Long-time readers of this blog may recall that we’re generally not fans of recessed lighting in a prewar setting. This co-op at 60 Pineapple Street in Brooklyn Heights is no exception to the rule. It’s a lovely corner apartment with 1,475 square feet and a very generous, almost loft-like, living area along with the three bedrooms and two bathrooms — but it’s got recessed lighting galore. No matter. If you’ve got the $1,775,000 to buy the place you can always tweak the lighting.
The original detail that still exists in the parlor floor of this princely duplex at 392 3rd Street is lovely. We’re not wild about some the renovation decisions however. In particular the surfeit of recessed lighting and exposed brick clashes with the moldings, fireplaces and wood architectural features. Sure, it earns its luxury badge honestly but it doesn’t work as a whole in our view. And for $2,495,000 we’d hope for a more unified design.
101 Lafayette Avenue may have the distinction of getting the most Co-op of the Day nods over the past 10 years. (Yes, it’ll be ten years next month.) Why? There aren’t many big prewar buildings in Fort Greene, and we’re suckers for the casement windows and other original details that these apartments have. Today’s listing, a second-floor studio, is pretty basic — one living room plus, presumably, a small kitchen and bathroom. The maintenance is $555 a month and the asking price is $350,000.
We’re pretty sure that this new listing at 42 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights has the highest asking price of any half-brownstone to date. Located in a 26-foot-wide house, it’s a good-sized pad and has a lovely garden to boot. The parlor floor has some striking original details (hello, coffered ceilings!) but we’re not wild about how the kitchen integrates with the main parlor. The maintenance is $3,475 a month and the asking price is, hold onto your hats, $4,500,000.
This new listing at the Ansonia in the South Slope looks very appealing. The duplex has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms with nice original details like brick walls and wood ceilings throughout. There’s also a gigantic kitchen. The monthly maintenance is $1,377 and the asking price is $1,795,000. There’s no precise square footage given but we suspect the asking multiple comes out north of $1,000 a foot.
With brownstones on Grand Avenue now priced well over $2,000,000, the half a brownstone at No. 337 might at first glance seem to be attractive at its asking price of $995,000. Potential buyers should keep in mind however that, despite efforts to add some traditional detailing, the 1,010-square-foot duplex is located in a townhouse built in 1989 and whose footprint is quite a bit smaller than many of its older neighbors. The result is a price per square foot just shy of $1,000. That seems a bit aggressive to us given the product. What do you think?
Here’s some prewar-y goodness in the form of a three-bedroom apartment at 27 Prospect Park West, a full-service co-op in Park Slope. In addition to lots of original details, the ninth-floor apartment also sports views in four directions, including the park and the harbor. The recent renovation provided some nice updates while maintaining the classic look. The asking price is $2,625,000.
This new listing at J Condo in Dumbo is not messing around. It’s a combination of the A and J lines, weighing in at a total of 2,620 square feet. The layout is generous and the views are amazing. So is the price: At $4,995,000, the asking price comes in just north of $1,900 a foot. That’s a huge number for Brooklyn, even in today’s market.
For apartment hunters looking for value, they could do a lot worse than to explore the part of Flatbush around Brooklyn College. There are lots and lots of prewar buildings and houses — and the campus itself is beautiful. This new listing at 2835 Bedford Avenue, for example, has 1,100 square feet of space and lots of original details. It’s only got one bathroom and a pretty unsexy kitchen but for $299,000, this appears to qualify as a good deal these days.
We wrote about the fourth-floor apartment at 27 Schermerhorn Street back in 2011 when it was asking $695,000. Now the top floor unit, which has been redone in a much more modern fashion, is on the market for $915,000. The brownstone floor-through co-op is 25 feet wide and 1,000 square feet in total. Monthly maintenance is $1,218. We’re usually not big fans of going modern in a brownstone but this renovation looks pretty successful to us.
The sleeping arrangement won’t be to everyone’s liking but otherwise this co-op at 146 Columbia Heights looks very nice. The junior one bedroom (or is it a studio?) has lots of original details as well as a modernized kitchen and bath. The monthly maintenance is $832 and the asking price is $695,000.
It’s fair to say that building and opening Berg’n, the 9,000-square-foot Brooklyn Flea-run beer hall and food court, is the hardest thing we’ve ever done. But here we are, on the eve of the opening, still standing (even after a week of pre-opening parties) and thrilled to welcome the public tomorrow at 899 Bergen Street between Classon and Franklin. We’re fortunate to have received a lot of press this past week so we won’t rehash too many of the details, other than to say the beer hall will feature food from Smorgasburg favorites Asia Dog, Mighty Quinn’s, Pizza Moto and Ramenburger along with a coffee bar featuring Parlor Coffee, Dough donuts, Choice pastries, Blue Marble ice cream, White Moustache Yogurt and Early Bird Granola. You can check out the selection of drafts, rare bottles and hard liquor here.
The coffee bar opens at 8 am tomorrow and food vendors start serving lunch at 11:30 (though Mighty Quinn’s is dinner-only for the first couple of weeks). We’ll be around most of the day, so if you’re a Brownstoner reader please don’t be shy and come say hi!