Even in the land of many mansions otherwise known as north Park Slope, 106 Eighth Avenue is, as the listing says, a rare Brooklyn treasure. Built in 1905 for furniture tycoon Henry Wallace Partridge, this Beaux Arts mansion built to accommodate “family, full time employees and guests” spans 8,000 square feet and 20 rooms, including seven bathrooms and nine fireplaces. Maintained with care, this extraordinary home has retained original details throughout, including hand-painted frescoes and a Tiffany stained glass atrium. It’s currently on the market for $8.789 million (still far below the 17,500-square-foot Low mansion at 3 Pierrepont Place for $40 million), and awaits more family, full-time employees and guests to reimagine it for the 21st century.
The home, referred to by the New York Daily News as the “Brookyn Embassy townhouse” was briefly for sale at $11.8 million in 2015, but taken off the market after a price chop to $9.85. The home’s current owner was bequeathed the limestone mansion by friends, master builders who had restored it to its former glory.
In the grand lobby-like receiving area you’ll find a massive fireplace, the original mahogany carved stairway and an intricate herringbone floor of mahogany, oak, birch and cherry. The mansion boasts one of Brooklyn’s first private elevators for easy access to all five floors. Beyond this entry foyer is an equally grand living area.
On the home’s second level, nineteen-foot ceilings, enormous rooms and fireplaces transport visitors to a bygone era. The walls of the dining room are adorned with hand-painted frescoes, carved paneling, original custom built-ins and a Tiffany stained glass atrium. Through twelve-foot high pocket doors is a central hall and a music room overlooking Eighth Avenue.
On the top two floors are five bedrooms and four additional baths. The rounded barrel-front of this limestone townhouse provides a rare warmth and glamour to its interiors.
A roof deck and a solarium offer magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline and New York harbor.
The home was most recently a legal eight-family dwelling, so there’s plenty of flexibility should you want to create a rental property, condos, or engineer a return to single-family grandeur. And though the home’s details are a wonder, for the average apartment or house-dweller, the floor plan alone is a thing to behold.
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Images courtesy of Halstead Property.
Neighborhoods : Park Slope