770 Rugby Road1

We don’t often come across houses this spectacular. A freestanding circa-1905 Victorian with a porch at 770 Rugby Road in Midwood, the house has oodles of woodwork in seemingly perfect original condition, diagonal flooring with inlaid borders, coffered ceilings, original mantels, and intricate stained glass.

There are also early electric light fixtures, original unpainted cabinets in the kitchen, a period stove, and an old-fashioned style bath, although the mechanicals have been updated. The roof and boiler are new.

There are six bedrooms and 2.5 baths over three floors, as well as a two-car garage. It’s close to the B and Q trains, according to the listing.

What do you think of it and the ask of $2,195,000?

770 Rugby Road [Dwell Residential] GMAP (more…)

1078 east 10th street 1

We don’t often see listings for houses in Midwood, and this one has a lot of charm. We’re suckers for shingles, and this one-family at 1078 East 10th Street also has a porch and other circa-1900 goodies. These include a coffered ceiling in the dining room, stained glass, parquet, mantel, and lots of original wood work.

There’s also a butler’s pantry and sun room, and we think we glimpse an original kitchen in one of the photos. Swoon. The ask is $1,400,000. Does that sound about right for the property and the area?

1078 East 10th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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1329 east 17th street midwood 42014

Five months after launching sales, contracts have been signed for every unit at the Gray Stone Condos in Midwood, a spokesperson for Aptsandlofts.com told us. The six-story, 10-unit property at 1329 East 17th Street has one-bedrooms with home offices priced from $395,000 to $435,000. They also have central air, washer/dryer hookups and private outdoor space.

At about 815 square feet each, the prices work out to less than $533 a square foot — considerably more affordable than some parts of Brooklyn but potentially more expensive than an older apartment in Midwood. We won’t know what buyers paid until the sales close and hit public records.

“Boutique” Condos Launch Sales in Midwood [Brownstoner] GMAP
1329 East 17th Street [Aptsandlofts.com] 

A new boutique condo development has hit the market at 1329 East 17th Street in Midwood, with one-bedrooms starting at $399,000. The Gray Stone has “one bedrooms plus home offices,” according to the Aptsandlofts.com listing.

There are currently five units on the market at the six-story building, which has a common roof deck. Each apartment is about 815 square feet and has nine-foot ceilings, washer/dryer hookups, central heating and cooling, and private outdoor space.

1329 East 17th Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

 

This sweet little bay windowed Colonial in South Midwood looks like it has a ton of potential and won’t take much work. We’re digging the spacious floor plan, the wallpaper in the dining room, Chambers stove, claw foot tub, and built-in bookcases. The bathrooms, while not original, look to be in good condition. There is also a garage.

While the listing says nothing about mechanicals or roofs, going by the photos all it seems to need is a new kitchen, a mantel in the dining room, and some sprucing up with some fresh paint. What do you think of it for $990,000?

792 East 21st Street [Mary Kay Gallagher] GMAP

 

The interior of this single-family Midwood house looks like a shopping mall or cruise ship, but we have to give the architect points for not designing a typical McMansion on the outside. There is perhaps a bit too much going on, particularly with the second story balcony, but overall the facade is refreshingly original — at least we’ve never seen anything like it. We like the asymmetry and the curious window detail on the bottom left.

Although the listing says it’s a one-family, it also says there’s a separate one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with its own entrance in the basement. In the owner’s triplex, there are five bedrooms and two baths. There’s also a fountain, pictured above, marble floors and a “breath grasping chandelier,” as the listing puts it.

Sheepshead Bites noted the ask of $1,850,000 is about twice what houses usually go for in Midwood. Think they’ll get it?

1133 East 24th Street [Oxford Property Group] GMAP

It’s rare to find a house in Brooklyn that needs only cosmetic restyling to totally transform it, but this one-family at 1220 East 28th Street might be one of them. We think we spy under a lot of curtains tons of original Craftsman detail, including a built-in breakfast nook, moldings, faux painted doors, coved ceilings, inlaid floors and — best and rarest of all — original windows.

