Up for consideration today, at No. 272 on Park Slope’s grand Berkeley Place, is a garden duplex in the former home of the influential Ortner family, who uniquely shaped the neighborhood and brownstone history. Located in the Park Slope Historic District, the brownstone is one of a row of five that were built in 1886-1887 by owner-builder William Gubbins and designed by Charles Werner.
After selling in 2014, the brownstone was renovated and its three units rented out. Where it is not dripping in original details, the garden duplex has been updated to be thoroughly modern: The renovated kitchens and baths are without any period touches.
The parlor level is jaw dropping, with everything in sight ornate or carved and in immaculate condition — the only obvious addition some decidedly modern light fixtures (excluding brass sconces in the front parlor). There are pier mirrors, the original staircase, Lincrusta wall coverings, intricate plaster ornament, inlaid parquet, built-ins with leaded glass, an ornate wooden mantel with colorful tile — the works.
The renovated kitchen, located in a rear extension, is not the most spacious but it has backyard views and sleek new cabinetry. Also on this level is a powder room tucked into a closet off the rear parlor — used as a dining room — and more storage in another closet next to the kitchen. Off the dining room is a small patio with steps down to the garden.
All three of the bedrooms are located on the garden level. The master suite has bay windows with shutters, a decorative mantel, and an en suite bath with dual vanity, separate tub and glass shower. It also has a walk-in closet, labeled “dressing room” on the floor plan, big enough to serve as a home office.
While the master is quite something, the bedroom in the rear extension is small and appears to barely fit a full or queen bed. It has a closet and a door to the garden. A bigger rear bedroom has built-in bookshelves as well as a closet. They share a small bathroom with a shower off the hall.
The available unit includes the cellar, which is not legal living space but appears to be finished, with exposed beams and wood paneling. It contains a laundry room, mechanicals, and a wine cellar, according to the floor plan.
The home is two blocks from the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains at Grand Army Plaza and just over a block from Prospect Park. There’s an open house this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Listed by MaryElizabeth Smith and Paul Hansen of Keller Williams NYC Tribeca, the unit is asking $9,200 a month (heat and hot water included). What do you think?
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