This early 20th century townhouse by Brooklyn architect Axel Hedman seems to have everything in extra measure. Triple parlors, two intact passthroughs, seven mantels, pocket doors, a window seat, wainscoting and more can be found inside, and the single-family sits on a block adjacent to Prospect Park.
In the Park Slope Historic District, 631 3rd Street is one of a row of eight neo-Renaissance style houses designed by Hedman for the Prospect Park West Realty Co. Completed in 1910, the houses all have rusticated brownstone basements and L-shaped stoops, but several different facade styles alternate along the row. No. 631 sits at the end and has a different window treatment on each floor: arched windows on the parlor level, a bay above and, finally, columns flanking the windows of the top story. That end-of-the-row location also allows for windows on the side facade, which face a garden and parking spot, part of the double lot for a house on 2nd Street.
When this one was a House of the Day back in 2008 the listing photos were scarce, but this time around there are plenty as well as a video tour that allows a closer inspection of all the details, even some that don’t appear in the photos.
Many of those details are in the triple parlors, with plasterwork and painted woodwork at the front, the unpainted woodwork of an original stair and built-in bookcases on either side of the mantel in the middle, and wainscoting, a coffered ceiling and the window seat in the dining room at the rear.
French doors lead from the dining room into a decidedly more modern kitchen designed by architect Paul Cha for the previous owners. There’s still plenty of woodwork on display, but perhaps with more of a nod to mid-century modern than the Gilded Age. There are slab-front wood cabinets, open shelving and a nicely curved built-in along with an expanse of glass looking out to the rear patio.
Upstairs are two floors of bedroom space with two bedrooms on each level. Both sets are joined with passthroughs complete with marble sinks, built-ins and stained glass windows. There’s a full bath on each floor, and the one on the top floor has a claw-foot tub and original tiles, complete with delicately patterned border tile.
The finished basement includes a family room, laundry room, storage and full bath.
Snow was still on the ground when the garden was photographed but the enclosed space includes a screen of bamboo and a patio with room for seating. According to the listing, the house has “state-of-the-art systems,” including security and central air.
In 2008, the house sold for $4 million. It’s now on the market for $5.75 million and listed with Kristi Ambrosetti of Sotheby’s International Realty. Worth the ask?
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