This three-bedroom condo at 1 Montgomery Place in Park Slope is very impressive. The 2,624-square-foot duplex has been carved out of a former mansion and includes a 750-square-foot private garden. The layout is much more generous than what you’d find in a typical brownstone and there are lots of original details. Asking price: $2,650,000.
The layout of this new listing at 25 Plaza Street in Park Slope is a little unusual. It’s listed as a studio but it’s really more of a small one-bedroom, depending on how you’d plan to use the space. The 500-square-foot pad is on the second floor of the 1941 doorman building. The wood floors are original but there’s no sign of any crown moldings and the one door in sight appears to not be original. Maintenance: $799. Asking price: $395,000.
It doesn’t get much more classic than a 1910 French Renaissance Axel Hedman limestone half a block from Prospect Park. The single family house at 627 3rd Street was a HOTD in 2010. It has three stories over an English basement and comes chock full of splendid period details as well as top-of-the-line upgrades such as central air.
Some of the features include an open-plan front parlor and center stair hall, a neo-Colonial-style wood mantel, a paneled dining room with coffered ceiling, elaborate parquet and inlaid floors, and the original pass-through sinks.
Looks like a proposed addition in 2011 didn’t happen. In fact, the house doesn’t seem to have changed much since it last traded for $3,297,500 in 2010. Now the ask is $3,950,000. Sound reasonable?
Name: Concert Grove Pavilion, aka Oriental Pavilion, in Prospect Park Address: 153 East Drive Cross Streets: Roughly between Beekman Place and Chester Court, closest through streets are Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue Neighborhood: Park Slope Year Built: 1874, rebuilt 1987 Architectural Style: Moorish/Indian-inspired Victorian Architect: Calvert Vaux and Thomas Wisedell Other works by architect: Jefferson Market Courthouse, Samuel J. Tilden House, original buildings of the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, among others. Parks with Olmsted: Central Park, Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park, and more Landmarked: Yes, part of Prospect Park HD, and on the National Register of Historic Places
The story: When Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted designed Prospect Park, they included a number of man-made structures to enhance the natural (created) beauty of the park and also promote various recreational activities. Let’s face it, strolling and hiking through acres of parkland is certainly a wonderful way to get out of the city for an afternoon, but one wants to be able to sit down once in a while. The Victorian women of the late 19th century especially needed to sit; they were wearing a lot of clothing, including being laced into hot, uncomfortable whalebone corsets underneath layers of skirts, petticoats and long sleeved garments. There were no sneakers then either. I don’t know how they did it.
Anyway, Olmsted and Vaux planned the park very carefully to include man-made structures whose form and function would add to the use and purpose of the park. They thought of different activities that could take place in the park, and planned them all out accordingly. All of the pathways and roads had a purpose, carefully leading park-goers from natural feature to natural feature, throughout the park. They planned the buildings with the same care.
The Oriental Pavilion was part of a section of the park called the Concert Grove. It was constructed as part of a promenade, a formal strolling place to see and be seen, on Music Island, which was an inlet on the lake. The Grove consisted of the promenade walkways, called the Esplanade, the Concert Grove House and this building, which was originally called the Concert Grove Pavilion. Both of the buildings were designed by Vaux and Thomas Wisedell, a London trained architect who at one time worked at Vaux & Withers, under Calvert Vaux. (more…)
A new 11-story residential development is planned for 4th Avenue between Douglass and Degraw Streets in Park Slope, according to a plan exam application first spotted by BuzzBuzzHome. The 18-unit building at 153 4th Avenue will have 15,414 square feet of residential space and 1,953 of community space. It will also have private storage, bike storage and a roof deck. The developer, Degraw Street Realty Corp., bought the land for $1,030,000 in 2008. S3 Architecture will design the building. The property currently houses a three-story building with a doctor’s office on the ground floor and three apartments above. GMAP
Technically a one-bedroom — with two baths — this garden-floor duplex has 1,800 square feet of space and a bonus room on the basement level. It’s also got a fair amount of late-Victorian detail, with a pier mirror, paneled dining room and a mantel. The kitchen has Corian counters, Italian lacquer cabinets and a glass tile backsplash. With a private garden and an ask of $1,749,000, do you think it would appeal to a family with children?
At a packed community board meeting last night, Park Slope Community Board Six’s land use committee voted no on Methodist Hospital’s request for a zoning variance to expand its facilities, The Brooklyn Eagle reported. Hundreds packed the auditorium for the four-hour meeting. The chair warned at the beginning that it might not have time to take a vote. Speakers testified they were concerned about the scale of the proposal and the impact on traffic in the neighborhood.
