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This 3,000-square-foot condo at 233 Pacific Street strikes us as a pretty good deal in this market at the asking price of $2,995,000. The apartment is the result of combining two smaller units in the 2012 building. There’s a massive living/dining space along with four bedrooms. Not bad for $1,000 a square foot these days.

233 Pacific Street, #4FG [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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What would one of Brooklyn’s leading architects do with a Warren Place Mews townhouse, those iconic but small Gothic workingmen’s cottages built by Alfred Tredway White in 1879? Three stories high but narrow and only two rooms deep, the houses challenge any designer to find space for an adequate number of bathrooms without sacrificing bedrooms or parlors. We’ve also never seen one with any original finishes or even a mantel.

Everyone wants one but no one can figure out what to do with them.

Architect Elizabeth Roberts is known for her modern-meets-traditional renovations of Brooklyn brownstones. In this case, documented in a New York Times story, she restored some of the historic charm with an old-fashioned wood staircase with turned spindles and two salvage marble mantels.

She squeezed in two bedrooms and two bathrooms, although we’re not quite sure how since the article doesn’t include a floor plan.

Most remarkable — and something for other homeowners to consider — is the trick of turning a powder room, big enough for only sink and toilet, into a shower with full-room waterproofing and shower apparatus on the wall and overhead.

She also maximized storage with built-in bookcases big enough to hold the owners’ record collection and record player.

We’re guessing room for a full size bathroom on the top floor was carved out of the second bedroom and the top of the stair.

The renovation cost $550,000. Click through to the New York Times story for photos. What do you think of the design? Would you adapt any of these ideas in your own space?

Spies Like Us [NY Times]
Photo by Corcoran

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Big news — although not unexpected — for Prospect Lefferts Gardens and preservationists: The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday voted to designate Chester Court. The beautifully intact teens Tudor Revival cul-de-sac was first suggested for landmarking back in the 1970s as part of the original historic district in the area.

Also yesterday Landmarks approved the revised plans for the mixed-use development that will replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill. The redesign is similar except the windows look more like those of surrounding buildings: Tall and narrow — but still lots of them. Yay, Landmarks.

You can read more about the votes in New York YIMBY, The New York Daily News and The Brooklyn Eagle. Click through to the Eagle story to see a photo showing the 112 Atlantic Avenue redesign.

Chester Court Coverage [Brownstoner]
112 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]

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The Municipal Arts Society is hosting a walking tour of churches in Cobble Hill this weekend, exploring existing houses of worship, converted ones and even ones that were demolished. Local historian Mary Ann DiNapoli will lead the walk through Cobble Hill’s historic district.

Pictured above is the Christ Church and Holy Family Episcopal Church at 326 Clinton Street. The tour will take place Saturday at 11 am, and tickets cost $20 or $15 for MAS members.

And at 2 pm on Saturday, our Montrose Morris columnist Suzanne Spellen and preservationist Morgan Munsey are leading a tour of Crown Heights North. Tickets are also $20, and can be purchased here.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Although it falls outside the historic district, this four-story brick house at 18 Douglass Street in Cobble Hill looks to us to be quite old, possibly from the first half of the 19th century. It’s extra wide (25 feet, according to PropertyShark), and appears to be in fairly decent shape with some nice details such as marble fireplaces. In the bathroom pictured, we’d lose the tile and plumbing bump-out, but keep the claw foot tub.

It’s set up as two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. Listed in October, it recently had a price cut and is now asking $3,300,000. There is an open house this weekend. Has anyone seen this in person? What do you think of it?

18 Douglass Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP

 

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The nine Townhouses of Cobble Hill have sold out after hitting the market over a year ago at 110-126 Congress Street, according to PR reps for developers JMH Development and Madison Estates. The Morris Adjmi-designed homes debuted in May 2013 with asking prices ranging from $3,650,000 for a three-bedroom, five-bath house to $3,875,000 for a five-bedroom, five-bathroom one.

Meanwhile, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, the four new-construction townhouses at 274-280 Hawthorne Street (above) are all in contract less than a month after listings appeared, Q at Parkside reported. The three-story, three-unit homes hit the market in mid-November, priced from $1,495,000 to $1,695,000.

