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Sales launched last week at a 19th-century building at 229 Sackett Street in Carroll Gardens that has been converted to condos with unusually luxurious marble bathrooms and kitchens. Two of a total of four units at the four-story brick building are on the market, starting at $1,250,000 for a two-bedroom.

The two-bedroom unit, No. 3, takes up a whole floor. It measures 998 square feet and has two bathrooms and in-unit laundry. (more…)

145 Nelson St.

This Anglo-Italianate red brick and brownstone house in Carroll Gardens may be petite but it is adorable inside and out. The parlor has been gracefully opened up to the hall with a large and well-trimmed rectangular opening, and there is an attractive original staircase, moldings and a marble mantel.

Everything has been updated, and there is a deck and a big backyard. It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a garden floor rental.

It’s about a block and a half from the BQE — close but not uncomfortably so. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,395,000?

145 Nelson Street [Corcoran] GMAP (more…)

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Here’s a sweet little garden two-bedroom for rent in Carroll Gardens. Tin ceilings and wide plank floors give it some prewar charm, and there’s a nice shared garden. It also has a dishwasher and washer/dryer.

It’s across from DiMattina Playground, but also close to the BQE. What are your thoughts on it for $3,400 a month?

71 Woodhull Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

418 Sackett St. NS, PS. 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: The Daniel and Sarah Hasbrouck House
Address: 418 Sackett Street
Cross Streets: Corner Hoyt Street
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
Year Built: 1852
Architectural Style: Transitional Greek Revival-Italianate
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No, but really should be

The story: Way back in Dutch Brooklyn, this was Bergen land. The Bergen family had several branches, all of whom owned property all over the place, from one end of Brooklyn to the other. One parcel was here, in South Brooklyn, where Jacob and Catherine Bergen had a farm. The farmhouse stood about where this house now stands. Their daughter Sarah, born in 1820, would go upstate to be educated at Emma Willard’s Troy Female Seminary in 1832. The school, ten years old at that point, was one of the first women’s schools in the nation. Located in Troy, near Albany, it also was a pioneer in a woman’s full education, with math and science, as well as the humanities. Sarah Bergen came back to Brooklyn at the death of her mother, and in 1851, married Daniel Bacchus Hasbrouck, originally from the Syracuse area.

Hasbrouck was born in 1819, and came to Brooklyn as a young man. He was involved in various businesses and was well connected in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. After his marriage, he became head of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Police from 1857 to 1878. Most of his money was made in the surface railroad lines; the trolleys. Over the course of his life he was vice-president and president of several Brooklyn trolley lines, as well as lines in the Bronx and Manhattan. He was a stockholder in several major lines, and by the time he retired, he had been the director of the New York City Railway Company, and the secretary of the New York Street Railway Association, an umbrella group for most of the city’s trolley lines. (more…)

court and smith street BID map

The plan to help mom and pop businesses and improve the retail areas along Court and Smith streets in Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens with a new Business Improvement District has not been forgotten. The organizers, a group of property owners and commercial tenants in the area, plan to host two meetings this week to update the community on their plans.

The BID will stretch from the BQE in the south to Pacific Street in the north, as the map above shows.

They’ll explain what the BID will do and answer any questions that people might have. One organizer tells us that they’re collecting signed statements of support from people who live in the area. It’s the second step in a three-phase process for setting up a BID.

They’ll also buy a drink or coffee for anyone who attends the informal public meetings, which will take place Tuesday from 11 am to 12 pm at 61 Local (61 Bergen Street) and from 5 pm to 7 pm at Angry Wade’s (222 Smith Street). You can learn more by checking out the steering committee’s website.

Court and Smith Street Biz Owners Join Together to Survive Rising Rents [Brownstoner]

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A townhouse at 294A Sackett Street in Carroll Gardens appears to be the first resale at the Sackett Union townhouses to go on the market. The listing also gives the first glimpse inside the new-construction homes, which were designed by Rogers Marvel and developed by Alchemy Properties. (Previous listings showed only floor plans, plus interior renderings for the related Sackett Union condos.)

