and place the wrapped-up mortgage document inside, then plug the hole with a decorative wax seal.

Design details include the crown moldings — intricate fruit patterns that nod to the fancy fruit streets of Brooklyn Heights — as well as two fireplaces, 11-foot ceilings, the original staircase and lots of storage.

There’s also heated floors inside the house as well as a heated stoop and sidewalk outside.

Exterior of the home's outdoor patio.
The Brooklyn townhouse spots an outdoor patio area.
Alexa Bendeck Photography
Interior of a living room with sunlight spilling in.
A sunkissed living room inside the 4,900-square-foot dream house.
Alexa Bendeck Photography

The home opens to a foyer. It faces a row of gardens across the street as well as a row of gardens out the back.

There’s also a chef’s kitchen with white cabinets and white marble counters. The second level is the owners’ suite, with a fireplace and spa-like bathroom, two dressing rooms and a “bonus” room that can be a home office, sitting room or bedroom.

The next floor boasts a laundry room and two more bedrooms, with fireplaces and large closets. The top attic level could be another office or lounge. 

The broker is “Million Dollar Listing New York” star Tyler Whitman of Triplemint. 

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