The upper triplex in this 1888 brownstone, designed by the renowned and prolific Parfitt Brothers, is being advertised as a fully furnished three-month summer rental. Complete with professorial furniture, ’80s dream kitchen straight out of “Thirtysomething,” and enviable Park Slope location on a park block, it might be the perfect setting in which to try out the Brooklyn dream “and become part of the fabric of NYC….bring your bucket list and your suitcase!” as the listing exhorts.
The unit at 696 10th Street features four lovely mantels — none so much as the living room one with its colorful mosaic of Minton-style tiles. One of the fireplaces is wood burning, the listing, from Scott Olsen of Halstead, tells us.
The woodwork shown on the parlor level is exceptionally detailed. At the rear is the kitchen and a door leading out to a deck overlooking the garden with a winding path and vegetable patch.
Upstairs are three bedrooms with generous dressing rooms and two bathrooms, one with a tub and one with a shower. The two bedrooms shown have charming, old fashioned wallpapers and, in the case of the room with the blue toile paper, a slate mantel still with its original coating of paint imitating marble.
A large office with nicely appointed bookshelves could also be used as a fourth bedroom. At least some of the rooms have mini split units for cooling, the photos show, and the kitchen is equipped with a full-size washer and dryer.
The building is in the Park Slope Historic District, and the designation report calls it a blend of neo-Classical and Romanesque Revival, with its columns and three-sided bays, though it is embroidered with plenty of foliate details, a garlanded cornice, and a parapet atop the bay with decorative cylinders more typical of Renaissance Revival.
The three Parfitt Brothers were known to be extraordinarily versatile with many styles and building types. Notably, the Parfitt Brothers made a mark reinventing their era’s luxury standard with their extravagant apartment buildings, according to Suzanne Spellen.
Such touches are apparent here as well, but whether they justify the $11,000 monthly rental fee, we cannot say. The price works out to roughly $3,000 a bedroom or $3,600 a floor, which may be the going rate in Park Slope these days. What do you think?
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