04/17/14 1:30pm

Huge and on a corner, this gem of a Greek Revival house at 15 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights was built in 1834. The proportions are impressive: It’s 25.5 feet wide with five stories and 39 windows.

It has beautiful marble and wood Greek Revival fireplaces, dentil crown molding as well as the other moldings one would expect, tall windows on the parlor floor, and pier and mantel mirrors. There are also views of the harbor and bridge. A kitchen and bath don’t appear to have been updated too recently, but they look pleasant and usable as they are.

What we can’t figure out is the floor plan: Set up as a duplex over a triplex, quite a lot of what should be spacious rooms on the parlor and bedroom floors seems to be given over to a confusing maze of halls and stairs.

Perhaps a buyer could restore the original floor plan by creating a fourplex over a garden floor rental or a single family home. The house seems to have originally had a very grand center staircase. We hope it hasn’t been ruined.

The ask is $4,250,000. What do you think of it?

15 Willow Street [Brennan Realty] GMAP

04/16/14 1:30pm

Although obviously in need of work to turn it into living space, this has got to be one of the coolest properties for sale we’ve ever seen. There’s tons of curb appeal (or will be, pending a fresh paint job), beamed ceilings, arched windows and doors, diagonal floors and three skylights in this seemingly untouched Fort Greene carriage house.

It’s commercial property with no residential certificate of occupancy, and it may have been vacant for many years. There was a vacate order in 1986, and it appears to have been owned by the City for more than two decades. The title passed to a bank in 2010; we wouldn’t be surprised to find there was a sale so recent it hasn’t yet hit public records.

The price was recently reduced from $1,900,000 to $1,700,000. (That’s about $809 a square foot.) We think it would make a great restaurant — or a home. What would you do with this place if it were yours?

10 St. Felix Street [Corcoran] GMAP

04/15/14 1:30pm

This flip in the farthermost reaches of Bushwick has somewhat better than average finishes, including white subway tile, flat (not routed) white kitchen cupboards and vintage style lighting. The plumbing is all new, as are the floors, kitchens and baths. The owner left the mantels and exposed the brick.

There is also a deck and parking in the front yard. It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a two-bedroom garden floor rental. But what really caught our eye about the listing is the price. It last traded to Boaz Gilad of Brookland Capital in November for $395,000. Now the ask is $1,195,000.

We could see this going to an investor, perhaps. But we’d be surprised if they get anywhere near ask. (To put it in perspective, a somewhat similar house nearby at 770 Macdonough Street sold for $692,000 in April 2013.) What do you think?

25 Moffat Street [Corcoran] GMAP

04/14/14 1:30pm

This beautifully restored Windsor Terrace house is close in price to some recent Bed Stuy and Crown Heights listings that are in need of a top-to-bottom renovation.

“All plumbing, heating, electrical, insulation, and walls have been replaced within the past seven years,” says the listing, and yet it has many beautiful details, including original floors, a restored staircase, and a vintage style kitchen and baths.

The kitchen has a Monitor Top fridge, vintage Chambers stove and farmhouse sink. The bathrooms have subway tile, marble hex tile, a restored claw foot tub and a walk-in shower. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,900,000?

505 17th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

04/10/14 1:30pm

If the price for one of Bed Stuy’s most elaborate Renaissance Revival houses seems low, that’s probably because it comes with two rent stabilized tenants. We don’t know who the architect of 65 Macon Street is, but wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear it’s Axel Hedman.

The exterior has two cartouches and carved relief work over the door. There aren’t many photos of the inside, but they and the listing description indicate the house is dripping with luxurious original details, including an elaborate entry and staircase with fretwork, screens, pier mirrors, mantels, shutters and decorative plasterwork, as well as a particularly fancy example of the built-in hardwood cabinets one typically finds in the rear parlor of these Renaissance Revival homes.

It’s on a Gold Coast block, between Nostrand and Marcy, in the proposed Bedford Historic District. The listing doesn’t indicate the condition of the mechanicals. The agent is an occasional Brownstoner commenter, by the way. Considering the two tenants, both on the third floor, do you think the ask of $1,290,000 is reasonable?

