Occupying the entirety of a 20' by 90' lot at the Northeast corner of Garfield and 6th avenue in Park Slope, 267 6th Avenue is one of the rarest and most exquisite townhomes in all of Brooklyn.
Built in the 1870's, the house has had only four previous owners in nearly 140 years. Most notably and noticeably, 267 6th avenue is the former home of the Swedish American Athletic Club. While it's current setup is a 5,400 sq/ft owner's triplex over a 1,800 sq/ft three-bedroom rental, elements of the club's glory days have been perfectly preserved.
When the club opened in 1912, the original footprint of the house was doubled to stretch the entire length of the lot. The expanse of the parlor level immediately engages visitors. Soaring 11' foot tin ceilings, tin walls, plaster molding throughout and a square grand piano all build an opulent atmosphere. Perfect for entertaining, the club used this floor for boxing matches, ballroom dances and 100-person dinners. And yet the parlor is not without cozy enclaves: a sun-filled bay window provides intimacy just off the sitting room.
Upstairs, the sprawling lounge ends at a 15' foot cherry-wood bar with custom built cabinets completely intact. Club memorabilia such as boxing gloves, javelins, and photos of former members provide character like none other. The second floor also holds the master bedroom, complete with a glass trophy case now used to display the owner's book collection. A 25' walk-in closet serves the master bedroom and hand crafted lockers, once used for club executives, provide ample storage.
Upstairs on the top level of the home, the chef's kitchen boasts three pantries. There are two more bedrooms, living room, dining room, library and full bath on this level, all sun-filled thanks to northern and southern exposure as well as several skylights. The owners filed plans and began work to replace the roof garden with a spacious roof deck.
With 63 windows, bowling alley floors in the downstairs rental, and anchored on the corner of two beautiful tree-lined streets, it's no surprise that the house was twice featured on the annual Park Slope House Tour, has had several mentions in the New York Times Real Estate section and a video segment on Channel 7 news.
Located in the heart of Park Slope with access to both commercial corridors on 7th and 5th avenues, the house is surrounded by myriad restaurants and shopping, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, Botanic Gardens, and transportation into and out of Manhattan.