It’s pretty rare to come across an historic home that manages to be “sophisticated and elegant” with “prolific original architectural details” and also be a block from Prospect Park. But this amazing Park Slope townhouse, a restored Romanesque brownstone, “perfectly integrates historic detailing with a modern sensibility” and boasts a professional-grade gym in the basement and a private landscaped rose garden.
The 6,000 square feet of perfection at 178 Eighth Avenue, which probably already has plenty of offers over its $8 million ask, is luxurious in the best possible way, from gorgeous chandeliers to wall treatments that have plenty of flair but never veer into the whimsical or look “decorated.” There’s not an ostentatious frill or questionable architectural choice in sight; no Hermès leather walls. No spotlit purse-cochere. It’s almost too understated in places, but not even close to austere.
The newly renovated single-family has all the big stuff covered: new electric, plumbing, central a/c system and roof, freshly-restored facade, new windows and doors. For historic house buffs, original details are everywhere, from the carved wood staircase, shutters and window trim to perfectly matched herringbone parquet floors, pretty French doors dividing the impossibly elegant parlor rooms and about a million fireplaces.
Not one, but two, eat-in kitchens offer top-of-the-line appliances including a LaCornue stove (which alone is worth something frighteningly close to $8M), SubZero fridge and Miele dishwasher.
Exposed beamed ceilings frame the garden level, where an open, loft-like layout is casual (but big enough to easily accommodate 100 guests, none of whom will want to leave, ever).
In the back yard, there is a rose garden. Just like we were promised.
Preserved historic elements are integrated nicely, like this hallway pass-through washroom. Also: Best office ever.
The home currently holds five bedrooms, three baths and two powder rooms. Major points for not putting marble in the bath. Not that any points are needed.
A planted terrace is just outside the master suite. Nightcap? Morning coffee? Covered.
Who wouldn’t have a baby just to keep it in this room, with the stripes like that?
And down here is a large professional-grade gym with Legend and Precor equipment. For the record this is the first home gym we’ve seen that looks like a Paris cafe.
The home’s stunning architecture is as graceful as any along the brownstone-lined streets of the coveted Park Slope North historic district. 178 Eighth Avenue house, you win. Other townhouses, thanks for playing.
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Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman
Neighborhoods : Park Slope