Cate Corcoran

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Cate Corcoran

Cate Corcoran has written for the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Salon and San Francisco. She is renovating a wood frame house in Brooklyn and is obsessed with real estate, renovation and places that time forgot.

02/12/16 1:40pm

Brooklyn Open House 55 80th Street Bay Ridge

What could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day weekend than touring open houses? You might just fall in love — with a property.

The weather outside promises to be frigid, but inside these nicely renovated spaces should warm you up. Notably, two of the houses feature grand pianos. (more…)

02/11/16 9:25am


L train shutdown be damned. One of the most ambitious — and attractive — Brooklyn office developments to come along in decades is betting on reshaping the geography of the city — and where the worker of the future lives, works, and plays — by giving startups a place to flourish in Williamsburg.

But first, the block-long development at 25 Kent Avenue has to go through the lengthy public approval process known as ULURP. (more…)

02/09/16 10:00am

Home Inspection Tips Deal Breakers

A family was five minutes into an inspection of their Crown Heights dream house when it abruptly came to an end. The inspector had discovered a gas leak in the cellar — actually a crawl space — and ordered everyone out of the house.

Deal breaker? You might be surprised.


01/28/16 2:08pm

Renovator’s Toolbox explores the materials, techniques and trends you need to know.


A Park Slope bathroom by Elizabeth Roberts Design and MADE Architecture. Photo by Ensemble Architecture

A pop of color, a play of pattern. Ever notice the exotic-looking colorful tile in old brownstone entries and wonder what it is?

It’s called encaustic tile, and it’s been around since medieval times when builders used it for church floors. Today, designers are reviving it for creative kitchens and baths. (more…)

01/27/16 10:00am

A gut renovation opened up this now loft-like Williamsburg home. Photo by Ensemble Architecture

Renovating a house can be one of those bank-account-draining experiences that make a designer shoe habit or dining in three-star restaurants look cheap in comparison.

But how much does it cost — or should it cost — to renovate a home? Some believe a top-shelf Brooklyn townhouse renovation costs at least $1 million. But there’s also a vocal subset who hold fast to the idea that almost any house can be renovated for $200,000 — or less.

Who’s right? Read on to find out. (more…)

01/22/16 11:04am

Photo by Emily Gilbert for Arlington Place Bed and Breakfast

Along with the Nets, fixies, Patrick Stewart, and hydroponic kale, Brooklyn has fireplaces. Amazing fireplaces. The kind of mantels that could inspire a move — if you don’t live here already. Here are 15 we can’t stop dreaming about. (more…)

Bed Stuy Brooklyn Apartment for Rent -- 410 Jefferson Ave

Fancy an owner’s duplex in a brownstone for just one — or a couple? This enormous one-bedroom at 410 Jefferson Avenue in Bed Stuy might be just the ticket.

It’s got a well-stocked kitchen, a nicely landscaped backyard, two mantels and plenty of original wood work. The parlor floor has been opened up into one big space. (more…)