As longtime readers may recall, when Brownstoner launched back in late 2004 it was in part to document the renovation of the single room occupancy house we had recently purchased. For much of 2005, we logged two or three entries a week about the ups and downs of the process as we converted the five-story brownstone into a two-family house on a fairly slim budget of about $70 a foot.
Fast forward to 2013 and we’ve begun a second–and hopefully final–renovation…
It’s a good time of year for this two-bedroom co-op to be hitting the market. The interior of the floor-through pad is perfectly respectable but the real justification for the $925,000 asking price is the private roof deck with 360-degree views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The 900-square-foot apartment has a monthly maintenance of $1,280, which seems a smidge on the high side to us for a walk-up but not crazy.
312 Hicks Street, #3 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
Ever wondered how Court Square in Queens got its name? Now you know.
Whoever renovated and/or staged this condo at 59 Green Street in Greenpoint did a masterful job transforming what must have started as a pretty basic setup into a duplex that looks like a million bucks in listing form. And it better look like at least a million bucks because the asking price on the 2,000-square-foot pad is $1,350,000. Not bad on a per square foot basis if you consider the lower level where the rec room is to be premium space.
59 Green Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
After months of planning, everything (the sun, the vendors, Questlove) came together for a great launch of Brooklyn Flea Philly at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. The market will run every Sunday for the rest of the year. More details here.
Here are a few of the recent discussions on The Forum.
This 8th-floor condo at 133 Water Street may be only a one-bedroom asking $1,095,000, but at least it’s the biggest one-bedroom in the building! Still, at 912 square feet, the asking price comes out to $1,200 a foot. This place seems perfectly nice but at those price levels in Dumbo, we’d want to be in one of the converted loft buildings. Then again, what do we know: According to StreetEasy, an 851-square-foot one-bedroom that had been asking $1,020,000 recently went into contract.
133 Water Street, #8E [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
Photo and rendering over on Brownstoner Queens this morning…
This two-bedroom at 125 Prospect Park West has the two features we prize the most in prewar apartments: A bank of windows along the long wall of the adjoining dining room and living room, and a separate kitchen with two doors. Actually, they’ve done us one better: It’s got windows on three sides. It’s also on a high floor, and right next to the park. Do you think buyers will balk at paying $1,049,000 for only one bathroom, or will this fly off the shelf?
125 Prospect Park West, #4B [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Most of the apartments we’ve seen that have been carved up out of old churches haven’t worked very well spatially but this stunner at 99 Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights is an exception. The living room of the 2,125-square-foot pad has triple-height ceilings and there are three large bedrooms too. The design seems a little off to us — an odd mix of traditional and modern — but other than that it’s a lot of space in a prime location. Asking price: $2,100,000.
99 Clinton Street, #6 [Town Residential] GMAP P*Shark
Buy this place in Maspeth. It’s perfect. Mobster cred included.
This three-bedroom condo at 231 15th Street in the South Slope recently hit the market with an asking price of $1,200,000. The 1,444-square-foot pad in a converted prewar building has three exposures and a small balcony, so even though it’s on the second floor the apartment appears to have nice light; the open plan doesn’t hurt either. The finishes look fine to us but nothing special. What do you make of it?
231 15th Street, #2C [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Or, more accurately, it is reportedly in contract. Details on Brownstoner Queens…
Queens has a lot of great things going for it. This architectural specimen isn’t one of them.
This loft at 105 Lexington Avenue in Bed Stuy strikes us as a pretty good deal at a time when those are few and far between. The open-plan apartment has over 1,100 square feet with high ceilings and nice aged wood floors. And with Classon and Franklin Avenues getting more amenities by the day, the location seems like a good long-term play too. The asking price is $699,000.
105 Lexington Avenue, #2F [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
“For every developer who has seen an investment turn into a real estate bonanza, there’s a family in a neighborhood like Sunnyside trying desperately to keep up with a rising property tax bill. For every strip of stores that celebrated the opening of a more convenient Starbucks, there’s a hardworking middle class family struggling to put their kids through college on the profits earned by a family-run business,” writes Anthony Weiner in his “Keys to the City” [PDF], a policy document that was released a few weeks before Wednesday’s announcement of his mayoral candidacy.
The term “middle class” is prevalent throughout, as it was in the 2012 presidential campaign. But campaign-speak aside, Weiner does articulate a number of specific changes through a list of 64 reforms. For transit, he supports the expansion of ferry service to serve Rockaway, Sheepshead Bay, Riverdale and Harlem. He wats cell phone service on every subway platform – probably a daunting cost for the cash-strapped MTA. He wants city tax breaks for employees who bike to work.
Weiner’s real estate proposals would likely be contentious. He wants…