By Linette Semino
Located within the Park Slope Historic District, 43 Eighth Avenue is a stunning Neo-Greco brownstone built in 1886. Its grand high-stoop entry with intact portico and the bold three-sided bay windows create a memorable impression in a block filled with handsome historic homes. Once known as Sportsman’s Row for the number of jockeys and horsemen who lived close to the nearby Montauk Club, this illustrious location delivers unbeatable access to Prospect Park and Grand Army Plaza. The Brooklyn Public Library, Museum, and the Botanic Garden are just minutes away, and foodies will love the proximity to the Park Slope Food Coop and Fifth Avenue’s restaurant row. There’s also easy access to public transportation (2/3, B and Q subways), bus service, as well as Citi Bike stations.
43 Eighth Avenue is an extraordinary 23-foot-wide brownstone with 6 beds and 4.5 baths. This grand home features over 5,800 square feet of interior space, meticulously restored with modernized living spaces that meld seamlessly with historic millwork. Ornate paneling and fireplaces are embellished 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.
First Floor Arrival at 43 Eighth Avenue is welcoming. From its stately stoop and gracious entry vestibule, pocket doors reveal a sun-filled parlor sitting room and formal dining room with glorious bay windows and a breathtaking crystal chandelier. Another set of doors open to the dramatic living room, where crown moldings and extra-tall doorways accentuate 12.5-foot ceilings. The working fireplace is trimmed in chic 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 invite you into the extraordinary solarium where deep gray paint and a soaring globe fixture contrast beautifully with leafy outdoor views and leaded glass windows.
The adjacent marble kitchen attends to culinary needs with custom cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances, while doors to the solarium and deck provide a wonderful indoor/outdoor ambiance. Below, the spacious fenced yard makes outdoor lounging and entertaining irresistible with its covered and uncovered patios, gas fire pit, built-in seating, and lush landscaping.
Second Floor An enviable owner’s suite commands the entire second floor. A lavish bedroom and sitting room with working fireplace flank a classic dressing area with custom closets and working basins. Another solarium here is used as a home gym, while the bathroom features a vintage pedestal sink and soaking tub. Two bedrooms boast decorative fireplaces and a shared dressing area with an original basin on the top floor. Off the hall, a third smaller bedroom, laundry closet, and two bathrooms add exceptional convenience for busy households.
The Extras The equally impressive garden-level apartment is perfect as an income-generating unit, gracious home office, or massive guest suite featuring a sun-splashed living room with a fireplace, dining room, kitchen, and large bedroom with ensuite bath. Smartly planned, the upper triplex has direct access to the cellar, hallway storage, and more without interrupting the garden unit. Asking price: $6.25 million
For more information on 43 Eighth Avenue, contact Lindsay Barton Barrett of Douglas Elliman at firstname.lastname@example.org