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Passive house condos are all the rage in Brooklyn these days, and last week, we got to tour what is apparently the borough’s first net zero passive house development under construction at 951 Pacific Street in Crown Heights. If a building is rated net zero, that means it is able to produce as much energy as it consumes. Designed by architect Paul Castrucci, the three condos hit the market last month.

The 5,600-square-foot building has triple-glazed Shuco windows, four inches of insulation and is wrapped in an air-sealed, breathable membrane. As is typical in passive houses, each apartment has its own “energy recovery ventilation” system that dehumidifies and pre-cools outside air during the summer and mixes outgoing hot air with outside cool air in the winter, which helps reduce energy costs. A solar array on the roof provides 4 kilowatts of electricity for each unit, and there’s a solar-powered backup outlet in case the electricity goes out. The garden has a 1,200-gallon rainwater harvest system, and the kitchen features an Energy Star Electrolux fridge, induction range and granite countertops.

The three duplexes all have outdoor space. Unit No. 1 is a one-bedroom, 1.5-bath with 1,517 square feet of space and a private garden asking $1,400,000, and Unit No. 2 — the model unit we toured — is a 1,492-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath with two balconies asking $1,490,000. Unit No. 3 is priced at $1,567,000 and features three bedrooms and two baths spread across 1,567 square feet, along with two private roof terraces. It already has an accepted offer, according to the broker.

Construction is expected to finish by the end of the year. Click through for more interior photos and description.

951 Pacific Street [Official]

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The Times has published the first full rendering and pricing for The Boerum condo-hotel headed for 265 State Street. Asks will start at $825,000 and go as high as $4,250,000 for condos ranging in size from a 765-square-foot one-bedroom to a 2,800-square-foot five-bedroom.

Developer and designer Flank aims to fit into the brownstone neighborhood with prewar-style interior floor plans, according to the Times story. We can get behind that. The exterior looks nice too. Making the brick divisions appear to weave over and under each other is a nice touch. What do you think of it?

A New Brooklyn Condo With a Prewar Aesthetic [NYT]
Boerum House and Home Shuts as Condo-Hotel Preps to Launch Sales [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Flank

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This $2,400,000 duplex at 53 Lincoln Place in Park Slope is pretty slick. The 2,217-square-foot pad takes up the ground floor and basement of the 2009 vintage building. It’s all very modern but in an unrisky way that should have broad appeal. We can’t recall ever seeing such an intricately dug out back yard. It’s a little too institutional feeling for our taste but it looks pretty pro. Fair price?

53 Lincoln Place, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

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After listings went up for 345 Carroll Street in Gowanus in September, the still-under-construction luxury building is already 40 percent sold out, according to Curbed. Asking prices for the 32 units at the old Regency Carts site start at $1,645,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath and go up as high as $2,950,000 for a four-bedroom, three-bath, as reported.

We’re not sure if the building is in the flood zone, but it’s extremely luxurious, with seven penthouses, six garden duplexes, a wildflower meadow, bocce courts, vegetable plots, a dog washing station, and rooftop cabanas for purchase. The developer is Sterling Equities and the architect is Gluck+.

345 Carroll Street 40 Percent Sold Out [Curbed]
Regency Carts Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Gluck+

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Crown Heights’ oldest home, a mid-19th century wood frame at 1375 Dean Street known as the Susan B. Elkins House, has a new owner, who plans to fix it up and convert it to condos. Community Board 8′s Land Use Committee last night approved Amber Mazor of Perfect Renovation‘s plan to build five two- and three-bedroom condo units inside the house. He plans to fully restore the exterior of the landmarked building to its 1939 tax photo condition, including the balcony, windows and doors, and replace much of the crumbling wood structure with non-combustible material.

The project’s architect, Richard Goodstein of Crown Heights-based NC2 Architecture, explained that the house will get a three-story addition on the back that isn’t visible from the street. The addition will have a glass rear wall and a stucco finish on the sides that matches the existing walls and masonry. Each unit will have a large terrace in the back and open plan kitchen, living and dining rooms. A rear quadrant of the roof will also be removed for a roof terrace.

The home, which is almost a cube, has a hidden half story and a pyramid-shaped roof that is not visible from the street. (The house measures 40 feet wide by 35 feet deep by 33 feet high, according to public records.) “We wanted to design the extension to be purely geometric but in deference to the original building,” said Goodstein. “Undoubtedly, it’s a departure in style. But as architects and designers, we felt that this was more correct.”

The LPC will consider the proposal in a month or two.

Mazor also owns 1372 Dean across the street, which he’s converting to four condos. Work will begin soon on the project, which recently got its alteration permits and received Landmarks’ stamp of approval earlier this year. Mazor bought the property for $1,320,000 in 2013. 

A contract (not a deed) for the sale of the Elkins house to Mazor for was recorded in April. No price is recorded.

