273 Warren Street1

This brick townhouse at 273 Warren Street in Cobble Hill is only 13.25 feet wide, but it’s opened up inside, and the rooms don’t look unusually narrow in the photos. It also benefits from having some nice historic details and an attractive renovation.

There’s a wood burning fireplace and built-ins, pretty patterned tile in the galley kitchen in an extension, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It’s set up as a triplex over a garden floor rental, currently used as a playroom, according to the listing. (more…)

234 St. Johns Place

This Neo-Grec brownstone at 234 St. Johns Place in Park Slope is surprisingly similar to yesterday’s House of the Day, another Neo-Grec brownstone. It too has lavish original details and renovated kitchens and baths, although they are not as recent.

But this one has many more original and rare Neo-Grec details. The stunning burl-wood doors and several unusual mantels are rare and notable. The carved white marble fireplace is quite amazing and unlike any other we have seen before. (more…)

126 Hancock Street1

If this luxurious Neo-Grec brownstone at 126 Hancock Street sells for ask or above, it will set a new record for the neighborhood. A renovation took two years, according to the listing, and in addition to lots of original details, the house also has new floors, mechanicals, central air, and a kitchen with gold-veined marble counters.

The original details include tons of wood work, mantels, and a pier mirror. There is also a landscaped garden and two decks. It’s set up as a triplex over a two-bedroom garden-floor rental.

By the way, it’s not the most expensive brownstone currently on the market in Bed Stuy. That distinction goes to 247 Hancock Street, asking $6,000,000.

The ask is $3,195,000. Do you think they’ll get it?

126 Hancock Street [Corcoran] GMAP  (more…)

201 Hancock Street1

This large and beautiful whole-brownstone rental has original details for days, not to mention a top-of-the-line parlor-floor kitchen and luxurious en suite baths. Original details include plaster ceiling medallions, several fireplaces, original wood work, wood paneling, moldings, doors and parquet floors with intricate details.

The four-story brownstone is large, with five bedrooms and and 4.5 baths. And, according to the listing, it is over 4,000 square feet.

It’s set up as a one-family, although the garden floor has a kitchenette, according to the listing. The house is near the corner of Nostrand, so it’s close to the A/C train and plenty of new restaurants and other businesses in the area.

Australia-based real estate investment firm Dixon owns and renovated the property.

The price is $13,995 a month. Do you think it will fly?

201 Hancock Street [Dixon Leasing] GMAP



We can’t make heads or tails of the floor plan of this grand circa-1900 mansion, which was divided into eight “Class A” units in 1948, according to the listing, but has no certificate of occupancy. Designed by architect Thomas Bennett, the house includes what must be the fanciest dining room we’ve ever seen, complete with original painted landscape scenes, coffered ceiling, paneling, a huge and elaborate fireplace and stained glass.

Not every detail is intact: Some of the floors have been replaced with tile, for example. It’s one block from Prospect Park and also has an elevator.

It’s 20 by 82 feet, for a total of 6,136 square feet, according to PropertyShark. The listing claims it would be easy to convert back into a single family.

What do you think of it and the ask of $11,800,000?

106 8th Avenue [Stribling] GMAP (more…)


A lot of townhouses in Boerum Hill seem to be on the market lately, and here’s another. It has some very pretty details in the parlor, although we’re underwhelmed by the kitchen and the bedrooms. Still, it all looks to be in very good condition and very liveable. The yard is also nicely landscaped.

It’s set up as a rental apartment over an owner’s duplex. The windows are new.

It’s a little less expensive than some of the Boerum Hill listings we’ve been seeing lately. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,795,000?

213 1/2 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP (more…)

881 Putnam Avenue1

We’re on the fence about this one-family in east Bed Stuy. On the one hand, it has some charming details and a relatively low price for the area. However, on closer inspection, it is small and probably in need of a fair amount of work.

The parlor and bedroom floors look nice but there are no photos of the garden floor, the kitchen or baths and no mention of mechanicals, which leads us to assume the worst.

It measures 18.75 by 40 square feet – a total of 2,250 square feet over three floors. The ask is $1,050,000, which works out to be $466 per square foot. Considering the size, location and condition, do you think it’s worth it? 

