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This house — at 119 Vanderbilt Avenue in Clinton Hill's Wallabout Historic District — has a number of points of distinction. First off, it's Gothic Revival, a rarity among Brooklyn homes — built around 1852 according to the designation report. Second, the seller is actress and director Lake Bell and her husband Scott Campbell, a lauded tattoo artist.

In the case of this century-old wood-frame, the clients were a mother and a fifth-grader who had her own design ideas. "The daughter watches a lot of home shows and has strong opinions. From the beginning, she said, 'I want a marble kitchen,'" recalled architect Alexandra Barker of the Downtown Brooklyn-based Barker Freeman Design Office, who was hired to gut renovate the hopelessly dated kitchen and create a new powder room and master bath.