Here’s a deluxe residence — a sprawling Park Slope one-family rich in original detail that’s been thoroughly renovated and restored, and is quite the looker. It’s a Romanesque Revival brownstone dating to 1893, at 178 8th Avenue in the Park Slope Historic District.
It’s a big one, over 6,000 square feet spread over four floors and a finished basement, which houses a full-on gym, stocked with enough equipment that you could charge membership fees to local weightlifters.
It’s got two kitchens, on the parlor and garden floors — and not one main kitchen and a small adjunct, but two full-on, beautifully renovated kitchens with top-end appliances, one sitting atop the other. One’s more modern and mod, with sleek white cabinetry, marble countertops, a built-in banquette and exposed wood beams in the ceiling; the other is more traditional, with a farmhouse sink, black La Cornue range and a huge picture window facing the garden.
The garden floor has been opened up, with those same exposed wood beams throughout, and a large wooden mantel that houses a gas fireplace. There’s a plenty more detail upstairs, including moldings, door and window casings in natural wood, parquet floors, and a lovely wainscoted staircase — all the woodwork is in prime shape.
There are three bedrooms on the third floor and a full-floor master suite above, with a landscaped terrace and an office with a wall of bookshelves — which under a floor plan proposed in the listing would become a massive dressing room.
The garden is a beaut, with a brick patio and a large wooden pergola. There’s an alarm system and multi-zone a/c.
We featured this one as a House of the Day in 2009 — when we noted that the price of just under $3 million seemed “hopelessly out of touch.” It went for $2.4 million, then sold again for $3 million in 2012. The renovation (a two-year project, according to the listing) followed.
It came on the market for a spell in March of 2016, listed for a whopping $8.5 million. Now, listed by Lindsay Barton Barrett and Christina Abad of Compass, it’s asking $5.995 million. What do you think it might fetch?
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