43 Eighth Avenue, an extraordinary 23-foot-wide brownstone, in lush Park Slope, Brooklyn recently listed with Lindsay Barton Barrett, a record-setting top broker with Douglas Elliman. This grand $6.25 million home spans over 5,800 square feet and features six bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.
Arrive at a stately quintessential Brooklyn stoop. The pocket doors that disappear into a compartment in the adjacent wall of the gracious vestibule reveal a sun-filled parlor sitting room and formal dining room. Another set of pocket doors invites into the dramatic living room that features 12.5-foot ceilings and extra-tall doorways. The working fireplace is trimmed in marble, and on the opposite wall, an original china cabinet is flanked by closets smartly repurposed as a powder room and refrigerator nook. Walls of windows lead to the solarium where deep gray paint and a soaring globe fixture contrast beautifully with leafy outdoor views and leaded glass windows.
The adjacent marble kitchen features custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances with doors that open to the solarium and the deck for indoor/outdoor living. Below, the spacious fenced yard has covered and uncovered patios, gas fire pit, built-in seating and lovely landscaping.
An owner’s suite is situated on the entire second floor, with a lavish bedroom and sitting room with working fireplaces that flank a classic dressing area with custom closets and working basins. Another solarium here is used as a home gym, and the owner’s bathroom features a vintage pedestal sink and soaking tub.
Two bedrooms on the top floor include decorative fireplaces and a shared dressing area with an original basin. Off the hall, there is a third small bedroom, laundry closet and two bathrooms.
The garden-level apartment can be used as an income-generating unit, gracious home office, or massive guest suite with a living room with a fireplace, dining room, kitchen, and large bedroom with en suite bath. The upper triplex has direct access to the cellar, hallway storage and more without interrupting the garden unit.
Built in 1886, the home has been meticulously restored with modernized living spaces that meld seamlessly with historic millwork. Ornate paneling and fireplaces surrounds are given a new life with gleaming lacquer finishes and beautiful stone – marble and onyx – while traditional layouts have been repurposed for contemporary lifestyles. Tasteful modern details and wallcoverings bridge the gap between old and new.
Once known as Sportsman’s Row for the number of jockeys and horsemen that lived close to the nearby Montauk Club, this storied location is minutes to Prospect Park and Grand Army Plaza. The Brooklyn Public Library, Museum and the Botanic Garden are also nearby. The popular Park Slope Food Coop and Fifth Avenue’s restaurant row are. Access to transportation is superb with 2/3, B and Q trains, excellent bus service and CitiBike stations all nearby.