Eight-unit building returns as single-family mansion

The Park Slope townhouse is asking $11.8 million

106 Eighth Avenue in Park Slope
106 Eighth Avenue in Park Slope

An ornate eight-unit Park Slope building, locally known as the “Brooklyn Embassy,” has returned to the market as a single-family mansion.

The 15-room limestone home, located at 106 Eighth Avenue, is asking $11.8 million. The mansion got its nickname for its opulent style and for its former use as a venue for charitable fundraisers, according to the New York Daily News.

“My friends say it’s like walking into Radio City Music Hall,” owner Jim Hyder told the Daily News.

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Former owners Jack Koven and carpenter John Farran spent roughly $250,000 and eight years restoring the property to its former glory. But a decade ago, Koven and Farran died, leaving the property to Hyder and two other relatives.

“I was kind of keeping it in his memory and I was happy doing it, but I’ve maintained it and loved it for long enough,” Hyder said. “Now, we hope a new family will come in and restore it back to a single-family home.” [NYDN]Christopher Cameron