363-365A 14th St. KL, PS. 3

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 363-364A 14th Street
Cross Streets: 6th and 7th avenues
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1886
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Charles L. Lincoln
Other works by architect: Restrooms, potting sheds, boulder bridges and other structures in Prospect Park, as well as other projects in Brooklyn and Queens
Landmarked: No

The story: These are absolutely delightful houses. These modest Queen Anne cottages were the work of a Brooklyn architect who is little remembered today, built by a developer whose name has also disappeared. From this obscurity comes a great story.

This block of 14th Street is a great example of the middle-class building development that characterized this neighborhood during the latter part of the 19th century. Up on the hill near the park, the houses were taller, more elaborate, and more often than not designed by some of Brooklyn’s best known architects.

Here in the South Slope, this block was more the norm – smaller houses, more wood frames, and a simplicity that spoke of smaller budgets. And then you have this pair of double houses. (more…)

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This brick row house at 468 11th Street in Park Slope has been renovated with a minimalist sensibility, yet an effort has been made to retain the home’s original details — stripped wood moldings and doors, fireplaces and wide plank floors. It’s only 16.58 feet wide, but has been opened up on the parlor floor so the rooms use the full width of the house.

There is a working fireplace, kitchen with marble counters, and a pantry, powder room and coat closet on the parlor floor. (more…)

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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…)

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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.

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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…)

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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?

213 13th Street [Corcoran] GMAP
Photos by Corcoran

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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.

New Park Slope Condos Masquerade as an Old Townhouse [Curbed]
289 13th Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP (more…)

199 17th Street, SSPellen 3

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

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…)

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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.

Filling in a Buy-up Gap at 4th and 15th? [One More Folded Sunset]
Photo via One More Folded Sunset

251 12th Street, 12th St. Reformed Church, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

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…)

195 PPW

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.

195 Prospect Park West, #3A [Corcoran] GMAP