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We suspect plenty of potential buyers will appreciate the good light in this corner property and its gut-renovated-to-the-nth-degree interior, although we’re wondering why the parlor is split level and the rear fireplace is up against the back wall. The house is not huge — just under 3,000 square feet, according to PropertyShark — but the price is on the lower end for the Heights. Also, there’s parking!

What do you think of it for $4,200,000?

40 Orange Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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The wrecking ball is coming for a five-story apartment building and a nine-story office building on adjacent properties on Pierrepont and Montague Streets in Brooklyn Heights. Developer Jonathan Rose Companies filed demolition applications last month to take down 189 Montague Street and 146 Pierrepont Street (pictured above). Situated between between Cadman Plaza West and Clinton Street, the buildings are some of the few in the Heights that are not landmarked.

A hotel may be in the works, but no new-building applications have been filed under these or any other addresses that we could find. Last year, the Eagle wrote there was talk of a hotel coming at 189 Montague, pictured after the jump.

146 Pierrepont currently houses seven apartments and ground floor commercial space, which used to be a Quest Diagnostics lab. The building is only 6,775 square feet, but zoning allows up to 24,830 square feet of development on the site. Jonathan Rose snapped up the site in January for $5,750,000, public records show.

Meanwhile, 189 Montague is a 75,000-square-foot office building that stretches all the way through the block to Pierrepont Street, and it has 25,000 square feet of unused development rights, according to PropertyShark.

Air rights from 146 Pierrepont were transferred to 189 Montague back in 2000, according to public records, as the Eagle also noted. Tenants in the two buildings were asked to move or their leases were not renewed last year, said the Eagle.

We reached out to the developer for comment but have not yet heard back.

Photos by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

By the 1850s, Brooklyn was not just a growing town; it was a fast growing city. Among the necessary amenities for any city is a good hotel. Montague Street was at the center of cultural activity in Brooklyn Heights at the time, and was a perfect place for a large hotel. The plot on the corner of Hicks and Montague Streets was purchased by the partnership of builders Litchfield and Metchum, and in May of 1854, a fine looking six story Italianate-style hotel opened on the site. It was called the Pierrepont Hotel, and was modeled on the Prescott House in Manhattan.

The builders immediately turned around and sold the hotel. One of the first owners, Hamlin Blake, only owned the hotel for a day. Several other owners had the hotel thereafter, but one thing stayed consistent; their reputation for offering family-style comfort and an exceptionally fine meal. It was soon Brooklyn’s finest hotel during the Civil War years and just beyond.

The Pierrepont Hotel was both a residential and transient hotel, catering to businessmen and travelers to the city, mostly gentlemen, but they also accommodated families, especially those of Navy officers with business at the Navy Yard. During the Civil War, the hotel was popular with other military officers, as well. The hotel also had a collection of regulars who lived there, including many older single men. It was said that in the evening, one could see them all back in the rear in the bar and on the wide verandah behind it, in their chairs, smoking and telling each other tall tales and stories of past exploits. (more…)

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Robust, handsome and strapping are the words that come to mind to describe this 1870s Italianate with Neo-Grec details. The front door is memorable, and the proportions and details grand. There are 12-foot ceilings in the parlor and big-shouldered marble mantels. It’s 24 feet wide and 50 feet deep on a 125 foot lot.

Still, some potential buyers might not like the configuration of the owner’s triplex — sandwiched between top-floor and garden-floor rentals — or the side galley kitchen.

What do you think of it and the ask of $7,900,000?

34 Grace Court [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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Construction can resume at the southernmost Pierhouse building, the condo complex going up south of the Squibb Bridge at 130 Furman Street, now that the partial stop work order has been lifted. Minor adjustments have been made to the specs so the building does not interfere with the legally protected Brooklyn Heights Scenic View District.

These include removing two parapet walls on the roof and reducing the height of the building by 1.5 feet, a spokesperson told New York YIMBY. The snow-covered site, where workers have poured part of the first floor, can be seen at the bottom left of the photo above, taken in late January. The partial stop work order was rescinded Tuesday.

“We take our responsibilities to safeguard the scenic view district very seriously,” Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer told YIMBY in an emailed statement. “The changes made here will ensure the promenade’s view plane will be protected by reducing rooftop elements and adjusting the building’s height.”

Work Set to Resume at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 Building After Minor Height Adjustment [NYY]
Pierhouse Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Whoa boy! Check out this monster pad that just became available at One Brooklyn Bridge Park. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom condo weighs in just a hair shy of 4,000 square feet and features 12-foot ceilings and expansive views in three directions. Even if you can’t come close to affording the $7,500,000 price tag, this listing’s worth checking out for voyeuristic reasons alone.