65 Macon Street [Housebywe LLC] GMAP

Update: The house was built in 1893 and the architect is Isaac D. Reynolds & Son, according to Morgan Munsey.

04/09/14 1:30pm

The four-story brick house at 64 South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene has been updated but many of its Greek Revival-Italianate features are still visible, including the distinctive window and door surrounds, black marble mantels, stair newel post and decorative plaster ceilings.

Some of the floors are new but have inlaid Greek key borders. The owner’s kitchen is a little generic but both it and the baths are renovated. The house is configured as two floor-through market-rate rentals over an owner’s duplex. The listing says it can be delivered vacant or not, as the buyer wishes. It’s also close to the park. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,450,000?

64 South Portland Avenue [Etage Real Estate] GMAP

04/08/14 1:30pm

Here’s a nice looking flip where, thankfully, the developer left the original details alone while upgrading the kitchens and, presumably (there are no photos), the bathrooms. Originally built as a two-family, as is evident from the floor plan, 923 Putnam Avenue has a lot of appealing and unusual details, including a gothic-y looking mantel on the garden floor and a wonderful embossed Lincrusta or Anaglypta wallpaper and dado in the hall.

It’s set up as a floor-through apartment over an owner’s duplex. The redone kitchen in the owner’s duplex looks nice, with a new wood floor, white cabinets and white subway tile. It last changed hands for $670,000 in late January. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for renovations, but the one kitchen shown looks brand new. Do you think the new ask of $1,295,000 will fly this far east?

923 Putnam Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

04/07/14 1:30pm

This Amzi Hill-designed brick and brownstone at 22 Arlington Place has all the bells and whistles and yet is in move-in condition. There’s a center hall stair with a Queen Anne Gothic style fireplace with robin’s egg blue tile, eclectic screens and stained glass, a paneled hall with a mirrored entry and inlaid floors.

There’s also a modern kitchen at the rear of the parlor floor with a Wolf range and marble island and backsplash as well as modern bathrooms and central air. The finished basement has what looks like modern encaustic tile, a nice touch.

It’s set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden floor rental. The house was an estate that sold for $725,000 to an LLC last year. What do you think of it and the $1,850,000 ask?

22 Arlington Place [Halstead] GMAP

04/02/14 1:30pm

The gut renovation of the abandoned SRO at 23 St. Felix Street in Fort Greene that we have written about before is finished and on the market. The rehab took almost two years, the owner told us, and the “virtually staged” photos reveal a blend of modern and traditional elements inside and out.

With arched front door and Neo-Grec brownstone exterior, the house has a lot of curb appeal. Inside there are new oak floors, more arched doors, a modern style metal staircase,  a new mantel, modern kitchen and central air.

It’s set up as an owner’s triplex over a duplex. The ask is $2,959,000. Think they’ll get it?

23 St. Felix Street [Corcoran] GMAP

04/01/14 1:30pm

This early 20th century brick house in Gravesend close to Bensonhurst has some pleasant prewar features and two modest family-sized apartments for under a million dollars. Both apartments are identical, with two bedrooms, one bath and a dining room in each.

There are some decorative wall moldings, parquet floors, French doors and a ’30s-style kitchen with original cupboards. There is also a garage. For $789,000, what do you think of it?

1648 Dahill Road [Corcoran] GMAP

Well, this has to be one of the cutest houses we’ve seen for sale in some time. It’s 25 feet wide and located on a corner at 118 Rutland Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, so it gets a lot of light from windows on three sides.

There are two entrances, simplified late-Victorian-meets-Craftsman wood details, lots of bead board, built-in bookcases, eight bedrooms and a garage. The dining room is particularly charming with its wood panelling and coffered ceiling. So are the bay windows and the porch with Ionic columns.

It was a Rental of the Day in 2012. Do you think they will get their ask of $2,995,000?

118 Rutland Road [Corcoran] GMAP