Park Slope brownstones made fresh from scratch are only rarely sighted in the wild, but the Journal has spotted one (and not the missing miniature): 319 Fourth Street. Owners Herb and Gayle Solomon picked up the 16x100-foot lot behind their own house for only $46,000 in 1985. But they were reluctant to sell, anxious about what a developer might construct, so they only made plans to build when developer Seth Brown asked to partner with them on the project. The result: a 4,200-square-foot house with green features like a solar-powered rooftop water heater and older touches like a cement-covered facade meant to blend in with the rest of the block. And then there are a few modern goodies, like the laundry room and video intercom system. The listing price of $2.95 million was picked to avoid the neighborhood's psychological "luxury" threshold of $3 million. Will anybody be fooled? Images and floorplan in the gallery above.
· Listing: 319 Fourth Street [Aguayo & Huebener]
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