162 bergen street boerum hill 112014

The original details are a little too rococo for our tastes, and we don’t think the lovely and somewhat Japanese feeling kitchen works in this context, but we’re sure someone will go for this grand Italianate in move-in condition.

The 22-foot-wide house is set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden rental. It was gut renovated in 2009, according to the listing, and has all new mechanicals, a finished basement, original wide plank floors, radiant heat in the bathrooms, and zoned central air. Most unusually, it has an elevator.

It was a House of the Day in 2008 and sold for $2,400,000. Now the ask is $4,650,000. Do you think they will get it?

162 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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This landmarked house at 210 St. James Place in Clinton Hill is one of the nicest and best preserved we have seen in a while. The wood work and mantels are really over the top, and look to be in top-notch condition. Architect Benjamin Wright designed it in the Romanesque Revival style for Charles Pratt’s Morris Building Company in 1890 and it belonged to Pratt Institute, according to the designation report.

Although technically a two-family according to PropertyShark, it’s set up as a one-family in the original configuration. Considering it’s narrow at 16.83 feet and has a center hall stair, we think this is the best use of the property.

It looks like just about every original detail is present, but the kitchen and baths could probably use updating (or restoration). There is a butler’s pantry, a second staircase leading to it, and the original passthrough with the marble sinks between the bedrooms. There are also eight working fireplaces with original mantels and gas light fixtures that look as if they could plausibly be original to the house.

The original bathroom in the extension on the third floor could be restored with a claw foot tub — as opposed to just the shower it has now — and plumbing from the passthroughs could easily be extended to turn the storage room in the center of the top floor into a second full bathroom. (There is also a shower in a pantry on the first floor, as well as a toilet off the mudroom.) You can check out a photo of the bathroom on BK to the Fullest, which wrote about the house before it was listed. The roof, hot water heater and heating system (forced air, gas) are new, according to the post.

An open house is set for Sunday from 2 to 3:30 pm. Considering the abundance of details but also that it may need some work (about $200,000, we’d estimate), what do you think of the ask of $2,600,000?

210 St. James Place [MNS] GMAP

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We featured this Neo-Grec brownstone at 192 Park Place as an Open House Pick last week, but we think it merits a closer look. The owner, an LLC, picked it up last year for $630,000. It’s got everything, including new inlaid floors, vintage light fixtures, restored mahogany woodwork and plaster moldings, three mantels (including one wood burning fireplace), all new mechanicals, zoned central AC, radiant floor heat in the bathrooms, a security system, a new facade and a new roof.

Set up as a triplex over a garden rental, it’s one of the better flips we’ve seen. Still, we would have handled a few things differently: The kitchen and back wall configuration is awkward and the floors look too modern, for example.

Did anyone see it in person? What do you think of it and the ask of $3,475,000?

192 Park Place [Corcoran] GMAP

411 kent avenue williamsburg 112014

This old firehouse at 411 Kent overlooking the water in south Williamsburg is being marketed as a development site. The mixed-use property sits on an approximately 23 by 102 foot lot and has 11,419 of buildable square feet, according to the listing.

Inside there doesn’t seem to be much worth preserving — it seems to have been in use as an office, wood shop, artists studio and possibly even a bar or restaurant — although the exterior is historic. Think they’ll get their ask of $6,375,000?

411 Kent Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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The Park Slope mansion at 17 Prospect Park West that Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany once called home is back on the market, as Curbed was the first to note. In short, it’s a Renaissance Revival townhouse, designed by noted architect Montrose Morris, on steroids and multiplied.

The house is about 23 feet wide; one of the parlor fireplace is faced in onyx; the dining room has a coffered ceiling, panelling, and over-the-top built-ins; the range is La Cornue; and the pass-through-sink area (slash dressing room) is palatial — just for starters.

The home last sold for $8,450,000, but has been extensively renovated since. Considering that anything over $10,000,000 can sometimes be a hard sell in Brooklyn, do you think someone will snap this up for the new ask of $14,000,000?

17 Prospect Park West [Elliman] GMAP
17 Prospect Park West Coverage [Brownstoner]

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This late Victorian neo-Classical house at 485 East 17th Street has a wraparound porch that is half enclosed with multi-paned windows. There are also neo-Classical columns, original wood work, inlaid floors and other original features. The updated kitchen has not been recently renovated, but appears to be in excellent condition. The bathroom shown, one of three, has many original features, including built-in cabinets. The sprawling house has six bedrooms as well as a family room in the basement with a pool table. The ask is $2,199,000.