881 Putnam Avenue [Halstead] GMAP
Interior photos by Halstead, exterior photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark (more…)

90 Dean Street1

This Italianate in Boerum Hill is a little bigger than most, thanks to an extension on three floors. It has many pretty details with upgraded kitchens and baths, and looks to be in excellent condition, going by the photos.

There are four marble mantels, a triple parlor with elaborate crown molding, new floors, updated mechanicals and central air. It’s set up as a one-family.

It last sold for $2,270,000 in 2006, and looks like it’s been completely overhauled since then. It was an Open House Pick in 2006. Now the ask is $4,500,000. Do you think they’ll get it?

90 Dean Street [Elliman] GMAP
Photos by Elliman (more…)

417 Grand Avenue1

This unusual Clinton Hill house at 417 Grand Avenue is Colonial Revival and dates from 1909. It is part of a group of three designed by John J. Petit of Kirby, Petit & Greene, who is well known for his Japanese, Swiss, Spanish Colonial and other themed houses in Prospect Park South.

The landmarked house is very grand on the inside, with impressive proportions and a combination of Renaissance Revival and Colonial Revival details. It is 25 by 70 feet wide with five stories, according to PropertyShark, which would put the whole thing at 8,750 square feet. In fact, the listing calls the building “The Grandeur,” which seems fitting.

Unfortunately, there are not many photos and no floor plan. Although it’s been a two-family since 1975, it was chopped into 14 units in 1953, according to the certificates of occupancy. There are amazing details in the photos of the rooms shown, but it looks like it probably needs a lot of work.

We see herringbone floors and a near-original kitchen with impressive cabinetry and subway tile walls. There are six fireplaces and six bathrooms, plus plenty of fancy wood work, paneling and columns.

It was a Building of the Day last year and, incidentally, the site of a drug raid that same week, according to our own report at the time. The listing suggests it would work well as rentals or condos.

It last sold in January to an LLC for $2,500,000. Now the asking price is $3,999,000. What do you make of it? Has anyone seen this place in person?

417 Grand Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP
Photos by Corcoran (more…)

126 Saint Marks Avenue1

This brownstone at 126 St. Marks Avenue is 19 feet wide but still plenty big because it’s four stories with an extension. It has plenty of original moldings, mantels, a pier mirror and other period details as well as updated kitchens and baths.

It’s set up as a four-family, but has a few extras. The third floor unit has three bedrooms on the third floor and the fourth floor apartment has a deck in the back.

The mechanicals, roof, windows and facade have all been updated, according to the listing. It last sold in for $1,900,000 in 2011, when it made our Last Week’s Biggest Sales list. It was a House of the Day in 2006.

With an ask of $3,495,000, do you think it’s appealing as an investment property or to live in?

126 Saint Marks Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
Photos by Brown Harris Stevens

181 St. James1

This architecturally significant house at 181 St. James Place in Clinton Hill impresses inside and out with its unique facade and abundance of late 19th century detail inside. Part of a row of three, it was designed in 1892 by architect William Tubby for Charles Pratt’s Morris Building Company.

The LPC designation report calls it a mix of Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne, but we think neo-Jacobean better explains the mix of Flemish gables at the top and bay windows below. It’s only 17 feet wide, but it’s a single family house with a center stair, so the rooms aren’t narrow.

The details are relatively modern in their simplicity, anticipating the American Arts and Crafts style of the early 20th century. They don’t look like standard forms out of the builder’s catalog, and also have Queen Anne and Jacobean elements, such as the upper paneling on the mantel in the front parlor.

The layout looks more or less original, with the kitchen on the ground floor, although the rear parlor is used as a dining room, with a butler’s pantry off it. There are five decorative mantels, original wood work and stained glass.

A bath looks renovated but classic, in a circa-1900 style with white subway tile and a claw foot tub. The mechanicals have been updated but the house needs some maintenance, according to the listing.

It was a Building of the Day in 2007. What do you think of the house and its ask of $2,545,000?

181 St. James Place [Elliman] GMAP
Photos by Douglas Elliman


349 Hancock Street3

This two-family at 349 Hancock Street in Bed Stuy has lovely original details and was renovated and converted from an SRO four years ago by the architect-owner. There are original floors, doors, moldings and and elaborate mantels with tile.

The parlor floor kitchen and soundproof music rehearsal space on the top floor are new. The kitchen has blue Colorfin cabinetry and walnut shelves, according to the architect’s website.

The master bedroom has a niche with scenic wallpaper. (more…)