The ad says nothing about mechanicals but the house looks well maintained in the photos. The recently updated kitchen is not bad at all — love those wood floors — and with new paint, knobs, a subway tile backsplash, and an Ikea butcher block counter, it could be even better.

There are three bedrooms, one bath, and a two-car garage. For $761,000, it seems like a pretty good deal to us. What’s your opinion?

1220 East 28th Street [Elliman] GMAP

Usually a two-family consisting of two identical units on two floors would be too small for an owner-occupant, but this one strikes us as very livable for a family. Each apartment has three real bedrooms off a hallway, and the entertaining rooms are graciously arranged enfilade with a sunroom and lots of windows.

There are also some nice early 20th century details, such as moldings and doors. And it comes with a garage and a small yard. The listing makes no mention of the mechanicals or other systems, though. Did anyone see it when it was an open house pick? Does the ask of $1,200,000 seem reasonable for this location?

1591 East 17th Street [Stribling & Associates] GMAP

This junior four co-op at the edge of Midwood and Flatbush Kensington is small but charming. The master bedroom is decently sized and the second one is 8 by 10 feet and off the galley kitchen, according to the floor plan. It seems like a good choice for a couple with a small child or roommates who don’t mind splitting the rent unevenly.

The kitchen and bathroom are recently updated, according to the listing, although the photos don’t show it. The bathroom has kind of a retro feel with the brown accents. Do you think the $1,800 a month rent is ambitious for the location?

770 Ocean Parkway [Fillmore] GMAP

This new listing at 1119 Ocean Parkway isn’t the sexiest apartment in town but at $370,000 for 1,150 square feet it’s one of the better bangs for the buck on the market right now. In addition to two bedrooms, there’s a huge living/dining space, part of which could be annexed for a third bedroom, it looks like. The kitchen and bathroom are recently remodeled, but look a little drab to us nonetheless. The monthly maintenance is $760. What do you think of it?

1119 Ocean Parkway, #6H [Keller Williams] GMAP

1073 Ocean Ave. OurLadyOfRefuge, nycago.org 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church
Address: 1073 Ocean Avenue
Cross Streets: Foster Avenue and Farragut Road
Neighborhood: Midwood
Year Built: 1933-1934
Architectural Style: French Gothic
Architect: Henry V. Murphy
Other works by architect: St. Peter Claver School in Bed Stuy, garage/house at 152 Berkeley Place in Park Slope, with Edward H. Lehmann, first four buildings of St. John’s University, Queens.
Landmarked: No

The story: It’s not often we have a good photographic record of a Brooklyn building’s construction. The parishioners at Our Lady of Refuge are fortunate, as are those of us who appreciate church architecture. The Brooklyn Eagle took a lot of pictures when this building was going up, giving us an excellent visual history to go along with the names and dates.

Houses of worship are important parts of neighborhood development, so when Irish and German Catholics began settling in Midwood at the turn of the 20th century, it was important for them to have a church in their midst. Brooklyn’s Catholic Bishop in 1911 was Bishop Charles Edward McDonnell. He authorized the building of a new parish, and sent out Rev. Robert O’Donovan to be the first priest. For some reason it was hard to buy land in this part of Flatbush, but Fr. O’Donovan prevailed, and was able to buy this plot on Ocean Avenue near Foster. The cornerstone for the first church was laid, and a small, one story church was built in 1912.

This simple chapel didn’t take much time to build, and only two weeks later, the first mass was held in the unfinished space. That September, only five months from the ground breaking, the church was done, and was dedicated by the Bishop. Photographs show a modest chapel, which the congregation soon outgrew. By 1928, Our Lady of Refuge was in dire need of more room.

Father O’Donovan organized a fund raising campaign, and eminent Catholic church architect Henry V. Murphy was signed on to design a large new church, big enough to accommodate more community growth. Murphy, who was a very versatile designer of sacred spaces, designed a French Gothic church that still manages to be very 20th century, with a hint of Deco sensibility. Just take a look at his St. Peter Claver School to see him go full blown Catholic Deco. (more…)