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Ornate 19th-century townhouse on landmarked Park Slope block seeks $3.9M

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The same owner has renovated the house over a 50-year period

Via Brown Harris Stevens

The townhouse at 199 Berkeley Place in Park Slope has a fascinating history: It was built around 1883, along with 10 other homes, by Brooklyn owner-architect J. Dougherty E Son, and was designed in the neo-Grec style. (That’s according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission report for the Park Slope Historic District, which was designated in 1973.)

In 1966, its current owner, Clem Labine, bought the place for $25,000, and in the years since, he transformed it from a SRO to a stunning single-family home; now, more than 50 years later, he’s looking to sell the place for $3.895 million. It’s listed with Brown Harris Stevens’s Annie Rose and Ron Emenheiser.

The home was the subject of a write-up in the New York Times this weekend, in which Labine explained the decorative scheme of nearly every room in the house: The parlor level was “inspired by the painter James McNeill Whistler’s dizzying Peacock Room interior of 1876-77,” and has peacocks painted on the walls and a “Turkish corner”; an office is called the Brooklyn Room because it has “a reproduction of a drawing of John Roebling’s design for the Brooklyn Bridge”; and in the back garden, there is a small pond and a sculpture garden.

There’s a lot going on, is what we’re saying. And while the furniture and other knick-knacks aren’t part of the deal, a buyer will still get “all original architectural details enhanced by custom stenciling and murals on walls and ceilings.”

On a practical level, the home has four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a formal dining room, basement storage and a laundry room, and a grand staircase. It’s also within walking distance of several trains (the 2/3 at Grand Army Place and the B/Q at Seventh Avenue), as well as Prospect Park.

And the kicker? Labine was so taken with the renovation process that founded two magazines about historic preservation in his time living in the home. Aww.