House of the Day: 181 Midwood Street

Once upon a time, this asking price of $1,285,000 for 181 Midwood Street would have raised eyebrows in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. But no more. That price is nothing these days! One block closer to the park on Midwood there are two houses (#20 and #22) currently listed for more than that. This single-family has lots of original details and has undergone a major updating. It is only three stories (or two if you don’t count the English basement) which makes the property pretty pricey on a per square foot basis. You never know when someone’s gonna fall in love (though we could do without that recessed lighting in the front parlor!).
181 Midwood Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark

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  • However, the other two houses on Midwood up for sale are much larger (3000+ square feet) and may not be a fair comparison. One even has parking and they are three over a basement.

    This is a nice pad though. Could have better curb appeal.

  • However, the other two houses on Midwood up for sale are much larger (3000+ square feet) and may not be a fair comparison. One even has parking and they are three over a basement.

    This is a nice pad though. Could have better curb appeal.

  • I meant “for the price” it could have better curb appeal.

  • The limestone and window paneling are dopedefied.

    ***Half Peak Comps Euroding***

  • I cannot fathom making this choice for my children:

    Statistics for P.S. 92 Elementary
    Enrollment: 610
    Attendance: 94%
    Free Lunch: 90%
    Admissions: Neighborhood school
    Ethnicity %: 1 W | 79 B | 14 H | 5 A
    Reading: 35.4%
    Math: 48.4%

    The good news is they’re no longer considered among the worst pubic schools in NYC. The bad news is there are still a ton of Level 1 ESL students, mostly first gen West Indians. But they are well behaved, strictly disciplined kids per the Inside Schools review.

    It’s a shame that so many Brooklyn neighborhoods with great housing stock have such poor public school choices.

    • 94% attendance looks pretty good, though! So these are mostly children of new immigrants and poor-but-honest working class types – gee, isn’t that supposed to be the bedrock of America? OK, maybe you don’t want your kids to come in contact with them, but this is exactly the sort of public school that we should be encouraging in many areas.

      And, as Bob pointed out, many parents do find more-than-acceptable public school options for their kids – including the 2-year-old Lefferts Gardens Charter School, which shares the building with PS 92 (admission is by lottery, so it’s not guaranteed).

      And how is a school supposed to improve if area parents don’t get involved – how to you think PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights got to be where it is? When I lived in the Heights, no-one sent their kids there – they all went to private schools. Once real estate prices got so high private school tuition was an unaffordable luxury for many and they turned towards improving their local public school – an active PTA, bake sales, fund raisers, etc., and voila.

  • But, boerumhill, most PLG parents, like parents in other Brooklyn neighborhoods, are able to find perectly acceptable public school options.

    • True, but some folks like that P.S. option to actually be in the nabe they inhabit.

      • I myself don’t find overcrowded classrooms with 30+ students like you see at the most popular public schools in Brooklyn appealing at all. Especially with the budget cuts hitting them. There are a huge amount of families in Lefferts Manor and they’re in the top private schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan and finding spots at charter schools and public schools out of this zone. People with kids at the new charter school are happy with it sounds like. The layout of the parlor floor in this house totally works. It was very innovative. They got a nice size powder room to fit just fine, the hallway is plenty wide, and not have the powder room open directly onto the kitchen, DR or LR. No poo mist! Which I have to say now that Rob is gone and can’t say it.

  • The floor plan shows what NOT to do to create space for a powder room on the parlor floor. Look where the fireplace is!

  • Err, just what IS “dopedfied” and how could the limestone be other than it is?Is “brownstoneshalfoff’s” comment intended to make sense?

  • Not terrible though.
    I would rather take one bedroom away from the top to get a bathroom with a window.
    I absolutely hate the decor.
    The den area is to me wasted space.

    My kids are grown, I don’t give a rats ass about school districts anymore.