After struggling to sell for what would have been a record-breaking $25 million, Park Slope’s grand Tracy Mansion – a Montessori School since 1970 – finally sold for $9.5 million back in 2013. Scott Henson Architect then divided the neoclassical landmarked structure into seven luxurious condos, the first-floor duplex now asking $3.85 million. In addition to a 432-square-foot backyard, the three-bedroom home boasts a myriad of historic details, an eight-foot-tall marble fireplace, tons of decorative molding, Corinthian pillars, wood paneling, herringbone wood floors, and a sweeping grand staircase that was featured in the HBO show “Boardwalk Empire.”
Though it would be an enviable Brooklyn townhouse even without the certification, this unique home at 331 8th Street in Park Slope got a complete Passive House retrofit in 2013. It’s a shining 21st century energy-efficient example; better yet, the home’s many period details were preserved. Asking $4 million, the 3,675 square-foot three-story home has wood molding, original doors and slate mantles across four bedrooms, three full baths, a powder room and a fully finished basement. A total of four outdoor spaces multiplies what we love about townhouse living.
Looking at the 25-foot wide townhouse known as the Warwick at 8 8th Avenue in one of the prettiest spots in brownstone Brooklyn, it’s easy to imagine that the apartment within would be a study in historic parlor-floor grandeur–and this well-maintained two-bedroom co-op doesn’t disappoint. Steps from Grand Army Plaza and a few blocks from Prospect Park, this anything-but-boring home on the Park Slope/Prospect Heights border boasts a romantic wood-burning fireplace and historic details, plus quirky surprises like a loft and a loggia.
Ever fantasize about living in the gem of Brooklyn’s brownstone belt? A new lottery for seven affordable housing units in Park Slope just might turn that dream into reality. The newly renovated apartments are located in various buildings in the historic neighborhood: 643 President Street, 579 Warren Street and 677 and 680 Union Street. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 40, 50 or 60 percent of the area median income can apply for the studio and one-bedroom apartments, which start at $787/month and $642/month respectively.
When Clem Labine bought the townhouse at 199 Berkeley Place in Park Slope for $25,000 back in 1966, Brooklyn was a very different place. Among the original wave of “brownstoners” who bought dilapidated townhomes to give themselves more living space and put years of sweat equity into restoring them, Labine, now 81, went on to found Old-House Journal (“Restoration and Maintenance Techniques for the Antique House”), and live in the painstakingly-preserved home for over 50 years (h/t Brownstoner). The Neo-Grec-style house was was built in 1883 along with 10 other homes. A much-subdivided rental SRO when Labine rescued it, it’s now an impressive two-family home listed for $3.895 million.
The details are to die for at 273 6th Avenue, a three-bedroom Park Slope co-op. Late 19-century architecture abounds, from the pocket doors’ etched glass to the pier mirrors and carved fireplace mantles to the living room’s tin ceiling. Add to this a relatively spacious layout, and the $1,660,000 price tag doesn’t seem so bad.
This top-floor one-bedroom at 781 Union Street in prime north Park Slope may be a walk-up but its aspirations transcend the pedestrian. Perched atop a townhouse co-op, the light-filled apartment has seen a recent renovation within its pre-war pedigree and offers options and plenty of living space.
This five-story Brooklyn brownstone–packed with pre-war details–is less than 25 yards from the borough’s beloved Prospect Park. Located at 572 1st Street in Park Slope, it’s currently configured as an owner’s triplex with a rental duplex on the top two floors. And it’s huge: the building measures 22 feet wide and 52 feet deep, with 18 feet extensions on two levels. Details include everything from tiled fireplaces to stained glass to enormous mirrors to ornate woodwork. It’s just been listed for the substantial sum of $5.995 million.
Just a block from Prospect Park in laid-back south Park Slope, this cozy two-bedroom (officially) at 497 12th Street gives you two distinct living areas, several bedroom options, and a sweet private garden. The parlor-and-ground-level duplex is a condominium, which allows for even more options in a high-rent neighborhood. Asking $1.299 million, the apartment has been renovated, but it retains plenty of warmth and pre-war detail including tin ceilings, exposed brick, decorative moldings and original pine floors.
In a Brooklyn neighborhood known for its brownstones and Art Deco and pre-war apartments, this one-bedroom co-op offers lots of space and charm for your $799,000. On the top floor of an elevator, doorman building at 235 Lincoln Place just off Grand Army Plaza, it’s a prime example of the neighborhood’s casual elegance.