This floor-through apartment at 119 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill slips in under the million-dollar mark with an asking price of $995,000. The layout is exactly what you’d expect from a townhouse apartment: living room in front, kitchen and bathroom in the middle and two bedrooms (one big, one small) in the back.
This one’s in nice shape with original details and a nicely modern kitchen. Monthly maintenance is $795.
A large prewar apartment in Brooklyn Heights for not much more than $1,000 a square foot is worth a close look. This 2,840-square-foot five-bedroom pad, a result of combining two adjacent apartments, at 61 Pierrepont Street has lots of prewar charm and appears to be in good shape too.
And as a bonus, there’s a private parking spot that comes with the apartment and is included in the maintenance. The ask is $2,950,000 and the monthly maintenance is $3,536. Think this will go fast?
This duplex at 60 Broadway (aka the Gretsch) is looking pretty good to us. The living area has 26-foot-high ceilings and the views, even from the fifth floor, are excellent. And you know what? $2,850,000 doesn’t actually sound like that much for a top-notch, 2,445-square-foot condo in Williamsburg these days. The maintenance is just $1,617, but that’ll increase in 2020 when the tax abatement runs out.
The floor plan is a little funky and there’s only one bathroom, but it’s hard to find a two-bedroom overlooking Prospect Park for $729,000 these days, especially one in move-in condition. The prewar building at 195 Prospect Park West is on the traffic circle at 15th Street — and has the curved facade to prove it. Seems like a decent deal to us, especially with a monthly maintenance of just $907.
It’s hard for us to believe, but Brownstoner is 10 years old this month. As best we can figure it, the first Brownstoner post went up just around now in mid-October, 2004. Unfortunately, the first three months of posts, at the now-defunct brownstoner.blogspot.com, have been lost. (No they haven’t!)
We had closed on our Clinton Hill brownstone one month earlier, and were in the process of finalizing our bare-bones renovation. We wrote our first posts furtively, from the desk at the company where we were working at the time.
To our great surprise, in the first couple of days, both Curbed and Apartment Therapy served up links, and readers began to find us. Soon we became a place where people could gather and anonymously discuss the rapidly changing brownstone belt and trade tips on renovation. This community would become the lifeblood of the site.
For us, it was a pretty magical time of discovery and creativity. After many years of working for other people doing things that actually felt like work, it was exhilarating to finally have a calling, something we wanted be doing virtually every waking moment.
The first real inkling that Brownstoner might be sustainable was when we wrote a discussion post before taking a week off between Christmas and New Year’s. The topic was which neighborhoods would do the best and worst in the upcoming year. We came back to a hundred or so comments. It turned out to be the first of many triple-digit-comment threads, especially in those first couple of years, when passions ran high and real estate prices were running even higher.
In 2007, we hired our first writer. Not long after, Montrose Morris began chipping in with her expert and much-loved columns on the architecture and history of Brooklyn (a role that expanded greatly over the years). In 2010, fresh out of journalism undergrad, Emily joined the team (later taking the helm at Brownstoner Queens). In 2012, a longtime commenter named Cate responded to our announcement that we were looking for a new managing editor, bringing a true passion for the subject and a firsthand understanding of the site’s readers to the table. The current lineup was rounded out last year when Rebecca, also fresh from J-school, joined up to cover Brooklyn.
Like they say, you never forget your first love. So thanks to everyone — writers and readers, critics and fans — who’s been a part of making Brownstoner a unique community both on and offline for the past 10 years. We feel very lucky to have been a part of it and look forward to many more.
To celebrate, we’ll be running some old favorites over the next few days along with some special anniversary posts. There will also be some kind of shindig in a few months.
The views from this new listing on the 18th floor at 1 Northside Piers in Williamsburg are pretty darn impressive. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad also sports a private balcony in addition to all the “luxury” finishes you’d expect. The price of $1,495,000 actually seems perfectly reasonable for a 1,064-square-foot apartment in this location with this view (and by reasonable we mean relative to the current market).
The original details are the main attraction at 29 Tiffany Place in the Columbia Waterfront District. This fifth-floor pad sports beautiful wood columns and ceilings (which are 11 feet high). The kitchen has also been well renovated recently. One drawback of the 862-square-foot unit is the fact that it has only one bathroom. The common charges are fairly low though — and it’s just around the corner from Pok Pok.
It’s painful to shell out a million bucks and only get a single floor of a townhouse, but such is life in several Brooklyn neighborhoods these days. At least in the case of this top-floor place (which is asking $1,025,000) you get a nice-looking product. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad has been very tastefully and thoroughly renovated. Being on the top floor also has its benefits: The skylight really enhances the kitchen and natural light in general seems ample.
If you’re looking for a building in Park Slope with a strong modern pedigree, the Enrique Norten-designed development at 580 Carroll isn’t a bad place to start. In addition to clean lines and slick finishes, it has a large common yard and this unit comes with a private balcony. One potential drawback depending on your lifestyle: The kitchen is really just a kitchenette set into the wall of the living area. The asking price for the 1,270-square-foot apartment is $1,397,000.
The condo apartments in the old seminary building at the corner of Washington and Atlantic avenues have plenty of architectural details to recommend them but can present challenges when it comes to subdividing into living quarters. This three-level ground-floor pad has a showstopper of an archway leading out to the private yard as well as 14-foot vaulted ceilings. A portion of the apartment is mezzanined, with the kitchen tucked in underneath a sleeping area. The 1,094-square-foot unit is asking $795,000.
Another day, another $1,000-a-foot listing. This 16th-floor pad at the Forte in Fort Greene has a couple of bedrooms and bathrooms as well as great views of Manhattan. It’s also full of right angles, unlike many units in the building. The asking price for the 1,007-square-foot condo is $1,050,000.
Here’s a nice blank slate for someone who wants to put his or her mark on a prewar pad. The 1,618-square-foot classic seven apartment at 255 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights has original floors, plaster walls and 11-foot ceilings. The only negative we can spot is that it appears it might be on the ground floor — or at least just up from street level. The asking price of $999,000 comes in at $617 per square foot.