360 Furman Street, #1014-1015 [Corcoran] GMAP

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Brooklyn Heights doesn’t get much more prime than Remsen Street, where this townhouse duplex just hit the market with a price tag of $2,675,000. The three-bedroom pad has plenty of prewar detail in addition to an updated kitchen, central air and a private roof deck. On top of that, the building’s 25-foot width gives this place a generosity of space usually lacking in carved-up townhouses.

90 Remsen Street, #4 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached wood-frame house
Address: 25 Cranberry Street
Cross Streets: Hicks and Willow streets
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Year Built: 1829, or a tad earlier
Architectural Style: Federal
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, part of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District (1966)

The story: This is one of the oldest houses in Brooklyn Heights.Looking at this house really helps one imagine what Brooklyn looked like in the first half of the 19th century. Part of the difficulty in doing research here in one of the oldest parts of Brooklyn is that the streets have changed quite a lot over the centuries, and so have the street numbers. When this house was built, sometime around 1829, it was 45 Cranberry Street. The streets were renumbered in 1871, and 45 Cranberry became 25 Cranberry Street. (more…)

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If you didn’t catch the broadcast of WNET’s hour-long celebration of the 50-year-old New York City landmarks law Saturday night, you can watch it online. “The Landmarks Preservation Movement,” an episode in the public television station’s “Treasures of New York” documentary series, sweeps through landmarks history to the present day, comparing the landmarking of Brooklyn Heights, New York City’s first landmark district, in 1965 to the current-day effort to expand the Bed Stuy historic district.

If not for the efforts of Brooklyn Heights resident and distinguished preservationist Otis Pratt Pearsall, pictured above, who takes us on a tour of the Heights, 80 percent of the area would likely be gone today, according to the film. Bed Stuy resident and preservationist (and sometimes Brownstoner commenter) Claudette Brady speaks movingly of the need for protection for Bed Stuy’s 19th century houses, arguing that landmarking is crucial to preserving the community and its way of life. Catch her at 33:46 and again at 56:38.

Treasures of New York: The Landmarks Preservation Movement [WNET 13]
Still image from “The Landmarks Preservation Movement”

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Construction is expected to wrap this spring and listings will debut soon for the 12 condos being carved out of the upper floor offices of the Brooklyn Trust Company Building at 177 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. Prices will start at $3,350,000 for a two-bedroom unit and go as high as $4,350,000 for a five-bedroom duplex, The New York Times reported.

The units, carved out of a landmark 1916 building, will be quirky. Perhaps the most unusual feature is that the top-floor units have only skylights and no windows. Click through to the Times to see a couple of shots of the interior under construction.

Barry Rice is the architect. Chase will continue to occupy the ground floor, but the vault will store bikes and strollers — and house a dog spa!

Boutique Condos at Brooklyn Trust Company Building [NY Times] GMAP
177 Montague Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Community Advisory Council of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the council passed a resolution demanding an immediate halt to all construction in the park, including Pierhouse and housing on Pier 6, until concerns about views, financing, and school overcrowding can be resolved, Curbed and Brooklyn Eagle reported.

Steven Guterman, founder of preservationist group Save the View Now, argued in his presentation that the Pierhouse request for proposal, REIS and Design Guidelines clearly require the park and Pierhouse developer Toll Brothers to preserve views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade – the same view (everything above the roadbed) that the park long ago promised the Brooklyn Heights Association it would preserve and which Pierhouse is now obscuring — the Eagle said.

Park President Regina Myer has said all along that the park has been completely open about all changes to the design and height of the Pierhouse hotel and condos as they were happening, and disclosed everything to the CAC in a series of meetings. But CAC members disputed that at the meeting. Here is the exchange from the Eagle: (more…)

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A Brooklyn Heights mansion with a storied past at 3 Pierrepont Place has just hit the market for $40,000,000 – making it Brooklyn’s most expensive townhouse listing, probably ever. Corcoran’s Vicki Negron has the listing, which The Wall Street Journal was the first to write about, this afternoon.

The semi-attached Italianate brownstone, built in 1857, was famously home to Seth Low II, who served as mayor of Brooklyn in the 1880s, and later, mayor of New York. Perched on a cliff, it overlooks the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park, with views of the East River, Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.

Owner Jeff Keil bought the house for $2,300,000 in 1991, according to the Journal. He and his partner live in a five-bedroom duplex in the building. The 17,500-square-foot home has eight apartments. The current tenants are on short-term leases, and the house can be sold vacant, Keil told WSJ. Architect Frederick A. Petersen designed the house, which features a staggering level of ornate detail on a 9,000-square-foot lot. Click through for more photos of the interior.

The current record for the most expensive townhouse sale in the borough is, of course, the Greek Revival mansion at 70 Willow Street, which sold for $12,500,000 in 2012. Do you think the seller will get ask?

3 Pierrepont Place Listing [Corcoran]
Brooklyn’s Most Expensive Listing: $40 Million Brownstone [WSJ]
Building of the Day: 2 and 3 Pierrepont Place [Brownstoner]
Photos by Corcoran

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