A Neo-Grec brownstone in the Park Slope Historic District has a hot tub in the flagstone-covered backyard, plus energy-efficient windows installed before the extension of the landmark district in 2012. 427a 8th Street has enough other preserved details to make up for any loss of historic character.
The circa 1884 townhouse–not 1901 as the listing claims–was developed as part of an entire block designed by Jefferson F. Wood (the most prolific architect within the landmark district extension, the report notes). Slightly narrow at 17 feet wide, the brownstone, a legal two-family, is set up as a one-family over three stories.
The well-preserved exterior features typical Neo-Grec incised door and window surrounds, a bracketed wooden cornice, and original cast ironwork with substantial railings and newel posts.
The interior contains plentiful preserved details like five handsome incised white marble mantels, a wood staircase with carved newel posts and curving railing, extensive original hardwood floors, crown molding and other plasterwork such as medallions. There are also pocket doors and a stained-glass skylight.
The double parlors and garden-floor dining room are nicely intact, as is most of the house. Within are extensive wood and plaster moldings, the aforementioned marble fireplaces and original wood floors. In the rear parlor, the fireplace is flanked by built-in bookcases and cupboards.
The large kitchen is in the traditional location in the rear of the garden level and has wood floors, a tin ceiling, a large stainless steel stove, and updated cabinets along two walls.
On the top floor are three bedrooms and an office-slash-laundry room. The front master bedroom has been carved up into two bedrooms plus a walk-in closet, using colorful modern shelving as a divider. While the shelves are attractive and could perhaps be put to use elsewhere, a buyer might wish to restore the original configuration and turn the office/laundry room back into a small third bedroom or storage space.
The two bathrooms, one on the parlor floor and another on the bedroom floor, are large and have been updated fairly recently with bathtubs and classic decor. One has vintage-style black and white tile floors; the other has gray and white tiles, a marble-topped vanity, built-in cabinets and a skylight.
It all appears to be in good move-in condition based on photos. The gas furnace, electrical and plumbing are new, according to the listing, from Aran Scott, Anthony Robles and James Vallejos of Douglas Elliman.
Apparently in the hands of the same family since at least 1977, according to public records, it’s now listed for $2.45 million. Is it a good deal?
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