485 East 17th Street [Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate] GMAP

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This classic Bed Stuy Renaissance Revival brownstone has nice original detail and appears to be in very good condition, with an updated kitchen and bathroom. It’s set up as as a rental over an owner’s duplex. One possible drawback is that the en-suite bathroom on the parlor floor makes it awkward to use the duplex as more than a one-bedroom. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,400,000?

558 Jefferson Avenue [Halstead] GMAP

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This 21-foot wide Neo Grec brownstone on a park block is about as splendid as they come, even though it’s currently set up as a four family.

Only the parlor floor is pictured and it’s certainly lovely, with beautiful wood work, grand proportions and extraordinary 1880s wood and tile fireplaces.

It’s part of the owner’s duplex, which has living, dining, kitchen and a small deck on the parlor floor and three bedrooms on the garden floor. The top two floors house three rentals. The house will be delivered vacant, according to the listing. (Parts of the building could still be rent regulated; it was reduced from an eight to a five family.)

What do you think of it and the ask of $3,600,000?

929 President Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

Update: The building is not rent regulated because it was converted to a co-op in the ’80s, a spokesperson for Brown Harris Stevens let us know. Also, a certificate of occupancy for a five family is in the works.

697 jefferson avenue bedford stuyvesant 112014

The outside of this fully detached Romanesque Revival-slash-High Gothic brownstone on an extra wide lot is spectacular. Inside, it’s been split up into four units with a painfully ugly renovation that “opened up” the space and replaced baseboards, crown moldings, floors and plaster walls.

Admittedly, the renovation did preserve a great deal of the original wood work and features, including the staircase, doors, window and door surrounds, mantels, wainscot and an adorable niche, but except for the restored exterior, it all looks wrong. Clearly, the flippers were making an effort — and we don’t know exactly what detail remained when they acquired it in May for $1,050,000 — but it’s sad to see what was clearly at one point one of the finest Victorian piles in Bed Stuy gutted.

Do you think it makes sense as an investment property with an ask of $1,849,000?

697 Jefferson Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

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We get pretty excited whenever one of these adorable but tiny Warren Mews cottages comes up for sale, since it doesn’t happen often. Unfortunately, this one has lost its original staircase, floors and baseboards, but the floor plan is well designed.

Space is always a challenge in these workingmen’s cottages, built in 1878 by visionary philanthropist Alfred Tredway White, because they have only two small rooms on each floor. This house has rather cleverly turned the bottom and top floors into bedroom floors, each with one bedroom and one bathroom. (The open top floor is currently being used as a sewing studio.) The rear room of the garden floor functions as a mudroom-slash-laundry room, and the kitchen is on the parlor floor.

We could do without the exposed brick and beams, which belong in a loft, but those can be fixed. There’s an open house Sunday, November 9, from 1 to 3 pm.

The ask is $1,400,000. Do you think they’ll get it?

8 Warren Place [Corcoran] GMAP

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This brownstone at 232 Decatur Street isn’t quite as big and fancy as 242 Decatur Street, part of the same row of Magnus Dahlander-designed houses, but it’s still one of the most lavish houses in Stuy Heights. Although now a four-family, it doesn’t seem to have been drastically altered. It still has its ornate entry with original hat hooks, screens, stained glass, bay windows, a window seat, built-in closets, and oodles of elaborate wood work, original mantels and much the same floor plan.

What do you think of it and the asking price of $1,995,000?

232 Decatur Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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Amazeballs and awesomesauce, as the Yelpers say. We’re not sure how we missed this listing for the most prominent house in Prospect Park South, 1440 Albemarle Road, when it went up in July, but we’ve noticed now and the price just dropped 13 percent.

Some of the decor is a tad frou frou but it’s not permanent and doesn’t obscure the incredible bones of the house, including a huge bank of windows in a curved bay, a spiral stair with an oriel skylight, and fancy mantels and wood work galore. Delightfully, there are original kitchen built-ins and at least one original bathroom with a claw foot tub and leaded glass window.

Built in 1905, it was designed by architects Robert Bryson and Carroll Pratt in the Colonial Revival style (plus a grab bag of others). Do you think $2,450,000 (down from $2,800,000) is a good deal for this “massive Victorian steamboat of a house,” as our own Montrose Morris put it?

1440 Albemarle Road [Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate] GMAP
Building of the Day: 1440 Albemarle Road [Brownstoner]