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Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour of 7 Historic Brooklyn Homes

Real estate voyeurs, mark your calendars: The Park Slope Civic Council is holding its 54th annual house tour this Sunday.

Photo by: Audrey Gray Mahogany columns greet you in the parlor of this 1903 Flemish Renaissance Revival home in Park Slope. The house is part of the 54th Annual Park Slope Civic Council House Tour.

In 1959, the Park Slope Civic Council held its first annual house tour to encourage New Yorkers to move to Park Slope, rather than flee to the suburbs. The neighborhood is thriving five decades later, but the tours continue — offering a chance to stroll through some of the Slope’s finest, historic homes.

This year’s tour takes place on Sunday, May 19, and it looks like there will be plenty to drool over. Here are a few highlights from the self-guided walking tour, which features seven homes between Fourth and Ninth Streets:

• A 1903 Flemish Renaissance Revival home with a standout front parlor. Note the lithograph wallpaper featuring the Bay of Napoli and Mt. Vesuvius, as well as the mahogany columns.

• Renovations to a 1908-9 Neo-Classical home include a spacious kitchen with modern white cabinets and a powder room with wallpaper designed by a Beastie Boy.

Photo by: Audrey Gray The powder room in this Park Slope, Brooklyn, Neo-Classical home features wallpaper designed by Mike D. of the Beastie Boys.

• A 1887 Neo-Grec home that boasts original details on the ground floor and modern updates on the second floor. The main attraction here is the vast collection of antiques throughout, including Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, mementos from the 1939 New York World’s Fair and vintage medical supplies in the bathroom.

• If you’re looking for tips on how to modernize an older home without losing its traditional charm, you might learn something from this 1883 Neo-Grec home. The owners renovated the house and kept a careful balance between contemporary (Viking stove, a house-wide Dolby surround sound system) and original touches.

The tour begins at Saint Saviour Catholic Academy at 701 Eighth Ave. and houses will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets ($25 on Tour Day, $20 in advance) may be purchased online via NYCharities. Visit the Park Slope Civic Council website for a list of venues to buy tickets in person.

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