The price of this penthouse unit at the Belltel Lofts in Downtown Brooklyn has come way down since hitting the market in August. It started at $2,250,000 and is now asking $1,850,000. What do you get for your money? Great views of New York Harbor and 1,645 square feet of living space. Unfortunately there’s no outdoor space, something that many other higher-floor units in this building have. Monthly charges are still low — $1,290 a month. What do you think this’ll end up going for?
This two-bedroom co-op at 66 Montague hit the market last week. It’s a charming apartment in a prewar mansion a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Lots of prewar detail, good windows and ceiling height, and a so-so kitchen. Monthly maintenance for the 1,000-square-foot pad is $1,400 and the asking price is $975,000.
This floor-through apartment at 490 2nd Street in Park Slope just hit the market with an asking price of $999,000. The one-bedroom pad has been attractively renovated. It’s currently configured as a one-bedroom but you could definitely squeeze a second bedroom into the back of the unit. And don’t forget this bonus: There’s a private roof deck that needs work but is big. Waddya think?
This new listing at the Ansonia in the South Slope is a good-looking apartment. The two-bedroom duplex has high (wood) ceilings, nice windows and light and an attractively renovated kitchen. The monthly maintenance is just $1,024 and the asking price is $1,495,000. Nice, right?
This new listing at 39 Plaza Street West in Park Slope has a lot going for it. Three exposures with crazy views towards Manhattan, lotsa prewar cred (Candela!) and a head-to-toe renovation. The new kitchen is very nicely done, though the fixtures in the bathroom are trying a little too hard to be modern. The two-bedroom pad has a monthly maintenance of $1,712 and is asking $1,350,000. You like?
This new one-bedroom listing at 96 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn is looking good. The prewar bones — lots of windows, 12-foot ceilings and generously proportioned rooms — got a very handsome updating recently, including a new kitchen, bathroom and ceiling. Really gorgeous. Asking price is $750,000 and the monthly maintenance is $1,156.
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).