The Elkins house has been deteriorating since the early 1980s, and it has been vandalized. The previous owner, Real Properties, paid $194,000 for it in 2011 and promised to restore the exterior and convert it to apartments. That never happened. Instead, the firm gutted what was left of the interior and was sanctioned by Community Board 8 for “demo by neglect” when gaping holes appeared in the roof. Then the firm put it on the market for $1,100,000.

It’s “essentially a ruin right now,” said Goodstein.

Oldest House in Crown Heights North Now More Ruined and Expensive Than Ever [Brownstoner]
1375 Dean Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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The big selling point for this penthouse apartment at 228 Bushwick Avenue in East Williamsburg is the huge private roof deck. The way it spans the entire length of the apartment, with entrances from both the living room and the bedroom, is great. The rest of the one-bedroom unit is nicely proportioned and modern in style. As far as we can tell, the total indoor space comes to about 600 square feet. With an asking price of $844,000, that’s putting a high value on the deck!

228 Bushwick Avenue, #7A [Bond] GMAP

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After fewer than four months in business, retail mogul Andy Spade’s home goods store Boerum House and Home at 312 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has shut its doors. Meanwhile, nearby at 265 State Street, a combo hotel-condo, known as The Boerum, is getting ready to launch sales in mid-November, a spokesperson for the development told us. The space that housed Boerum House and Home will become the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group sales gallery for the condos.

Boerum House and Home was founded by Partners & Spade, a partnership of Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti, in partnership with architecture and development firm Flank, which designed the store. The store debuted in late June or early July, as we reported at the time. In an email to us, a spokesman for The Boerum called it “the acclaimed housewares and furnishings store designed and curated by Flank and Partners & Spade” and noted that Partners & Spade is a creative agency whose clients include Warby Parker, Shinola and J.Crew. Flank is also the developer and the designer of The Boerum, its first and biggest project in Brooklyn.

The Boerum, which apparently will take up all of one side of Smith Street between State and Schermerhorn, has put up a teaser site. The site also goes by the addresses 71 Smith Street and 140 Schermerhorn, and The Carlyle Group is also involved, according to Crain’s. The hotel will occupy the first six stories, and floors seven through 19 will hold 128 one- to five-bedroom apartments, including four penthouses, with a focus on larger units catering to families, the PR rep said. The red brick and cast stone building will offer family-friendly amenities such as art classes for kids staffed by teachers from the Children’s Museum of the Arts in the Village, according to The Wall Street Journal. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Corcoran may not even have to change the sign at 312 Atlantic Avenue, which just says “Boerum.”

The Boerum [Official] GMAP
Andy Spade Debuts Home Store on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill This Month [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Flank

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When 111 Steuben was unveiled way back in the previous market cycle, critics said it looked too much like an office building. But in an area where developers were slapping up the ugliest buildings imaginable, we thought the clean, modern look deserved praise. Which brings us to today’s condo, a two-bedroom unit on the fifth floor. The living/dining area has a Richard Meier-like openness to the rest of the world, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, and the master suite is generously proportioned. The asking price for the 1,196-square-foot pad? $869,000.

111 Steuben Street, #5C [Corcoran] GMAP

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Actress Anne Hathaway has sold her ninth-floor condo in Dumbo’s Clocktower building for $4,330,000. The buyer is a film producer who already lived in the building and just sold a smaller apartment on a lower floor for $1,900,000 to an LLC two weeks earlier, The New York Post reported. (She still owns another apartment in the building, No. 12A.)

The most recent asking price for Hathaway’s unit, 9B, at 1 Main Street was $4,250,000; at one time the condo was asking $4,500,000. Hathaway purchased the apartment through an LLC in 2013 for $4,100,000, city records show.

Anne Hathaway Sells Clocktower Apartment for $4.33 Million [NY Post]

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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?

365 Bridge Street, #23A [Corcoran] GMAP

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Incredibly, more than 50 percent of the apartments at ultra-luxury Red Hook condo building 160 Imlay are in contract less than a month after sales launched. Construction on the conversion of the warehouse started in June, and is expected to wrap in 2016. On the first of this month, listings went up for 10 units, and now there are 49 units listed on StreetEasy, all of which are in contract. The building has 70 units altogether but no available units are listed online. BuzzBuzzHome was the first to report on the sales.

Prices range from $862,875 for an 885-square-foot one-bedroom to $5,397,840 for an 3,831 square foot one-bedroom. (There are also studios, two-bedrooms and three-bedroom units.) Est4te Four is the developer and Aldo Andreoli of AA Studio is the designer. The interiors preserve some of the industrial details of the warehouse, which was one of the first cast-in-place concrete buildings, such as concrete beams and high ceilings. The units feature extra-large triple-paned windows to take advantage of the views. There are wide plank oak floors, white matte lacquer Italian kitchens, and appliances by Miele. Douglas Elliman is handling the sales. The building is in the flood zone.

Any theories as to why these are going so fast?

160 Imlay Website [160 Imlay]  GMAP
New York Dock Building Conversion 160 Imlay Is Selling Fast [BBH]
Listings Go up for Red Hook Conversion [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Douglas Elliman