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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

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This new listing at 165 North 10th Street is pretty sweet as far as new condos go, with a wall of windows, large living area, and floating staircase. But it does have only one bedroom, which makes the asking price of $1,249,000 a bitter pill to swallow. But that’s what buying in this hot market is all about, right? Not many spoonfuls of sugar to be found.

165 North 10th Street, #4R [AptsandLofts.com] GMAP

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If you’re looking for reasonably priced new construction, this four-bedroom, two-bath duplex in Bed Stuy might fit the bill. There’s a washer/dryer, dishwasher and, yes, through-the-wall A/C units installed in the bedrooms and living area. The bedrooms are nicely sized too. Amenity-wise, the building has a shared roof deck and garden. It’s about two blocks from the G at Myrtle-Willoughby and seven blocks from the J/M/Z at Myrtle Avenue. What do you think of it and the asking rent of $3,950 a month?

169 Tompkins Avenue, #B [Corcoran] GMAP

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The summer has been incredibly busy. The house is about 90 percent complete. Due to budget constraints the garden will have to wait until next year. But the good news is that the kitchen is finished! Last we left off, I had picked out a marble countertop. I’ve been living with the marble for almost a month now and so far so good. Two dinner parties with lots of red wine and accidental lemon spills and the marble is still going strong.

The marble countertop was installed by the fabricator and the entire process took about an hour. At the end of the installation the team applied a professional grade sealant on the marble. Sealant is key to keeping marble mostly stain free. It has also helped that I picked a slab of marble with lots of imperfections. My slab was already flawed, what’s a few stains here and there? Plus it was much cheaper!

The cabinets are Ikea, which I’m less than thrilled with at the moment. I already need to replace one of the drawers due to poor alignment. The dishwasher and refrigerator are both Fisher Paykel and are floor models purchased on eBay at about 60 percent off retail. The stove is NXR and was purchased at Costco. The wood floating shelves were custom made.

Editor’s note: We’re impressed with how the kitchen turned out, especially considering this is a budget renovation financed with a 203K loan. Click through for lots more photos. (more…)

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The pricey rental building at 341 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights is over 65 percent rented, according to PR reps for Aptsandlofts.com, which is handling leasing for the building. Designed by Meshberg Group and developed by Bluejay Management, the eight-story development has 63 units ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, some of which have private terraces.

Asking rents start at $2,200 for a studio, $2,700 for a one-bedroom, $3,400 for a two-bedroom and $3,800 for a penthouse duplex. The building launched in July, and move-ins started in August. Capital One Bank and Starbucks, which is scheduled to open this month, are the ground-floor retail tenants.

341 Eastern Parkway [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
341 Eastern Parkway Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Aptsandlofts

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We can already imagine a condo-filled future for a large lot that sold last week in eastern Crown Heights. The big property with a small apartment building at 906 Prospect Place changed hands for $3,500,000, according to public records.

The 10,000-square-foot piece of land between New York and Brooklyn avenues could accommodate a bigger residential building up to six stories tall with 24,349 square feet of space. The developer and signer on the mortgage is Jeffrey Gershon, who’s also building projects at 190 South 6th Street in Williamsburg and at 22-22 Jackson Avenue next to 5Pointz in Long Island City.

The lot currently has a two-story building measuring 40 by 45 feet that we’re guessing will be demolished, but no demo permits have been filed yet. Interestingly, the property, which had a lis pendens, sold for over twice its asking price of $1,450,000GMAP

Photo by Gregg Snodgrass for PropertyShark

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With a lawsuit over the inclusion of affordable housing at a residential development site at Pier 6 still pending, another tempest (you decide if it’s in a teacup) is emerging at the northern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park where Toll Brothers’ condo and hotel project known as Pierhouse has recently topped out. At issue: the height of the new building and whether it violates either the spirit or the letter of a 2005 agreement that sought to preserve views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. In the opinion of preservationist Otis Pratt Pearsall and the Brooklyn Heights Association, it does. Park management has another take. (more…)

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SUNY officials worked through the weekend to try to find another health care operator to replace NYU, which pulled out, and salvage its sale of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to Fortis. But the search is not going well, according to a story in Capital NY.

“Expectations are low,” an unnamed state official told the publication. “To have anyone come in and offer what NYU was proposing seems almost impossible.” The “never ending” litigation around the deal is a turnoff.

Initial reports of NYU withdrawing from the sale said it was because of lawsuits. But Capital NY said the reason was because NYU believed the Brooklyn judge overseeing the legal cases was asking NYU to provide more beds and services than they had proposed, according to three sources cited by the paper. (more…)

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Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen will lead a walking tour of Clinton Hill this weekend covering the neighborhood’s rich history and unique architecture. She’ll discuss everything from 19th century mansions to elegant apartment buildings. The Society for Clinton Hill is organizing the tour, which will run from 11 am to 1 pm this Sunday, September 28. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Photo via Society for Clinton Hill

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached row houses, with garages
Address: 122-134 Brooklyn Avenue
Cross Streets: Bergen Street and St. Marks Avenue
Neighborhood: Crown Heights North
Year Built: 1918
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: Eric O. Holmgren
Other Buildings by Architect: Evening Star Baptist Church (former LDS Chapel), Gates Ave, Bedford Stuyvesant; 189 Ocean Avenue, PLG; theaters in Williamsburg; Alku Toinen Cooperative Apartments, Sunset Park.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Phase I of Crown Heights North HD. (2007) both landmarked CHN historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places (2013)

The story: These are among the last single family houses built in Phase I of the Crown Heights North historic district. They were built right at America’s entrance into World War I, a watershed moment in the country’s national psyche. By the time the war was over, New York City had lived through not only war, but also an influenza pandemic, the worst subway disaster in the city’s history, and the rise of a growing middle class, dancing its way to the Roaring Twenties. Much of that middle class was settling in Brooklyn.

This particular row of houses consists of two pairs of semi-detached houses, and a single house at the end of the row, this one in the middle of the block between Bergen Street and St. Marks Avenue. They were designed for developer Harry Hanson by Eric O. Holmgren, a Swedish-American architect who enjoyed a long career here in Brooklyn. (more…)

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Urban farm stand Bread Love Weeksville is hosting a series of events this fall called Sunday Dinners. The events take place from 2 to 6 pm Sundays at the Weeksville Heritage Center at 1698 Bergen Street starting yesterday and continuing through October 12. The menu changes each week.

Above, a chicken dinner at Weeksville. Jerk Chicken and Fish Fry is scheduled for the 28th, a Pig Roast for October 5, and Seafood Boil for Oct. 12. Local musicians and DJs will perform. The dinners are part of the month-long collaboration between Creative Time and Weeksville called “Black Radical Brooklyn.”

As you may recall, sadly, Bread Love Cafe at 275 Stuyvesant had to close after a fire earlier this year. We’re glad to see them back in the form of a pop-up.

Photo by Bread Love Weeksville 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