$6,801,080 | Built 1899 | 8,014 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 5 Baths
108 8th Avenue, New York, New York, United States, 11215
Built in 1899 and masterfully restored and renovated by DiDonno Associates Architects, Ernest Art Glass and Foro Marble Co., this Park Slope limestone townhouse has been reduced to $6.8 million. The residence has been on the market for as much as $8.8 million since 2018 and most recently for $7.3 million. Voluminous in size and scope, this residence offers 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ baths, a yard & 3 outdoor terraces – the ultimate in palatial splendour. The house is large: 20-foot x 83-foot, with a grand center staircase that allows most rooms to span the entire width of the house. Its roomy interior and outdoor space create the perfect environment for those who need to work & play at home, without feeling a sense of claustrophobia. The house resembles an enchanting European Villa, making it ideal for stay-at-home vacations too. It currently serves as a single-family residence, but is a legal two-family and can easily be modified to provide a substantial high-income rental at the garden level, which has its own private entrance and private outdoor space.
This level also includes a guest suite and sauna. It is ideal for visiting family or friends who might need to self-isolate upon arrival for an extended visit. The current owner renovated and modernized the home – including the electrical, plumbing, all bathrooms & kitchen, and added multi-zoned air conditioning & acoustic stereo sound systems. At the same time, the details were painstakingly preserved by master craftspeople. The list of lavish original details is endless: filigreed mahogany woodwork, an abundance of stained-glass windows, fretwork screens, Corinthian columns, carved newel posts, wainscoting, original inlaid parquet floors, 15-foot coffered ceilings on the dining room floor, stunning millwork, and 6 lavishly detailed mantled fireplaces (3 converted to gas). Much of the spacious interior is devoted to communal living, including a music room/performance space with ideal acoustics, a library room that boasts the classic ladder, a dining room with original tapestries, a huge game room, a duplex kitchen that features custom stained-glass windows from the studios of Frank Lloyd Wright, a Juliet balcony for sipping a glass of wine while cooking, and a lower-level multi-windowed breakfast room that opens out onto a covered deck.
A sub-basement, which spans the entire length & width of the house without arches, offers an 8-foot high ceiling and can be converted to a gym or media room. Currently, a wine cellar sits in the rear. Martin Scorsese in “The Age of Innocence,” HBO in “Boardwalk Empire,” and Steven Soderbergh in “The Knick” filmed in this home because it depicted the opulent living of a by-gone era. All of the bathrooms are finished in stone (marble, granite, slate) and the bathtubs are cast iron. The master bedroom has an ensuite bath that includes a steam shower, multiple nozzles, a bidet, and a soaking tub sized for two that looks out onto views of the Manhattan skyline. Off the bedroom is a spectacular-looking pass-through that is equipped with a marble sink, built-in cedar drawers & closets, mirrors and a changing area. On the top floor sits a large bedroom with an ensuite bath and a vented laundry room, another full bathroom and a large home office (which can double as a bedroom) with a wall of built-in shelves, and which opens out onto a roof terrace with Manhattan skyline views.
One more flight up is a spacious roof deck with panoramic city views. Additionally, the house has a fully functioning mechanical dumbwaiter that spans four floors, beginning at the garden level. This home has stood the test of time – a luxurious refuge during the Spanish Flu; its peacefulness and security are to be coveted in these Covid times. Located in central Park Slope, considered one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the country, this house is only one block away from majestic Prospect Park and the weekly Farmers’ Market at Grand Army Plaza. The cultural charms of the area, which include the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum, are a few blocks away. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Barclays Center are nearby, along with the area’s finest public and private schools, public transportation, and parking garages. Local fare, restaurants and shopping are one block away on 7th Ave and nearby along 5th Avenue. This house reflects the efforts of artisans and masters of their craft in its restoration, including: Ron DiDonno Architects, Ernest Porcelli/Glass Art of Brooklyn, and Joseph Guido/Foro Marble. The property is on the market for $6.8 million with John Wysocki of Corcoran Group – East Side. Photography and information found on agent’s listing. Shoutout to Captivating Houses for first posting this property.