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Fame Slept Here


491 3RD STREET, PARK SLOPE
The Facts: 3,960-square-foot, three-unit, four-story townhouse.
Asking Price: $2.795 million.
Taxes: $4,128 per year.
Agent: Jessica Buchman and Lesley Semmelhack, the Corcoran Group.


The brownstone blocks of Park Slope rarely appeal to modern-architecture aficionados. Yet here, on this block smack in the middle of the North Slope, sits a house with interiors renovated by the mid-century master I.M. Pei. The architect’s son, T’ing, bought the building in the mid-seventies, and his Pritzker-winning dad did the renovation of the owner’s duplex on the third and fourth floors. That apartment retains Pei’s imprint, with sleek, all-white geometric lines and two tall, slender floor-to-ceiling archways. “A student of Pei would recognize the work immediately,” says listing broker Jessica Buchman. The townhouse is also quite a bit cheaper, on a square-foot basis, than Pei’s most recent work: the Centurion, the new condo building on West 56th Street that marks his return to Manhattan residential architecture after a four-decade absence.


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