All sedate charm on the outside, this neo-Federal house in Park Slope house has a decidedly glam modern interior. It also has a prime location steps away from Prospect Park, at 31 Prospect Park West.
In the Park Slope Historic District, the semi-detached house is one of a pair of red brick Flemish bond houses designed by Brooklyn architect W.J. McCarthy in 1919. Separated by a gated driveway, the houses have arched windows, splayed lintels, stone panels decorated with swags, dormers and pitched roofs.
In 2015, the interior got a transformation by Delson or Sherman Architects. “Everything was peeled back” in a total gut renovation, architect Jeffrey Sherman told Brownstoner at the time.
The result on the main floor is an open floor plan that stretches from the foyer and its new pier mirror to the dining room in the rear. There are new oak floors with radiant heat, a rebuilt fireplace with a marble mantel from France and vintage lighting fixtures. The original staircase was retained and modified. Elsewhere in the house, original stained glass windows were restored and moved to new locations.
The kitchen has a sleek marble island and countertops, custom grey Ornare cabinetry and the expected high-end appliances, including a Wolf cooktop and ovens. Just beyond is the dining room with a wall of glass and French doors leading out to the garden. The latter is a cozy, low-maintenance and appealing space with fountain and dining table and chairs on a gravel patio ringed by evergreen plantings.
Upstairs are two bedrooms, including a massive master suite with a windowed lounge, dressing room and en suite bath with oval cast iron tub and stained glass window. An alternative floor plan included in the listing shows that dressing room altered to allow for a third bedroom.
On the top floor is a vaulted office or lounge space that could also work as a bedroom, the agent told Brownstoner. It has a skylight, a full bath and a substantial roof deck with a pergola and shrubbery.
The finished basement has a sauna, cedar closet and laundry. There is also a private garage and shared driveway.
The house last sold in 2014, before the makeover, for $3.41 million. It’s now on the market for $5.895 million with Jennifer Taylor of Compass. What do you think?
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