The interior is 3,689 square feet, according to the listing, and there is parking and a rooftop terrace.

The sellers closed on the new-construction townhouse a year ago for $3,614,788. Now the new ask is $4,999,000. That’s a gain of $1,384,212 in one year, but for all we know the sellers entered contract years earlier when prices were much lower.

Do you think they will get ask?

294A Sackett Street [Sotheby’s International Realty] GMAP


We’re not sure the new building that replaced the Carroll Gardens brownstone that collapsed in 2012 is completely finished but it is on the market — as condos. The condos, as Curbed noted, are “pricey,” but we must say they look very nice.

Except for the too-short windows and door on the parlor floor, and lower overall height, the exterior looks much like it did before the collapse, although it’s a completely new building. Inside the units are modern, spacious and light, with gigantic windows in the rear. The building is 25 feet wide, so they had more space to play with than usual.

The prices are something of a surprise: $2.2 million for a two-bedroom, two-bath floor through on the second floor to $3.5 million for a three-bedroom duplex on the top. That could buy you a whole brownstone in the area, though it would probably need renovation.

Unit No. 3 is already in contract, according to the listing.

We’re interested in how the owners financed such a high-quality rebuild. As far as we can see, they didn’t take out a new mortgage and still own the building, although now in the form of an LLC. We think it’s interesting they decided to develop and sell. Above, the house under construction in September.

What do you think of the new units — and the prices?

Pricey Condos Replace 150-Year-Old House That Crumbled [Curbed]
241 Carroll Street Listings [Nestseekers]
241 Carroll Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Google Maps



French eyeglasses maker Anne & Valentin opened last week at 200 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, a spokesperson let us know. Its frames, which come in unusual shapes and colors, such as pink metal and two-tone acetate, are made in France.

Smith Street is becoming quite the district for high-end opticians. The store joins a growing number in the area, including James Leonard at 309 Smith Street and Moscot at 159 Court Street. Pardon Me For Asking was the first to write about the new store. GMAP

Photo by Anne & Valentin

236 Carroll Street, SSpellen 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row house
Address: 236 Carroll Street
Cross Streets: Corner Court Street
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
Year Built: Before 1871
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: The name Carroll Gardens is not an old one. It was adapted in the 1960s to give the neighborhood a separate identity from its two large surrounding industrial areas, Red Hook and Gowanus. Up until that time, and for some old-timers still, it was called South Brooklyn or Red Hook. Developers began building houses here after the street grid was laid down in 1835, so this is one of Brooklyn’s oldest developed neighborhoods.

The expansion of the Red Hook docks and the businesses that accompanied that helped spur interest in the neighborhood as a residential area. As the 19th century progressed, the growth of the Gowanus area also made this central residential neighborhood attractive to the owners of the nearby businesses. In the 1840s, Carroll Park was purchased as a private garden for the wealthy homeowners surrounding it.

The park didn’t get real development in that department until the 1870s, when many of the houses around it were built. However, knowing that the park would one day be there encouraged developers to build large townhouses on wide lots around the park, similar to those in Brooklyn Heights. This house was built at that time, sometime in the late 1860s, and finished before 1871, when an ad for its sale appears in the Brooklyn Daily Union. (more…)

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Given this listing comes with only two interior shots, we suspect there’s not much detail left in this once-grand Carroll Gardens brownstone. Still, it’s 25 feet wide and has high ceilings on every floor, according to the listing.

The house at 279 Sackett Street is currently set up as a four-family and will be delivered vacant. The staircase is original, there is a stained glass skylight, and more than one marble mantel, according to the ad.

Considering it could also buy a top-of-the-line house in perfect, move-in condition in Park Slope on a park block, the ask of $4,650,000 sounds high to us, but what do you think?

279 Sackett Street [Corcoran] GMAP