This wood frame house at 326 15th Street in Park Slope is unstoppably cute on the outside with shingles, a bay window, elaborate cornice, and blue and white color scheme. Inside, the great room on the garden floor is unusual and interesting.
The garden floor has been opened up, with exposed wood beams, wood columns, wood counters in the kitchen, and a hand cut wood screen above the tiled sink area. Yes, you’re looking at a handmade 1970s hippie kitchen and, yes, we truly love it. (Quick, someone alert the Hippy Kitchens Tumblr.) (more…)
An unusual property, a landmarked row of seven apartment buildings on 14th Street, directly across the street from the Park Slope Armory YMCA in South Slope, is up for sale. The buildings at 409-421 14th Street, which have a total of 44 rental units, are being marketed for $16,500,000.
It’s a remarkable row of buildings. The larger apartment building at 409 14th Street has eight two- and three-bedroom units. The six three-story brick buildings look like small row houses and have one-bedroom units.
The buildings are all on one city tax lot and appear to have been designed to have one owner — they are all heated by one massive boiler in the eight-unit building. Combined, the buildings have 150 feet of frontage on 14th street.
The larger building at 409 14th Street was built around 1909 in the Colonial Revival style. The others are all Neo-Grec and were built around 1887 by Conlon & White. Some of the entrances were later altered in the Colonial Revival style.
This circa-1900 barrel-fronted brick three-family with limestone details seems to have all its original details intact as well as updated mechanicals, kitchens and baths. We see a pier mirror, stained glass windows, original parquet, moldings and a decorative screen.
There is no floor plan, but based on what we can glean from the listing, it looks like an original three-family with one apartment per floor. it’s 19 wide by 47 feet long, according to the listing, or about 2,680 square feet.
It’s also steps from Prospect Park. The ask is $2,750,000. Do you think it makes sense as an investment property or an owner-occupied house?
461 15th Street [ABBA Realty Associates] GMAP Interior photos by ABBA Realty Associates, exterior photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark(more…)
This brick home at 213 13th Street in South Slope has plenty of stately original Italianate-slash-Neo Grec details on the parlor and bedroom floors, including three carved marble mantels.
It’s set up as a one-family, with kitchen and dining on the parlor floor. The ground floor is currently an open-plan “recreation room,” but there’s room for an additional bedroom or two, as the alternate floor plan on the listing suggests.
It’s 17.67 feet wide and 35 deep, according to PropertyShark, or about 1,855 square feet. It was an Open House Pick in 2007, but last sold for $798,250 in 2004.
With an ask of $1,795,000, do you think it’s attractive?
This new townhouse development in South Slope has put its first three units on the market — all two bedroom apartments. The most expensive unit in the building at 289 13th Street is a duplex consisting of the garden level and finished cellar with a back yard for $1,599,000.
The parlor floor unit, which has a rear balcony and access to its own roof deck, is asking $999,000. The top floor apartment, which also has a rear balcony and a roof deck, is asking $1,029,000.
While the building is a story taller than those of the adjacent houses, the architect, Ben Ellis of Ellis + Donnelly Studio managed to create a design that, for the most part, fits in well with its neighbors by incorporating red brick, stone lintels and a cornice. The interiors, however, are modern.
Curbed, which first reported on the development, took issue with the kitchens — which are a far cry from the typical subway tile and slab of marble — calling them “some of the ugliest kitchens in the world.”
What do you think about them, and the rest of the project? Click through for images of the kitchens and more.
Name: Semi-detached row house Address: 199 17th Street Cross Streets: 4th and 5th Avenues Neighborhood: South Slope Year Built: Before 1880 Architectural Style: Simplified Italianate Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: When Brooklyn developed, it wasn’t always in solid waves, with housing spreading out like Lego blocks across the map. Some areas were farms that were slowly subdivided into lots. Some neighborhoods grew as towns, like Bedford; a crossroads that slowly grew to be much more down the road. Other towns grew totally off the standard rectangular street grid, like Weeksville.The streets that make up the South Slope had an interesting path to development. Houses here were built in fits and starts. Some of the land was farmland, although not particularly good farmland, it was hilly and rocky, the legacy of glacial activity.
The street grid was established well before the Civil War, but insurance maps don’t show a whole lot going on here until after the war. Some parts of the neighborhood had a reputation as a dumping ground, where one could conveniently get rid of all kinds of things, including an occasional body. For many years these blocks were just scruffy fields. Then as Green-Wood Cemetery grew in size and popularity as a tourist destination, and Park Slope began to flourish, this area began to be developed, as well. (more…)
A local investor has been buying up properties on 4th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets in South Slope, which could mean a new megadevelopment is coming to the block. One More Folded Sunset noticed that six buildings on the east side of the avenue have recently changed hands. The sale of 549 4th Avenue last month, for $2,250,000, filled in the last gap in a contiguous run from 543 to 553 4th Avenue.
