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The two-family brownstone at 490 MacDonough Street is one of the nicest homes we’ve seen for sale east of Malcolm X in a while. Located on a fine-looking block between Malcolm X and Patchen, close to Stuy Heights shops and restaurants, this house has all the 1890s goodies: stained glass windows, elaborate parquet floors, mantels, a fanciful screen in the entry, an attractive passthrough with three-part mirror, shutters, and elaborate foliate details on the facade. (Click through to the listing site for all the photos.)

There are no pictures of the kitchens and baths, though the listing says the latter have been updated. A few quibbles: Some of the flooring on the garden floor is new, the original front door has been replaced, and most or all of the wood work has been painted, as has the facade. But it’s all there, and we’re sure it will be beautiful when restored.

The house last sold for $380,000 in 2011. Do you think they’ll get their new ask of $1,495,000?

490 MacDonough Street [Corley Realty Group] GMAP

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The recently renovated two-family at 531 6th Avenue in South Slope isn’t exactly to our taste, but we are sure someone will love it. It’s bright and cheerful, and the parlor floor has been opened up and now has a swanky new marble and walnut kitchen.

Since the house is small — 16 feet wide with about 2,000 square feet over three floors — we think it would work better as a one-family. In any case, the ask is $2,300,000, which works out to about $1,150 per square foot, according to our calculations. Do you think they will get it?

531 6th Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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This two-family wood frame with a porch at 849 Belmont Avenue in East New York is one of the cuter houses for sale right now we haven’t already written about, and you can’t beat the price. It appears to be in move-in condition, with all new mechanicals. And even though it’s recently renovated and has new floors, it still has some nice plaster details. We like it.

As for the location, we’re not overly familiar with East New York, but we have visited Pitkin Avenue a couple of times. This is a block away, and there is an Associated grocery store close by.

What do you think of it for $369,000?

849 Belmont Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP

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An Open House Pick in November, this attractive Park Slope brownstone at 763 Carroll Street is still on the market. Inside, scads of original details appear untouched, including what looks like wood work with the original finish, and everything looks to be in tip-top condition.

We like the 1880s fireplace, bold wood work and ironwork, and the sleek modern kitchen with door going out to a deck. There’s also a pier mirror, central air, two wet bars, original shutters, and elaborate built-ins.

Set up as an owner’s triplex over a two-bedroom garden rental, it looks slightly narrow in the floor plan, but PropertyShark has it at 20 feet wide and 4,404 square feet. It’s located close to 7th Avenue and less than two blocks from the park.

Originally asking $4,250,000, the price has dropped to $3,950,000. Is there some catch we don’t know about?

763 Carroll Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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The insides of this house look pretty dire, with crumbling walls and ceilings, wires hanging down, and the kind of rigid linoleum tile flooring that sometimes turns out to contain asbestos. And that couldn’t be mold spotting the ceiling in one of the photos, right?

Still, though, despite appearances, it’s probably no more work than the average Brooklyn townhouse in need of everything — unless, of course, “everything” also includes severe water damage, new windows, a new cornice, new roof and repointing the brick exterior. In any event, all we know is the listing says “this property needs a complete gut renovation.”

There are a few nice old details left, including window and door surrounds, shutters, crown molding, and a marble fireplace. But at the current ask of $995,000, we’re not sure there’s enough of a discount to make this an attractive proposition. Or are we behind the times?

1324 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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We don’t usually feature houses with no interior photos, but Sunset Park listings are rare and the broker has included a floor plan and lots of info. The bow front limestone exterior at 650 49th Street with pressed metal Renaissance Revival cornice and triangular entrance pediment is quite attractive, but inside “this is a handyman special,” according to the listing

Some original detail remains, but it sounds like a gut or partial gut will be needed. The two-family has an original entrance banister, interior window moldings and some original floors. There are also drop ceilings, wood paneling, tile and carpeting. It will need a new gas boiler, water heater, kitchens and baths. The house is also narrow at 16.67 feet.

Considering how prices have gone up in the area and the work needed, does $850,000 sound fair?

650 49th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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This lavish Renaissance Revival limestone appears to be in move-in condition, going by the photos, with an updated kitchen and baths as well as plenty of original details. Those include an elaborate built-in in the rear parlor, a pier mirror, a wood burning fireplace and five mantels. There is also an outdoor fireplace in the garden.

It’s currently set up as a one-family, although it’s a three, according to the listing, and the floor plan seems intact. It is slightly narrow at about 17 feet 3 inches. Built in 1894 as one of seven in a row, it was designed by architect Albert E. White, according to a Building of the Day post (White also designed 1234 Dean Street).

Do you like it? And with the neighborhood record having recently leapt from $2,108,902 to $2,900,000 for a 27-foot-wide mansion in need of work, do you think the ask of $2,300,000 is reasonable?

1193 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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We like the looks of the outside of this new-construction townhouse. The inside isn’t as interesting, at least as rendered, and the windows appear much smaller. The five-story mixed-use brick building on a triangular lot will consist of two duplexes over a ground-floor store space. Construction is set to wrap in April. What do you think of it and the asking price of $3,200,000?

995 Washington Avenue [AptsandLofts] GMAP

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This Park Slope Italianate at 35 Park Place is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some original features, but the house has suffered from being chopped up into four floor-through units, in our opinion.

On the plus side, the exterior is attractive, particularly the entry, and inside there are arched white marble mantels, an original staircase, molding and other features. But we think this one is going to take a lot of work. Unless, of course, you want to buy it as an investment property and keep it as is.

The ask is $3,095,000. Think it will fly?

35 Park Place [Sotheby's] GMAP

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Yet another attractive Fort Greene brownstone has hit the market. This one at 96 Fort Greene Place is straight-up Italianate with classic features such as arched white marble mantels, elaborate crown molding, and what looks to be a now-enclosed tea porch in the back. It’s set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden-floor rental. What do you think of it for $2,800,000?

96 Fort Greene Place [Corcoran] GMAP

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This four-family brownstone at 26 South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene has lots of classic Italianate features, including carved white marble mantels, elaborate ceilings, gigantic interior doors with arched tops, and niches in the rear parlor (now a kitchen) with more charming plaster details.

The five-story house is set up as three floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. This listing is only one week old, but we’re guessing the sellers already has offers, because the “final” open house is scheduled for Tuesday at noon, according to the listing on the Keller Williams website. Click through to it to see more photos.

What do you think of the property and the asking price of $3,450,000?

26 South Portland Avenue [Keller Williams] GMAP

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This Fort Greene Neo-Grec-slash-Italianate brownstone has some pretty marvelous original details, including elaborate ceilings and wedding cake plasterwork, a boldly carved marble mantel, and an unusual transom with what appears to be hand-cut wood applique decoration. There is also a wood burning fireplace.

From what we can tell from the photos, this house appears to be in pretty good condition on the inside, although it is in need of some work. A few big-ticket items are a new facade and windows, according to the listing. There’s an open house scheduled for Sunday.

The property has been on and off the market for years, and finally sold in a foreclosure auction in May for $1,700,000, as BK to the Fullest has detailed.

We’re sure it will be glorious when restored, but do you think the asking price of $2,600,000 makes sense?

306 Clermont Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP