Here’s a Gowanus townhouse that’s been gut renovated and dressed up with high-end, modern finishes by the design firm Lyons Studio. It’s at 191 8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues, on the edge of a neighborhood that’s seen a lot of change lately, and is likely to see a good bit more.
Designer Merrill Lyons got a write-up in Dwell for her own Gowanus townhouse, and this one has some common DNA. It’s an attractive space that balances elegance, warmth and whimsical touches like the blue tubular light fixture in the kitchen.
Just under 17 feet wide, the house is a two-family, with a four-bedroom triplex over a garden rental. The triplex has three bedrooms and a laundry room on the third floor; above is a full-floor master suite that offers a walk-in closet, a skylit office space and a bath with a marble-topped double vanity, a glass-walled shower and, per the current rage, a freestanding tub by the window.
There’s a living room with an open staircase and an original brick fireplace, and a kitchen with a mosaic tile floor, Caesarstone countertops, a marble backsplash, custom cabinetry, a Wolf range and a panel-doored Liebherr fridge. Double glass doors lead to a steel deck with steps down to the grassed yard.
There’s a built-in Sonos speaker system, an “integrated air handling system with thermostats,” a NEST security camera, a hookup for a gas grill in the yard and a fire safety sprinkler system. Plumbing and electric are new.
Listed by Kimberly T. Hastie of Halstead, the house — which went for $1.65 million a year ago, pre-renovation — wants $3.89 million. It’s a figure that would have been unheard of in these parts not long ago; think its time has come, or are they aiming high?
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