210 st james place clinton hill 112014

This landmarked house at 210 St. James Place in Clinton Hill is one of the nicest and best preserved we have seen in a while. The wood work and mantels are really over the top, and look to be in top-notch condition. Architect Benjamin Wright designed it in the Romanesque Revival style for Charles Pratt’s Morris Building Company in 1890 and it belonged to Pratt Institute, according to the designation report.

Although technically a two-family according to PropertyShark, it’s set up as a one-family in the original configuration. Considering it’s narrow at 16.83 feet and has a center hall stair, we think this is the best use of the property.

It looks like just about every original detail is present, but the kitchen and baths could probably use updating (or restoration). There is a butler’s pantry, a second staircase leading to it, and the original passthrough with the marble sinks between the bedrooms. There are also eight working fireplaces with original mantels and gas light fixtures that look as if they could plausibly be original to the house.

The original bathroom in the extension on the third floor could be restored with a claw foot tub — as opposed to just the shower it has now — and plumbing from the passthroughs could easily be extended to turn the storage room in the center of the top floor into a second full bathroom. (There is also a shower in a pantry on the first floor, as well as a toilet off the mudroom.) You can check out a photo of the bathroom on BK to the Fullest, which wrote about the house before it was listed. The roof, hot water heater and heating system (forced air, gas) are new, according to the post.

An open house is set for Sunday from 2 to 3:30 pm. Considering the abundance of details but also that it may need some work (about $200,000, we’d estimate), what do you think of the ask of $2,600,000?

210 St. James Place [MNS] GMAP


Madison Realty Capital has filed permits for the building that will replace the commercial bakery at 551 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill. Our suspicions that it would be apartments is correct: It will be five stories with 122 rentals — and 20 percent of them will be affordable, New York YIMBY reported.

HTO Architect is the designer. The building, whose official address will be 555 Waverly, will have 122,000 square feet of space, including 7,700 square feet for retail. What do you think of the plans?

Permits Filed: 555 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill [NYY] GMAP
Clinton Hill Factory Near Hot Bird Trades for $23.5 Million, Apartments Possible [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

119 gates avenue clinton hill 112014

This garden floor one-bedroom in Clinton Hill has some nice details, like the inlaid hardwood floors, a faux-marble painted mantel and original moldings. The white subway tile gives the kitchen a clean feel, and the bedroom has an en-suite bath. Renters also have access to the shared backyard. And it’s only about two and a half blocks from the C train. The rent is $2,400 a month. Does that sound like the going rate for this part of Clinton Hill?

119 Gates Avenue, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

135 clinton avenue clinton hill 112014

This new listing at 135 Clinton Avenue is worth a look. The two-bedroom co-op takes up the top floor of a 25-foot-wide townhouse in Clinton Hill and comes with its own private roof deck. The interiors have lots of historic detail and the monthly maintenance of $1,056 shouldn’t break the bank. The asking price is $750,000. We bet they’ll get it.

135 Clinton Avenue, #4 [Corcoran] GMAP


At last we have a rendering for the long-stalled Scarano-designed building planned for 538 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill. We think it looks really good. We like the way the facade relates to the street with lots of windows, colors and different materials. It looks like there will be a copper-colored metal screen — with window-sized openings — covering balconies and hiding the massiveness of the building behind it.

After having been stalled for years, construction is moving quickly since we last checked in August. As reported, developer Sam Boymelgreen bought the site last year. We couldn’t see behind part of the construction fence, but it looks like the five-story, eight-unit building is close to topping out.

Click through for a photo of the construction site. What do you think of the design?



Developer Madison Realty Capital has snapped up a factory in Clinton Hill for $23,500,000, and may be planning rentals or condos. Although the building at 551 Waverly Avenue is on one of those industrial looking blocks between Fulton and Atlantic near Hot Bird, it’s zoned for residential. The firm hasn’t yet revealed its plans, according to The Real Deal and The New York Daily News, which both wrote about the sale. The current tenant is a 68-year-old kosher bakery that has occupied the building for more than a decade, said the Daily News.

The three-story building (which looks like two) has about 43,000 square feet, but more than 90,000 square feet would be allowed. It dates from 1915, according to city records. It has 90 feet of frontage on the street, so we could imagine stores on the ground floor would work.

Do you think this sale will start a transformation of this corner of Clinton Hill into apartment buildings?