The blog wondered if more buildings in the row might be next, particularly No. 541, on the corner of 15th Street, which has an interesting old ad for Uneeda Biscuits still faintly visible on its brick. All of the properties are typical 20-foot-wide, three-family apartment buildings with storefronts. We don’t see any demolition permits yet.
The buyer is an LLC with an address on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. Anshel Fridman of Nalcorp Investment Group is the managing member, according to deeds and mortgage documents.
Name: Built as the Twelfth Street Reformed Church, now the Park Slope Community Church (Baptist) Address: 251 12th Street Cross Streets: 4th and 5th Avenues Neighborhood: South Slope Year Built: 1869 Architectural Style:Rundbogenstil Romanesque Revival Architect: Gamaliel King Other buildings by architect: Brooklyn City (now Borough) Hall, St. Paul’s Church in Cobble Hill, Kings County Savings Bank, Williamsburg (with Wm H. Willcox). Demolished – Kings County Courthouse Landmarked: No
The story: In 1840, members of the South Reformed Dutch Church, located in Gowanus, at 43rd and 3rd, met to discuss dividing the church into two different churches, with a new church in the northern part of what was then called South Brooklyn. Among those advocating starting the new church were members of the Bergen and Van Nostrand families. There would be 40 new members splitting off, in all, in an amicable division. They called the new congregation The North Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Gowanus. They bought a plot of land on 3rd Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets, and built a church. For several years, both shared the same pastor, the Rev. S. M. Woodbridge.
In 1851, the hierarchy of the Reformed Church formally separated the two churches and North Reformed got their own minister. A few years later, in 1856, a yellow fever epidemic struck Brooklyn and decimated the population of the older South Church. Many of them joined North Reformed. They needed a new building. Funds were raised, and the congregation purchased another plot of land, this one on 12th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues. (more…)
The floor plan is a little funky and there’s only one bathroom, but it’s hard to find a two-bedroom overlooking Prospect Park for $729,000 these days, especially one in move-in condition. The prewar building at 195 Prospect Park West is on the traffic circle at 15th Street — and has the curved facade to prove it. Seems like a decent deal to us, especially with a monthly maintenance of just $907.
This South Slope three-bedroom in a newish building seems pleasant except that it overlooks the Prospect Expressway. The apartment is 1,500 square feet and has two full baths and a balcony. Rent includes a deeded parking spot in the building’s garage and a storage unit. There’s also central air and a washer/dryer. (more…)
Name: Park Slope YMCA Address: 357 9th Street Cross Streets: 5th and 6th avenues Neighborhood: South Slope Year Built: 1925-27 Architectural Style: Neo-Georgian Architect: Unknown, perhaps Trowbridge & Ackerman Other Buildings by Architect: Hanson Place YMCA Landmarked: No
The story: The YMCA of Brooklyn has a long and interesting history. The Young Men’s Christian Association started in London in 1844, as a religious ministry to young men, especially sailors, of any social class, alone and friendless in the big city. They had a place to meet, engage in Bible Study, and keep off the dangerous streets of London. The idea rapidly spread to other cities and other countries. The first Brooklyn YMCA was established in 1853, and by 1866, they had their own building on Fulton Street, near Gallatin Place. That was too small in no time, and a new building, the first Y to have an indoor pool, was built further down Fulton, near Bond.
More branches soon opened up in Brooklyn. In the Park Slope neighborhood, the organization purchased a mansion at 357 9th Street in 1891, and opened the Park Slope Branch of the Y.M.C.A. Because this was both a religious and recreational facility, there were lecture rooms and an auditorium space, as well as rooms for gymnastics and sports. There was also space to board a few young men. It was the Young Men’s Association, so there were no female members, they had their own Young Women’s Christian Association. (more…)
Adam America Real Estate Group and Slate Property Group, along with parter AEW Capital Management, are developing yet another 4th Avenue property. The trio plans to build a mixed-use building with 141 rental units at 535 4th Avenue between 14th and 15th streets in South Slope, The Real Deal reported.
They didn’t buy the lot but are leasing it for 99 years for $10 a buildable square foot, or about $1,180,000 a year. Aufgang Architects will design the building, where rents will start at about $2,000 a month for studios. The retail spaces will be large enough for national retailers. The property currently houses a one-story garage, above.
Adam America and Slate are also developing mixed-use buildings at 470 4th Avenue and 275 4th Avenue, as previously reported. Meanwhile, Slate also bought a 20-unit rental building at 310 12th Street for $6,000,000, according to the story.