House of the Day: 25 Chester Court


This one-family Tudor at 25 Chester Court in Prospect Lefferts Gardens dates from 1915 and was designed by architect Peter J. Collins, according to the listing. The original details on the lower floors include a wood-burning fireplace and paneled dining room; the upper floors have been renovated and the bathroom is marble. The house comes with a finished basement, deck and terrace. For $989,000, how do you like it?
25 Chester Court [Crown Investments] GMAP P*Shark

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  • BigGuy22

    Nice house. Only a one family. 26 chester closed in July for 658k…detail was impecable in that house, asking price should be in the high 700s low 800s. 26 Chester was HOTD back in April or May I think…

  • Havemeyer

    I was trying to convince my friend to buy 26 chester… it closed about 100K under ask then, right?

  • Beautiful house! These Tudor-revival houses are almost identical to the ones across Flatbush, on Rutland Road, in Lefferts Manor and the PLG Historic District. There’s a effort starting to get these Chester Court houses landmarked, presumably as a separate historic district, as was done with PLG’s second historic district, Ocean on the Park, a few years ago.

  • BigGuy22

    @ Heather…we were asking 749k to start had to reduce it to 699k and then it closed at 658k…accepted offer was 670k and a reduction was made because of some electrical issues found in the engineer report. It probably needed about 100k in updating, the detail was superb though, working fireplace also…Justin @ Crown does some amazing reno’s probably the best house flippers out there in terms of thier honesty, integrity and actual work they do to these homes…they go all out. Just cant see a 1 fam on a non landmarked block go for over 900k. It’ll be a tough one.

    http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2011/12/house-of-the-day-26-chester-court/

  • A similar-sized one family at 52 Hawthorne was flipped for $835k a year ago, after going for $220k the year before that (it was a complete gut reno.) Seeing as these flippers bought this place for $380k, I imagine they’re hoping for a similar return. Probably too ambitious for a short block wedged between Flatbush and the Q tracks, but there’s a huge pent-up demand for renovated places, and if all the systems have been given a high-end upgrade, it’s not unreasonable that it could get close. A mint, high-end 1-family reno at 136 Hawthorne just closed for $1.125M, and that place was only 2300 sf plus finished basement. Are these Chester Ct tudors really 2700 sf, or is that counting the basement space?

  • Nice place but the floor plans are a bit confusing. How is the second floor larger that the first? Does the second floor hang out over the first?
    And the bathroom off the master bedroom is huge but who would put the toilet in front of a window and worse yet have a deck right outside the window.

  • NeoGrec

    One of these houses was on the PLG house tour a few years ago. Very colorful, over the top decor — but great fun! They are wonderful houses and refreshingly different from the standard brownstone/rowhouse layout. Biggest downside to me would be living so close to Flatbush Ave which is super busy and noisy just here.

  • This is one of those poor little blocks squashed up between a noisome, kinda-crappy stretch of Flatbush Ave. and the ever-lovin’ Q tracks? A whisker under a million seems not to acknowledge “location, location” etc….

  • No doubt with a major business corridor and the Q train serving as bookends, there’s quite a bit of action on Chester Court’s perimeter. Yet, once you enter the block, you’ve also entered a distinctly separate and rather quiet enclave which is primarily comprised of charming single family homes. In that regard, it’s somewhat similar to the Albemarle and Kenmore Terraces HD. Definitely understandable that a lot of folk can’t digest the contradiction of a lilliputian-sized country cul de sac sitting smack dab in the middle of the bustling city. OTOH, as FLH notes, with a historic house and good reno like this, in a fast-changing nabe, there’s surely a buyer out here who will. At what price though? I won’t even try and touch that one. :-)

  • No doubt with a major business corridor and the Q train serving as bookends, there’s quite a bit of action on Chester Court’s perimeter. Yet, once you enter the block, you’ve also entered a distinctly separate and rather quiet enclave which is primarily comprised of charming single family homes. In that regard, it’s somewhat similar to the Albemarle and Kenmore Terraces HD. Definitely understandable that a lot of folk can’t digest the contradiction of a lilliputian-sized country cul de sac sitting smack dab in the middle of the bustling city. OTOH, as FLH notes, with a historic house and good reno like this, in a fast-changing nabe, there’s surely a buyer out here who will. At what price though? I won’t even try and touch that one. :-)

  • Havemeyer

    I’m biased, because I really love these houses, although I haven’t seen them in person and that baseboard heating makes me want to scream.

    However, I would much rather pay a million for this, a block from prospect park and with all the shopping that living off flatbush brings (no snark, it’s good shopping)–than that place on Stuyvesant that’s going over ask and needs work. Had I this kind of budget, I’d rather live here than Stuy Heights.

  • And we’d love to have you too, Heather! Come on over!

  • As per Born, Crown (no relation) are one of the more reputable “flip” developers in the business with regards to the quality of work they do. The price may seem to be pushing the line a little a tad but considering the house is in turnkey condition, with a finished basement AND A DECK, it is worth considering.

    The house does NOT back into the B/Q-train as the lots run parallel to the tracks. You will hear the trains though. Brent your points are taken, Chester court certainly isn’t Rutland or Midwood but considering a 1200+ SF Coop costs just much on Eastern Parkway, this, with a back yard, is worth a look.

  • 26 Chester which sold just a couple months ago in July is currently being gutted. I wonder how much their reno will end up costing them…

  • What a disappointment! I will be very surprised if this house gets its asking price. Don’t be fooled by the shot of the lovely bathroom — which is located on the THIRD FLOOR, for those who care. It is about the best part of the renovation that has been done on the house. The rest looks very cheap and cheesy. Very hit-it-and-quit-it. Paint job is horrendous. And I was wondering why there was no pic of the kitchen online, but when I saw it, I could see why. So much more could have been done with it, including expanding the size. As it stands it just looks like a very basic , slap dash job. Not very well executed. Wood detail is lovely on the first floor, though I would have stripped more of the wood, especially on the staircase (which is very poorly painted white)

    If I was buying this house right now, I would pay at least $300,000 LESS and I would call my contractor and give at least half that amount to him, because he would need $100,000 to $150,000 to renovate the renovation! I have nothing against flippers, but if you are going to buy a wreck of a house cheap (and this house was a wreck and cheap!) at least have enough professionalism to do a decent renovation before you ask for almost a million dollars for the property, especially one that is located in a dicey location to begin with). Let us not forget that this is post-2007 America, with an economy to match!

    So much potential gone HORRIBLY wrong!!!!!!!!!!!