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This yellow clapboard house at 72 Hicks Street is one of the oldest houses in Brooklyn Heights and has been written about on this site umpteen times. It was built in 1825, according to the listing, and has had many updates over the years.

We see what appear to be three original Federal style mantels as well as later 19th century alterations, including a late Victorian screen and wall coverings in a hallway. The house is 25 feet wide.

Recent updates include a new kitchen and baths with stone counters and tile, a media room, exercise room, office and laundry room. There is also a landscaped garden with flowering trees.

The mechanicals are all new and the house has a combination of central air and mini splits (to preserve the details). It’s set up as a triplex over a garden floor apartment.

The house last sold for $2,900,000 in 2009. The new ask is $10,750,000. Do you think that’s a stretch or about right for this historic home?

72 Hicks Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP
Photos by Brooklyn Bridge Realty



We’re not always big fans of renovations that merge the old and the new, but here we think the architect hit one out of the ballpark. This Romanesque Revival brownstone at 300 Prospect Place retains quite a few original details, including elaborate wood mantels and moldings, among carefully inserted modern features.

The overall vibe is rustic industrial. Perhaps the most unusual feature is the staircase, which has moved to the rear and bypasses the garden-floor rental completely. (more…)


It doesn’t get much grander than this Italianate at 166 Lefferts Place in Bed Stuy. The main attractions here are the elaborately detailed Italianate marble mantels — there are six.

The house also has its original front doors, shutters, inlaid floors, two pier mirrors, and many other original details. Click through for more photos and to see the well-preserved exterior.

It’s set up as two floor-through apartments over an owener’s duplex but the floor plan looks intact and easy to convert to a triplex or one-family. It appears to have been recently updated, with high-end appliances and granite counters in the owner’s kitchen.

An open house is scheduled for this Sunday, the 19th. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,100,000?

166 Lefferts Place Listing [Halstead] GMAP
Photos by Halstead (more…)


This circa-1900 standalone Victorian with a porch is similar to what you’d find in Ditmas but more affordable because it’s in East Flatbush. There are great original details, including mantels, built-ins, the stair, and wood work.

The floor plan is roomy and grand, with three parlors and big openings on the ground floor and five bedrooms upstairs. The kitchen appears to have been last updated in the 1970s, and there are no photos of the two bathrooms.

What do you think of it for $749,000? Click through for more photos and a floor plan.

1617 New York Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
Photos by Brown Harris Stevens (more…)

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This over-the-top Queen Anne brownstone in very good estate condition has been a House of the Day four times already — a record.

A little history: The Crown Heights home sold in 2008 for $999,990, then went into lis pendens. It sold again in September for $800,000, to what appears to be a real estate firm.

The exterior is an eye-catcher, with a turret and rusticated brownstone and red brick facade. The inside features oodles of woodwork, marble mantels, and a center hall stair with a fireplace and built-in seating in a niche. The marble sinks in the passthroughs and bathrooms are still intact, and there are lots of built-ins. The floor plan looks unchanged. (It’s a one-family.)

We imagine it will need the works, inside and out but, based on the photos, it’s in way better condition than most we see. What do you think of it and the new ask of $1,850,000?

1070 Bergen Street [Halstead] GMAP
Photo above by Halstead; photo below by PropertyShark


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This large Neo-Grec brownstone with SRO issues has been on and off the market for years. Now it’s back, and these magic words have appeared in the listing: “this property will be delivered vacant, with approved plans and a Certificate of No Harassment.”

It’s in estate condition and will need a lot of work, but it has good bones and could be very elegant when finished. The exterior in particular is charming, and the rooms are grand with quite a few original details. It was a House of the Day in 2013.

Do you think it’s an attractive proposition, for an ask of $6,250,000?

154 Hicks Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Photos by Douglas Elliman (more…)

140 Midwood Street

This classic Renaissance Revival limestone in the Manor has pretty much every original detail and looks to be in immaculate condition. Yes, it has its original built-in icebox, marble sinks in the passthroughs, and even an original copper sink in the butler’s pantry.

Designed by architect George Lawton and built in 1899, it also has wedding-cake plaster details, stained glass, a triple parlor, pocket doors, pier mirror, three mantels and original oak floors, according to the listing. The kitchen is a little monotone for our tastes but would be easy to update with paint, counters, and paneling for the island.

Asking $2,225,000, it’s priced in line with recent record setters in the area. What do you think of the house and the ask?

140 Midwood Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
Photos via Brown Harris Stevens


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This Windsor Terrace limestone right on the park could benefit from a more serene paint scheme but otherwise appears to be in good, move-in condition, at least going by the photos. There’s also tons of original detail and, unusually, two staircases.

The floor plan takes some studying. The house is set up as an owner’s duplex sandwiched betwen top floor rental and garden floor rental floor throughs. The owner’s duplex has its own center hall staircase not shared by the rentals.

The Beaux-Arts exterior is elaborate and intact, with strong neo-Classical details and an original front door. Do you think the ask of $3,000,000 is about right, given the location and condition?

24 Prospect Park Southwest [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

145 Nelson St.

This Anglo-Italianate red brick and brownstone house in Carroll Gardens may be petite but it is adorable inside and out. The parlor has been gracefully opened up to the hall with a large and well-trimmed rectangular opening, and there is an attractive original staircase, moldings and a marble mantel.

Everything has been updated, and there is a deck and a big backyard. It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a garden floor rental.

It’s about a block and a half from the BQE — close but not uncomfortably so. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,395,000?

145 Nelson Street [Corcoran] GMAP (more…)

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Once the home of the owner of Gage & Tollner, this 25-foot-wide wood frame house at 435 Clinton Avenue has a spectacular interior. An Italianate with later 19th century additions as well as recent updates, it has many beautiful old details and graciously proportioned rooms, as well an attractive vintage-style marble bathroom with claw foot tub.

The exterior, however, is clad in Permastone and would benefit from restoration. (Perhaps another Passive House opportunity!?) Another quirk that might put off some buyers is that the boiler, oil tank and hot water heater are located on the garden floor.

It’s set up as a rental over an owner’s triplex. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,775,000?

435 Clinton Avenue [Halstead] GMAP


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This notable Romansque Revival beauty has a broker and has come down in price since it was listed for sale by owner in September. The anchor end house in a row designed by architect/builders Allan Brothers in 1892, the exterior is particularly striking, with its unusual turret bay with polygonal roof and finial, Mediterranean tile roofing, balcony and elaborate carved details.

It was a Building of the Day in 2010. Inside there are all sorts of original details as well as a renovated kitchen, baths and ipe wood deck. It’s configured as a triplex over a garden-floor rental.

It was previously asking $4,650,000. Now the new ask is $3,995,000. What do you think of it?

513 4th Street [Brooklyn Heights Real Estate] GMAP


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When 194 MacDonough Street was built, it was one of the fanciest row houses in Stuyvesant Heights. Now it looks like it still has most of those original details, at least on the parlor floor, but will take a lot of work to restore.

Much of the parlor floor seems to be covered in paneling, which probably means extensive plaster restoration will be needed, going by the photos. Still, the staircase, wood work, and wood mantels with Minton-style tiles are all extraordinary.

An LLC bought it for $760,000 from an estate in December. Now the new ask is $1,775,000. Think they will get it?

(By the way, the previous owner shared a name with the judge who owned the Slave Theater, but it is not the same man.)

194 MacDonough Street [Elliot Nicks] GMAP