The committee rejected the proposal because it would alter the character of the neighborhood and was not the “minimum that could be requested,” said the Eagle. Some meeting attendees said they thought Methodist should expand by taking over the troubled LICH hospital in Cobble Hill instead.
Above and after the jump, renderings of the proposed facility. The vote is non binding.
The century-old Bennett House at 582 2nd Street in Park Slope is slated for a luxury condo conversion, according to reps from Town Residential. Ramon Maislen from Phasa Development will develop the four-story, seven-unit apartment building into three full-floor four-bedroom units and two duplex two-bedrooms. Amenities will include custom kitchen cabinetry, Calacatta marble countertops, wide plank ash flooring and a roof deck. Town Residential expects to launch sales for the development, which will be called The Bennett House, in January 2014.
Prolific Brooklyn architect Thomas Bennett designed the ornate limestone Renaissance Revival in 1909. Bennett, along with developer Louis Bonert, collaborated on several buildings throughout Park Slope and helped shape the neighborhood’s character.
Name: Row houses Address: 351-353 11th Street, 398-402 10th Street Cross Streets: 5th and 6th avenues Neighborhood: Park Slope Year Built: Between 1880 and 1883 Architectural Style: Neo-Grec Architect: Thomas Corrigan Other buildings by architect: Other properties on these two blocks, and in neighborhood, as well as in Bedford Stuyvesant. Both row houses and flats Landmarked: No
The story: These houses caught my eye as I was looking at some old maps of Park Slope while researching another property. It’s always unusual to see some kind of garage or outbuilding behind closed-in lots, so I took a closer look. What I found was unusual: two sets of identical houses back to back on 10th and 11th streets, between 5th and 6th avenues in Park Slope. Not only were they identical, they were unusual in their own right. The house at 351 11th Street is the usual 20-foot-wide row house, but its next door neighbor is an unusually wide 30 feet. Oddly enough, the houses that back this pair are not on similar sized lots. The lot directly behind 351 11th Street, the 20-foot lot, is 398 10th Street, the 30-foot house, and similarly, the lot behind 353 11th Street, which is that block’s 30 footer, is 402 10th Street, the 20-foot-wide house. What keeps the lot lines from looking skewed is the presence of two outbuildings that span both lots. There must be a story here.
The 1888 map of the street notes that one of the outbuildings was a carpentry shop. Both outbuildings were two stories. The reason the 30-foot buildings are 30 feet wide was to accommodate a 10-foot-wide gate and driveway that led to the back. This feature is quite common in other older neighborhoods, like Brooklyn Heights and Wallabout, where many clapboarded wood framed houses had the drive that led to the stables in back. Whoever designed these buildings took that idea and used it on these brick Neo-Grec row houses. (more…)
This charming two-bedroom floor-through co-op at 446 5th Street in Park Slope hit the market earlier this month with an asking price of $697,000. It’s in great shape, having undergone a recent renovation, and is intelligently laid out. You’ve got all your classic brownstone touches like the fireplace, wood floors and plaster moldings. The kitchen, with its exposed beams and big country sink, is well done too. You like?
Park Slope seems to have an endless supply of perfect Victorians for sale. This one at 505 1st Street has African mahogany built-ins and mantels in the formal rooms that look like they’ve never seen a paintbrush. There are also inlaid parquet floors, pocket doors, molding and plasterwork, an elaborate staircase, an entry seat, two wood burning fireplaces, original shutters and just about every other original detail you could wish for, although it looks like the original passthrough sinks may be gone. It’s currently configured as an owner’s triplex over a garden rental, with a kitchen in the third parlor in the extension. The bathrooms are updated, and other modern improvements include a deck off the parlor kitchen and a powder room tucked under the stairs on the parlor floor. Perhaps most crucially, especially for this neighborhood, it comes with a deeded parking space across the street. Do you think the $3,950,000 ask sounds about right?
If a full brownstone in Park Slope is out of your budget, perhaps half a brownstone will do? That’s the pitch with this new lower-duplex listing at 838 President Street. The four-bedroom apartment has been recently renovated in an upscale manner — though we’re not loving all those dropped ceilings with recessed lighting. It’s in great shape though and the location — less than two blocks from the park and Grand Army Plaza — is hard to beat. Asking price for the 1,840-square-foot pad? $2,250,000.