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Park Slope home of the “original gentrifiers” asks $4.8M

September 18, 2013 02:53PM

The Park Slope home of the late Everett Ortner, a pioneer in the revival of Brooklyn brownstones, has hit the market for the first time in half a century, priced at $4.8 million.

The house at 272 Berkeley Place has rental spaces in the front rooms of the third and fourth floors, one of which currently has an occupant. It features its original furnace, original gas fixtures and a small, 1920s-era handicap-accessible elevator. The front hall still has a painted decoration dating back to 1886.

Everett and his wife Evelyn, who purchased the brownstone for $32,000 in 1963, were described in a 2004 New York Times profile as the “original gentrifiers,” inspiring a wave of friends to join them on the Brooklyn “frontier.” He died at age 92 in May 2012, as previously reported. [Brownstoner]Mark Maurer

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  • Phil Macracken

    If you think gentrification in Park Slope Started in 1963……. you missed the mark by at least 20years. I was born and raised in, and still live in Park Slope(I only Capitalize it because it is now highbrow). The 60’s were a bear, gangs were all over the place. Certain blocks were protected by different gangs. Then in the 70’s that was the shit show…Garfield St, 3rd St., President ST, Sterling…..etc they were all crap! I could go on. My parents bought a brownstone on 10th street for 12k. now worth 1.6. I bought a brownstone in 2002 for 800k….prices have gone up since….but we have to live with the yuppies, and those who do not know nor care about their immediate neighbors. When I was growing up here, people from at least 5 blocks away knew who you were….and called your parents if you were goofing!