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For $6.75M, a landmarked Park Slope home laden with 19th-century details

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A timeless beauty has been given a delicate modern renovation

Each week, Curbed scours the market for our Brooklyn Townhouse Roundup, a nod to some of the best homes up for grabs in Brooklyn, but this landmarked Park Slope townhouse was worthy of a closer look. It’s strange to say that any house warrants a $6.75 million asking price but this Romanesque Revival home just might be one that does. Let’s go ahead and see why.

According to the listing description, this elegant home, located at 178 Eighth Avenue, was originally built in 1893 by Brooklyn architect Frederick J. Griswell. Since then, it has been fully renovated but so much of its original details have been restored that the essence of its 19th-century charm is still very much alive and well throughout its 6,053-square-foot layout.

The open parlor floor boasts high ceilings with exposed wooden beams, recessed lighting, a gas fireplace, and an ornate wooden staircase. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two eat-in kitchens; both of which are quite unique but have what people typically crave in kitchens: copious cabinet space and stainless steel appliances.

In addition to offering two gas fireplaces, this massive abode features five decorative fireplaces along with other classic details that include pocket doors, crown molding, arched wall cutouts, hand-painted wall paper, inlaid floors, and built-ins. The bathrooms are just about the most modern rooms in the house with subway-tiled jacuzzi tubs and fancy finishes.

The basement has been converted into a full-fledged fitness center with the ability to accommodate a myriad of exercise machines and equipment. The floorplan suggests that the space can be used for something far less health-conscious like, say, a wine cellar.

To round things out, there are two outdoor spaces: one is a large terrace on the third floor and the other is an intimate backyard.