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That staircase! Is it any wonder Scorsese wanted to film here?

Legendary director Martin Scorsese has a new film coming out this month, “The Irishman,” that was largely filmed in New York City. While that movie is centered on the gritty world of organized crime, it was a much more genteel Scorsese production, 1993’s “The Age of Innocence,” that was filmed in this grand Brooklyn mansion. The iconic Park Slope home hit the market recently for $7.5 million.

Based on the classic Edith Wharton novel, “The Age of Innocence” narrates the intrigues of New York high society in the late 19th century, and when you look at 108 8th Avenue, it’s clear that no home could personify the splendor of upper-crust turn-of-the-century NYC better. The five-story limestone townhouse, built in 1900, is magnificent in every way.

On 8th Avenue between Carroll and President Streets, the home is located steps from Prospect Park West and right in the center of the coveted Park Slope Historic District. Its barrel-front facade has ornate architectural details and intricate wrought iron. The entry leads up to more than 8,000 square feet of interior space, every inch of which is drop-dead gorgeous.

On the first floor, the base of the intricately carved, six-foot-wide mahogany center staircase makes a suitably grand first impression. Beyond a sitting room’s elegant fireplace – one of many fantastical fireplaces in the house – is the kitchen, which boasts a Juliet balcony and stained-glass window panels from the studios of Frank Lloyd Wright.

But the parlor floor is the one Scorsese fans will recognize. The dining room’s soaring coffered ceilings and beautiful stained glass, the music room’s crystal chandeliers and plaster details — what better place for Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer to engage in a forbidden romance? If you’re more of a prestige-TV fan than a movie buff, though, you’ll also recognize this space from HBO’s period masterpiece “Boardwalk Empire.”

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The mansion’s upper floors house luxe bedrooms, a library, a home-office space, two more full baths, a laundry room and a walk-in cedar closet. Stairs on the top floor lead to a roof deck with an expansive view of the Manhattan skyline. And downstairs on the garden level, which has its own private entrance and could easily be converted into a rental unit, there is a game room, a sauna and a fully functioning dumbwaiter that goes all the way up to the master bedroom suite. (Very “Downton Abbey”!)

See more at the StreetEasy listing here, represented by John Wysocki of Citi Habitats.

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