Real Estate Developer Buys Beloved Clinton Hill Kosher Bakery for $23.5 Million [NY Daily News]
Madison Realty Capital Buys Brooklyn Factory Site for $23.5 Million [TRD] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark


Flatbush Farm’s Clinton Hill spinoff, Sisters, opens Friday at 900 Fulton Street in the old Sister’s Hardware spot, a spokeswoman told us. In the works for at least a year, the new space will be a cafe by day and a restaurant and bar by night with live music. Menu items include fried artichoke hearts, soup, salad, oysters, burgers and duck cassoulet. The interior has marble tile and reclaimed wood. There will be a small stage in the rear and DJ booth with a turntable.

900 Fulton Coverage [Brownstoner]  GMAP


Former District Leader Renee Collymore has organized an emergency town hall meeting with school principals, residents and business owners to discuss safety in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill after an incident last month when 20 or 30 “unsupervised students from local schools began a terrifying brawl outside a quiet coffee shop,” on Vanderbilt between Dekalb and Lafayette, according to a flyer we spotted in the neighborhood. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Laurie Cumbo are expected to attend.

Collymore witnessed the fight on October 9, and said police did not show up when called to break up an earlier fight on October 5, according to a story in DNAinfo. The meeting is set for Wednesday, November 19 from 6:30 to 8 pm at P.S. 20 at 225 Adelphi Street.

111 steuben street clinton hill 102014

When 111 Steuben was unveiled way back in the previous market cycle, critics said it looked too much like an office building. But in an area where developers were slapping up the ugliest buildings imaginable, we thought the clean, modern look deserved praise. Which brings us to today’s condo, a two-bedroom unit on the fifth floor. The living/dining area has a Richard Meier-like openness to the rest of the world, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, and the master suite is generously proportioned. The asking price for the 1,196-square-foot pad? $869,000.

111 Steuben Street, #5C [Corcoran] GMAP

848 fulton street clinton hill rendering 102014

Another Brooklyn gas station has been snapped up for development, this one in Clinton Hill. A developer, The Daten Group, bought 840 Fulton Street, at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue, for $7,400,000 on September 30, according to the Commercial Observer.

The firm plans to build a seven-story mixed-income rental building. The 40,000-square-foot development will have 38 apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable. There will be 5,000 square feet of retail in the project, which is scheduled to begin construction in March 2015 and finish two years later. KBA Architects will design the building, which will cost approximately $20,000,000 to build, said the story. The Daten Group’s management company, Vibe Living, will manage and market the rentals, and Douglas Elliman will handle the initial leasing campaign.

The deal included 3,464 square feet of air rights from a neighboring property at 848 Fulton Street, which is a four-story building with apartments and a Thai restaurant on the ground floor. The sale has not yet hit public records. The developer hasn’t filed any demolition or new building applications yet either.

Daten Group Buys Vacant Clinton Hill Gas Station for $7.4 Million [NYO] GMAP
Rendering via NYO

76 Lefferts Place

Though construction is still in full swing, apartments at the large development on Lefferts Place between Grand Avenue and Classon Avenue are now on the market. The project, called Lefferts Mews, at 76, 80, 84 and 88 Lefferts Place, will have 31 condominium units. Corcoran, which is handling sales, has put five units on the market, BuzzBuzzHome noticed Friday. They range from a 724-square-foot one-bedroom apartment for $625,000 to a 1,525-square-foot two-bedroom apartment for $1,495,000 — that’s $980 a square foot for the two-bedroom.

The units in the townhouse-style development include duplex garden apartments, duplexes with a roof deck and floor-through units. The units feature Siberian oak floors, large windows. Paul Davis designed both the interiors and the exteriors.

The original developer, an LLC, bought the site in June of 2012 for $3,400,000 and planned to build seven, four-story townhouses, each with three units. In July of 2013 the owner sold the property for $7,850,000 to another LLC. The new owner began construction on this project a month later.

Click through for renderings of the project and interiors. What do you think of the design?

76-88 Lefferts Place Listings [Corcoran]
76 Lefferts Place in Clinton Hill Starts at $625,000 [BBH]
More Units Planned, Foundation Going in at Huge Lefferts Place Build in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]
Development Finally Coming to Large Lefferts Place Lot [Brownstoner]
Huge Empty Lot on Lefferts Place for Sale Again [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)