Formerly Crumbling 1870 Clinton Hill Corner Building Turned Around


A run-down but historic building at 71 Irving Place has been gutted and renovated and is back on the market. Last year, a section of the facade of the multifamily apartment building crumbled while it was for sale for $975,000. At the time, it was marketed as a gut renovation, not a teardown.

The new owners, Big Brooklyn Rehab Company, picked it up for $750,000 and decided to turn it into a three-family. They set up the 1870s brick building as a 2,500-square-foot owners duplex with two floor-through apartments above. Each unit has central air and three to four bedrooms. There are wide-plank oak floors, white lacquer cabinets, marble counters, vented range hoods, vented washers and dryers, and a roof deck. The ask for the whole building is $2,500,000.

What do you think of how it turned out?

71 Irving Place Listing [Corcoran]
Inside the Renovation at 71 Irving Place [Brownstoner]
Work Happening at 71 Irving After Building Collapse [Brownstoner]
A Building Collapse on Irving and Putnam [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photos by Corcoran


17 Comment

  • Nice! Having two front doors, with one entrance leading to the owner’s unit and the other leading to a “main hallway” for the upper units and roof, is wonderful and rare for a 3-family.

  • It is really unfortunate that they could not better color-match the bricks below the new window sills. It’s not difficult to do and if they are cutting corners on the exterior, you KNOW they skimped on the unseen. Sigh.

  • I am amazed that this is a flip. I thought for sure when it was bought last year that it was being rehabbed to be a multi-unit rental. While I am glad that they turned an eyesore and largely falling down structure into a habitable building again they did some really weird stuff in this reno. One thing, that I have never seen before, is that they reduced the size of the windows all over the building. That is why there is all that mismatched brick. They closed the window openings by about 25% all around. no idea why except maybe because they were trying to get cheaper windows with more standard sizes. The door finishes are all really cheesy, and I would be surprised if the lower floor of the duplex is legally inhabitable as a living floor given how it is dug out. But again, glad that its not falling down any more and looking forward to meeting the new residents. At that price I just wish they could have done a somewhat more classy reno.

    • I agree with Wasder, watching the renovation being done was painful. The building had so much potential, but each choice made by the developer (windows, front doors, heating system) cried out cheap apartment rentals rather than high end. The mistakes they made we could see make me wonder about the mistakes you can’t see. For example they built up the front stoop in a way which left them a double height first step. They eventually fixed that by mounding concrete on the sidewalk. The sidewalk in front of the stoop is now more of a hill. The excavation of the lower level seems to have been done after dry wall was put on the basement walls. Was the proper reinforcement done. Sure you can change out some of the details, but how is what you are buying worth 2.5 million dollars?

  • Wow. none of these “potential” problems even hit my radar. I guess what I’d be most afraid of, is what that big empty lot next to this building is going to be used for. My mind keep saying tall gleaming glass apartment complex….. tall gleaming glass apartment complex….. tall gleaming glass apartment complex…..I would NOT want to live next to that process or its end-product. (Is there any knowledge on what’s going to go on that lot??)

  • It’s good to be a developer right now!

  • I agree with what a o lot of other people have been saying. Everything just screams of being cheaply done and I would be nervous about finding out the things they skimped on that you cannot see. One worrisome detail is the way they planters and the deck are sitting write on top of the rubber roof. A few hot days, the rubber softens, and there will be a hole somewhere in that roof. The smaller windows is a crying shame and clearly done to save money on window sizes. Could have been a beautiful building.

  • This bldg had the wall facade collapse, right? Forget the color of the bricks; they’ll weather. I just hope they are set correctly.
    At 2.5m for a 3 unit flip is a bit high. Nice ROI though. It’ll probably sell, after negotiations. It’s priced for either conversions, or owner occupied w/rentals. Doubt there’s much room left on this one.
    I wonder if: cellar re-zoned to livable, if egress change (2 doors) approved, and if roof deck approved. May well be.
    The finishes are to taste; of the investor and/or designer. They will suffice for rentals.
    Successful conversion; ambitiously priced. Done.

  • I agree with putnamdenizen and wasder, etc. I went to the open house. Double barf all around to my taste. But habitable of course. . . Lets see if renters pony up 4k+ for the three bedroom 2 bath units… the agent said she had comps for that…next on the block is 28 Putnam…
    Goodbye to our friendly car garage. This would be crazy, a carriage house with a 40 x 40 garage. Double drool, and the ultimate in super gentri-fried house, if kept as single family palace. Brownstoner this place deserves its own post I would imagine, unless I missed it.