Photo at left by Gage Skidmore for Wikipedia Commons; photo at right by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

Golden Globe-winning actress Michelle Williams is the buyer of Prospect Park South’s most prominent house — a move we would not have predicted for such a famous actress. The gigantic Colonial Revival mansion at 1440 Albemarle Road has been on the market for about a year, most recently asking $2,450,000.

It’s a surprising choice of neighborhoods for a celebrity, but clearly Williams loves Brooklyn and has an independent streak when it comes to real estate. Brooklyn was largely unexplored territory for celebrities when Williams moved to Boerum Hill with then-partner Heath Ledger a decade ago.

She helped draw other boldface names to the borough, and recently sold that row house for $8,800,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)

203 marlborough road ditmas park 112014

The prices on these standalone houses south of Prospect Park have certainly crept up in the last few years, but this one seems to have most everything you could want. Designed in 1901 by John J. Petit, according to the listing, it has a dramatic staircase, fireplaces, wood work, stained glass, a shingled loggia, and a cute vintage kitchen with a red Chambers stove.

There are more than four bedrooms and plenty of bathrooms. The third floor is set up as an apartment with its own kitchen (and mini-split A/C), which the listing calls “guest quarters” since it’s a single family house. There is also a two-car garage and plenty of yard.

One thing to note: It’s very close to the railroad tracks. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,999,000?

203 Marlborough Road [Stribling] GMAP

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Amazeballs and awesomesauce, as the Yelpers say. We’re not sure how we missed this listing for the most prominent house in Prospect Park South, 1440 Albemarle Road, when it went up in July, but we’ve noticed now and the price just dropped 13 percent.

Some of the decor is a tad frou frou but it’s not permanent and doesn’t obscure the incredible bones of the house, including a huge bank of windows in a curved bay, a spiral stair with an oriel skylight, and fancy mantels and wood work galore. Delightfully, there are original kitchen built-ins and at least one original bathroom with a claw foot tub and leaded glass window.

Built in 1905, it was designed by architects Robert Bryson and Carroll Pratt in the Colonial Revival style (plus a grab bag of others). Do you think $2,450,000 (down from $2,800,000) is a good deal for this “massive Victorian steamboat of a house,” as our own Montrose Morris put it?

1440 Albemarle Road [Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate] GMAP
Building of the Day: 1440 Albemarle Road [Brownstoner]

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This rambling Victorian at 92 Argyle Road in Prospect Park South has to be one of the prettiest houses we’ve seen in Brooklyn. There are charming arches framing views into other rooms, inlaid floors, stained and leaded glass, bay windows, porches, a breakfast nook, bedrooms painted delightful shades of blue and green — and on and on.

It was built circa 1903 and designed by architect John Bay Slee, according to the listing. The kitchen has been tastefully updated with Craftsman-style cabinets and stainless steel appliances. There is also zoned central air and other new mechanicals. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,395,000?

92 Argyle Road [Halstead] GMAP

100 rugby road prospect park south

The Swiss chalet house at 100 Rugby Road in Prospect Park South sold earlier this month for $2,100,000, making it the second most expensive sale in the neighborhood as far as we know. The current record holder is the Carol H. Pratt-designed home at 147 Rugby Road, which went for $2,200,000 last September.

Blog 6sqft first broke the news that the seven bedroom, 3.5-bath house had sold. It first came on the market for $2,275,000 in January. Developer Dean Alvord, who purchased 60 acres to construct Prospect Park South, built the house in 1900, and architect John J. Petit designed it.

$2.1 Million Sale at 100 Rugby Road Is Record-Breaker for Prospect Park South [6sqft]
Prospect Park South’s Swiss Chalet on Market for $2.275 Million [Brownstoner]

Photo by Corcoran

Prospect Park South
91 Marlborough Road
Broker: Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate
Price: $2,388,000
Sunday 2:00 – 4:00

Windsor Terrace
592 16th Street
Broker: Halstead
Price: $2,350,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00

128 Douglass Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,599,000
Sunday 2:30 – 4:00

Bed Stuy
459 Lexington Avenue
Broker: Elliman
Price: $995,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00

Sentinel Real Estate, one of the largest apartment rental companies in the U.S., snapped up five rental buildings in Prospect Park South and one in Flatbush for $42,500,000, sources told The Real Deal. The deal closed April 29 and includes 261 units spread across four elevator buildings and two walkups.

The properties are 165 East 19th Street, 146 East 19th Street, 120 East 19th Street (pictured), 287 East 18th Street, 259 East 18th Street and 2105 Foster Avenue. Average rents in the buildings range from $870 a month at 146 East 19th Street to $1,344 a month at 2105 Foster Avenue.

The sellers were partners Pinnacle Group and Hudson Realty, who own at least 20 properties throughout Crown Heights and Prospect Park South.

Sentinel Real Estate Adds in NYC with $43 Million Brooklyn Buy [TRD]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

It will need work, but 112 Marlborough Road in Prospect Park South is a remarkable building, a landmarked late Victorian Tudor-Colonial Revival hybrid designed by noted architect John J. Petit. The exterior and the interior are fanciful and unique, with lots of asymmetry, two working fireplaces with Colonial Revival mantels, stained glass, tons of original wood work, and more diamond-paned windows than we have ever seen at one address before.

Judging by the photos, the house will need at least an electrical upgrade and a new kitchen and baths. (Though the floor plan indicates the topmost bath might be original and there could be half a passthrough remaining between the two large bedrooms.) Hopefully the original floors are intact under the wall-to-wall carpeting, although the wood floor in the hall looks new.

Did anyone see it in person Sunday at the open house? What do you think of it and the $2,400,000 asking price?

112 Marlborough Road [Elliman] GMAP

This Carol H. Pratt-designed 1910 house at 147 Rugby Road in Ditmas Park is up for rent, and it looks stellar if you have the dough. For $7,950 a month, you can have seven bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms with an enclosed porch, a sunroom, and lots of unusual, architect-designed touches. There are elaborate coffered and painted ceilings, a unique staircase, built-ins, mantels, stained glass, and on and on.

Check out the oval dining room with the metallic-painted molded plaster ceiling and leaded glass built-ins, and the parlor with the painted coffered ceiling, pocket doors, a wood burning fireplace and built-in bookcases. And the kitchen looks nicely renovated with its double oven and cherry floors. The house sold last September for $2,200,000, or roughly $529 per square foot, as one commenter pointed out.

What do you think of it?

147 Rugby Road [Corcoran] GMAP

Dreams of Ditmas but those gingerbread houses are out of reach? Maybe this new co-op listing at 1701 Albemarle Road might fit the bill. The 1,310-square-foot pad has some solid prewar details (though the listing admits it could use some TLC) and a generous layout. The two-bedroom unit has a maintenance of $707 and the asking price is $649,000.

1701 Albemarle Road, #F12 [Brooklyn Hearth Realty] GMAP

The Swiss chalet style house at 100 Rugby Road that was a Building of the Day in 2011 is on the market for $2,275,000, as Curbed was the first to note. The Prospect Park South home was designed by John J. Petit and built in 1900. The landmarked house still has some of its original interior details such as mantels and inlaid floors. It has a two-car garage. The ask makes it one of the most expensive properties in the area.

100 Rugby Road Listing [Corcoran]
This Adorable Chalet in Prospect Park South Wants $2.275 Million [Curbed]
Building of the Day: 100 Rugby Road [Brownstoner]