Brownstone that inspired Park Slope gentrification asks $4.8M

Evelyn and Everett Ortner and 272 Berkeley Place

The 19th-century brownstone that has been hailed as the catalyst for gentrification in Park Slope has hit the market asking $4.8 million. The property at 272 Berkeley Place was the longtime home of Evelyn and Everett Ortner, who paid $32,500 for it in 1963.

The Ortners – dubbed by the New York Times as “the couple who saved Park Slope” in 2004 – inspired reluctant homebuyers to migrate to the then-derelict neighborhood which is now one of the city’s most-prized areas, according to DNAinfo.

The home still retains its original mahogany door frames and parquet flooring, according to the listing with Vandenberg The Townhouse Experts first seen by Brownstoner.

“The details are astounding,” Vandenberg’s president Dexter Guerrieri told DNAinfo. “I tend to think I’ve seen it all when it comes to townhouses, but this one is a breath of fresh air compared to anything else out there.” [DNAinfo]  – Hiten Samtani

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