That is very fast. The Q speculated the buyers are investors who plan to rent out the three-family houses. Based on the floor plans, prices, and the patterns we see in the area and elsewhere, we would have to agree.

274-280 Hawthorne [Q Parkside]
New-Construction Townhouses in PLG Start at $1.495 Million [Brownstoner]
Townhouses of Cobble Hill Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Landmarks praised BKSK Architects for its “contextual” design for a mixed-use building to replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, but asked the architects to scale down the windows, particularly on the side of the building on Henry Street, and reduce the bulkhead on the roof. Only one attendee at the meeting Tuesday spoke in favor of the building as it was, and the Cobble Heights Association and others spoke against it, New York YIMBY and The Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The building’s “large, industrial-looking windows…might be more appropriate in Red Hook,” said Barbara Zay of the Historic Districts Council, according to YIMBY. Click through to YIMBY to see the full presentation.

As you may recall, Community Board 6 rejected the proposal last month.

Apartment Design for Atlantic Avenue Gas Station Site Needs a Tuneup, Landmarks Decides [Eagle]
Landmarks Commission Not Ready to Approve New Building at 112 Atlantic Avenue [NYY]
112 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by BKSK Architects via NYY

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Developer Lonicera Partners and PKSB Architects are planning to build a modern-style two-story retail building in a landmarked area of Cobble Hill. The architects will reveal the design for 178 Court Street at a community board meeting December 4, DNAinfo reported.

Plans filed with the DOB call for a 30-foot-high building with 5,454 square feet of space. The building will entirely cover the lot, which is approximately 50 feet by 56 feet.

Lonicera Partners bought the empty lot in August for $1,733,334. If plans are approved quickly, the developers hope to start construction early next year and finish in nine months, an exec with the developer told DNA.

What would you like to see go in here?

Two-Story Retail Center Proposed for Court Street in Cobble Hill [DNA]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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Before the social service safety net programs of the New Deal, each municipality dealt with those in need in their own fashion. A great deal of charity was provided by churches, synagogues and other religious and private organizations, but most cities and towns also had their own alms and health programs, as well. In Brooklyn, much of this effort was coordinated by the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities, a private blanket organization which oversaw a multitude of smaller charitable programs. The Brooklyn Bureau of Charities was one of the many contributions to Brooklyn made by one of her greatest citizens, Seth Low. (more…)

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We get pretty excited whenever one of these adorable but tiny Warren Mews cottages comes up for sale, since it doesn’t happen often. Unfortunately, this one has lost its original staircase, floors and baseboards, but the floor plan is well designed.

Space is always a challenge in these workingmen’s cottages, built in 1878 by visionary philanthropist Alfred Tredway White, because they have only two small rooms on each floor. This house has rather cleverly turned the bottom and top floors into bedroom floors, each with one bedroom and one bathroom. (The open top floor is currently being used as a sewing studio.) The rear room of the garden floor functions as a mudroom-slash-laundry room, and the kitchen is on the parlor floor.

We could do without the exposed brick and beams, which belong in a loft, but those can be fixed. There’s an open house Sunday, November 9, from 1 to 3 pm.

The ask is $1,400,000. Do you think they’ll get it?

8 Warren Place [Corcoran] GMAP

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A listing has just gone up for one of the three townhouses created out of the landmarked 1902 Dudley Memorial medical building on Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The conversion has been in the works since 2007, and the townhouse at 118 Amity Street is asking $7,795,000.

That princely sum will get you a vertical slice of the French Renaissance palace-style building on its own tax lot, a side yard, and more than 6,000 square feet of interior space. There are five bedrooms, a wine cellar, a roof terrace with a hot tub, and lots of other high end features.

In 2012, Brown Harris Stevens put up a listing for a townhouse in the building with the price of $3,850,000 and the address of 355 Henry. We published the renderings for that sale and they look quite different. As far as we know, it is not in contract.

But the timing of this sale may be unfortunate — will the new owners be able to enjoy the hot tub and other amenities while development proceeds on the opposite corner at Long Island College Hospital?

118 Amity Street [Heights Realty Advisors]
118 Amity Street Listing [Official]
A Peek at Interior Plans for Amity Street Mansion [Brownstoner] (more…)