109 clifton place bed stuy 92014

We are simply amazed by the transformation of this diminutive house, which has a sad back story. The new wood window surrounds, the bathroom and the kitchen are especially impressive. The slate fireplace has been stripped and works. A thorough facade renovation included new black iron windows, a new door, and paint removal.

The current owner bought the property unrenovated in 2012 for $920,000 from a flipper after the city took it from an elderly woman for nonpayment of only $10,092 in taxes, according to property records and a reader who saw the house when it was last for sale.

“It wasn’t a total wreck but it needed a lot of work,” she told us. “It had some original detail remaining.” The one-family house has three bedrooms, one full bath and two half baths. It is only 1,400 square feet, according to PropertyShark.

What do you think of the renovation and the new ask of 1,998,000?

109 Clifton Place [Corcoran] GMAP

475 bay ridge parkway bay ridge 92014

On the face of it, $779,000 is a nice price for a one-family townhouse in move-in condition in Bay Ridge. Plus, 475 Bay Ridge Parkway is also cute, and there’s parking. Problem is, the house is tiny. It’s only two rooms deep and the ground floor has been given over to the garage. Though one could park in the front yard and use the garage for storage, as the listing suggests. The listing looks really good online, but we’re wondering if there is enough house here to justify the ask?

475 Bay Ridge Parkway [Halstead] GMAP

328 greene avenue bed stuy 92014

The interior of this two-family brownstone at 328 Greene Avenue in Bed Stuy has been completely redone in a modern-organic style with rustic touches such as exposed brick. But as far as we’re concerned, the most interesting thing about it is the price.

They’re asking $2,650,000, which is $400,000 more than the current record holder, 22 Arlington. An 1886 Amzi Hill house dripping with detail and newly renovated, that house sold for $2,250,000 in June.

Admittedly, it was narrow at less than 16 feet wide, but this one is only a couple inches wider. It traded for $850,000 last year. Think it will break the record?

328 Greene Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

164 south portland avenue fort greene 92014

There are many things to love about this adorable Italianate wood frame at 164 South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, but the floor plan isn’t one of them. If money is no object, we’d rip out the top-floor kitchen and use the house as a one-family. If a rental is necessary, it really should be on the ground floor, since this is a center-staircase house.

We’d also put a nice big stove into that beautiful fireplace in the original kitchen. What do you think of the house and the ask of $2,055,000?

164 South Portland Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

368 grand avenue clinton hill 92014

A renovation in the last year gave this house a more consistent look and opened up the parlor floor. Now it has original details combined with exposed brick, white marble bathrooms and new plumbing (according to a permit). It’s set up as a triplex over a garden rental.

The house also has a lot going for it on the outside. It’s one of three in a gorgeous row with a striking cartouche detail. (Or are those mini turrets or torches?) Magnus Dahlander and Axel Hedman were known for their use of cartouches, although we have no idea who designed this.

A House of the Day in 2012, it sold above ask in late 2013 for $1,360,000. Now the price is $2,100,000. Think they’ll get it?

368 Grand Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
House of the Day: 368 Grand Avenue [Brownstoner]

245 westminster road ditmas park 92014

Up for sale in the Beverly Square West section of Victorian Flatbush is this freestanding turn of the century Dutch Colonial-style house. It looks to us like the interiors could use a little polishing up, although the listing says it’s has been “wonderfully maintained.” In addition to five bedrooms and three baths, it also has a big back yard and a garage. There is also a terrace and tons of closets. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,200,000?

245 Westminster Road [Halstead] GMAP

464 marion street bed stuy 92014

This two-family for sale at 464 Marion Street is a perfect example of what we wish more flippers would do. Instead of ripping out all the detail and making it look like a new condo, these sellers have simply refinished what is there and updated the kitchens and baths as well as some of the mechanicals.

Going by the photos, it’s in great condition with plenty of original details such as wedding cake plaster, moldings, stained glass and mantels. We especially like what they’ve done with the bathrooms, since we know from personal experience these tiny rooms work best when left mostly as is. They’ve left the old claw foot tubs but added new sinks, toilets, and tile going up to the original window.

The price of $1,150,000 is unheard of for the area (perhaps they’ll use comps from east Bed Stuy). Indeed, the house traded for $325,000 last year. (Another agent also has it listed for $995,000.) But we wouldn’t be surprised if they get it, since this is just what buyers say they are always looking for. If they do, it will surely set a record for Ocean Hill.

464 Marion Street [Keller Williams] GMAP


We rarely feature houses without interior photos, but this is a special case. The house is too crowded to photograph, the agent told us.

The house is not, unfortunately, dripping with period details inside, but does have some things left such as pocket doors and some door surrounds. It could be restored with salvaged materials, he said. According to the listing, the house needs the usual overhaul, including kitchens, baths, roof and boiler. Sadly, it has a lis pendens.

The house next door, No. 289, renovated and with details, closed for $1,500,000 in July. (It was the subject of our “Let’s Play Flipper” series and a House of the Day.) This one is priced at $1,125,000. Think that sounds about right?

291 Lincoln Road [Coldwell Banker] GMAP
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

438 45th street sunset park 92014

It’s not often we see a Sunset Park house with details in move-in condition, so we got excited when we saw this listing for a brownstone at 438 45th Street. There are fireplaces, built-in cupboards, moldings, pocket doors and other original details.

The bad news is that it’s set up as three floor-through apartments so there’s no owner’s duplex. However, there is an extension in the rear of the garden floor and a clean-looking cellar, so the ground-floor unit is more spacious than the average railroad apartment. The house would also be easy enough to convert back to a two-family, which is what we suspect this originally was, going by the floor plan.

A door on the parlor floor unit might be advisable as well, for privacy. What do you think of it and the price of $1,160,000?

438 45th Street [Elliman] GMAP

61 midwood street prospect lefferts gardens 92014

We’re in the thick of the prime fall real estate selling season, so today we’ve got another spectacular beauty, 61 Midwood Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. This late Victorian has an unusual (and very attractive) facade whose geometry seems to anticipate Edwardian styles to come.

Inside is a classic Midwood Street interior with tons of unpainted wood work, leaded glass, wood fireplaces, the original passthrough sinks, original paneling and built-ins in the dining room, two butler’s pantries (with a working dumbwaiter), the original ice box, and a nearly original floor plan. The kitchen has been very nicely updated, with a commercial style stove inside the gray brick fireplace.

What do you think of it and the asking price of $2,195,000?

61 Midwood Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

828 union street park slope 92014

All this house needs is some fresh decor and it will be a stunner. The house seems to have everything, including the original passthroughs and a wood burning stove in the kitchen, not to mention the original butler’s pantry and elaborate late-Victorian wood moldings.

The six original mantels include a wooden one with Minton-style Shakespearean themed tile in the parlor and a faux painted slate one in one of the top floor bedrooms. The house appears to be in move-in condition, with updated bathrooms and kitchen.

It’s set up as a one-family, and is zoned for P.S. 321, according to the listing. Do you think they will get their ask of $3,710,000?

828 Union Street [Elliman] GMAP

16 willow place brooklyn heights 92014

Built around 1850 or so, according to the listing, 16 Willow Place appears to be a Greek Revival brick row house with an interesting minimalist renovation from the ’80s. The single-family house has original wide plank floors and a black marble mantel, as well as some exposed beams and bricks. While some of the rooms are traditional, the parlor, kitchen and bath have been remade into sleek contemporary spaces and the staircase has been moved so it is perpendicular to the side walls. Normally we’re not enthusiastic about modern “interventions,” but we like this one. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,800,000?

16 Willow Place [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP