Even before you open the front door, this limestone townhouse on one of the prettiest blocks in the heart of Park Slope has more going for it than location. Built in 1910, the three-story home at 542 Third Street was designed by notable and prolific Swedish-American architect Axel Hedman. Along with partner Magnus Dahlander, Hedman is thought to have built more elegant rowhouses in Brooklyn neighborhoods like Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Park Slope, Sunset Park and Prospect Lefferts Gardens/Lefferts Manor than any other in his profession. Guided by the current owners’ high standards and exacting design principles, the home’s finest historic details have been preserved while modern comforts and conveniences have been seamlessly integrated.
Official two-family dwelling status gives you more options beyond its current configuration as a single family home. The 3,720-square-foot residence has a center-stair layout, allowing rooms to span the width of the house on all floors. On the double parlor floor, parquet flooring is a timelessly elegant detail; coffered ceilings, original mantles and a pier mirror add historic charm as well.
The kitchen occupies the extension to allow for space in the formal dining room. A luxurious renovation means walls of Carrara marble, soapstone worktops, radiant-heat floors and a built-in sound system. Anchoring the kitchen’s serious appliances is a La Cornue range with a double oven. A double door opens onto a spacious ipe wood deck with plantings, a custom awning and a gas line for the grill.
The two upper floors hold bedrooms–including the delicious grape candy and golden toffee-colored examples shown above–and custom-designed baths with details like Blue Celeste marble tiles, book-matched consecutive-cut marble slabs, heated floors and towel racks, a grand soaking tub and a separate shower enclosed with curved glass.
In addition to the master bedroom, a cozy wood-paneled library lined with built-in bookshelves and a separate home office can be found on the home’s topmost floor.
The home’s English basement wasn’t passed over in the renovation. Down here you’ll find a spacious recreation room and gym, a bathroom with steam shower and a laundry room with soapstone counters. In addition to aesthetic upgrades, all mechanical systems have been replaced and updated including a new boiler, replacement windows, three-zone central air conditioning, new electrical service and more.
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Images courtesy of Compass.
Neighborhoods : Park Slope