This two-bedroom floor-through in Windsor Terrace has some lovely prewar details. The ornate fretwork screen is very pretty, and there are some nice moldings on the walls and around the windows, along with a decorative fireplace. The kitchen and bathroom both seem serviceable and clean, though maybe not exactly modern. However, the kitchen looks quite large, as does the master bedroom and the living room. And it’s not terribly far from Prospect Park and the F/G trains. What do you think of it for $2,600 a month?
If you do not already live in Windsor Terrace, perhaps you’ve thought about it. Specifically, you may have noted its proximity to Prospect Park and wondered if there are any secret housing bargains to be found there — if you’ve heard of the neighborhood at all.
A story in The New York Times real estate section looking at what it’s like to live in the area does not entirely clear up this question. The area is relatively small with few transactions, so it’s hard to get a grip on what things cost there, according to the story. However, it appears Windsor Terrace is competitive with if not more expensive than South Slope, with prices for row houses clocking in at “nearly $2,000,000,” according to the Times.
The one large grocery store in the area, Key Food, famously closed, but is expected to open a small outpost in its former home, now a Walgreens, this coming spring. In late November, only 15 properties of any kind were on the market. The F train takes about 40 minutes to get to midtown, according to the story.
If you live there, does the Times writeup ring true? What is your favorite thing about the area?
We don’t know much about Windsor Terrace but its proximity to the park seems like it would be a big plus. This mixed-use property has some nice details and upgrades as well as a two-car garage. It’s close to the F and G trains, a farmer’s market, P.S. 154, and the park, according to the listing. Upstairs are two floor-through apartments with two and three bedrooms; downstairs is an open space that could work as a studio or store. What do you think of it for $2,300,000?
This turn-of-the-last-century brick row house with porch in Windsor Terrace looks to be in great shape. There’s no fireplace, but it does have a center stair and hall, pier mirror, tile entry, and modern layout with all the living on one floor. The kitchen has been charmingly renovated (we don’t know what that counter material is but we like it) although we’d rather tile than exposed brick. Does $1,700,000 seem about right for a 1,500-square-foot, two-story one-family right by the park?
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is located at the newish condo building off Prospect Park at 346 Coney Island Avenue. It comes with 1,183 square feet, two balconies, and a washer/dryer. You also get a few condo perks like doorman service, a gym and a roof deck. The whole shebang is asking $3,100 a month. Seem right to you?
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom rental comes from the Park Circle condo building at 346 Ocean Avenue, right off the park. The listing says it’s 1,183 square feet, but the rooms look a little cramped in the photos. Otherwise, the finishes are nice and shiny. There are also two private balconies. Asking rent comes in at $3,250 a month. For the condo space, and the park access, think that’s about right? 346 Coney Island Avenue [Corcoran] GMAPP*Shark
Grassroots nonprofit Solarize Brooklyn just launched with the aim of bringing cost-effective solar power to Brooklyn homeowners on a large scale. The 2013 campaign will focus on bringing solar power into Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush with the help of Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace, Sustainable Flatbush, and Solar 1. The program will provide community purchasing power to acquire solar systems at a discount, certified solar installers, and education and information about solar power, energy savings and tax incentives. This is the first time residents will have access to “group buying” of solar energy in Brooklyn. Solarize Brooklyn has already picked the two solar installers serving the program from various candidates. For more information, Solarize is hosting a Community Education Session on June 1 — sign up here. Neighborhood residents will have until June 30 to sign up for free assessments from contractors and the solar installations will begin in late 2013 and early 2014.
We’re totally smitten with Kermit Place, a short block of Windsor Terrace that’s long on charm. Here’s a three-bedroom rental at No. 39, and it’s the full second floor of the home. If all three bedrooms are decently sized and have windows, the rent of $2,300 isn’t bad at all. The apartment is only a few blocks from the Fort Hamilton F and G trains as well as Prospect Park. 39 Kermit Place [Corcoran] GMAPP*Shark
1. MIDWOOD $2,065,000 1028 East 9th StreetGMAPP*Shark No listing for this one-family home. Deed recorded on 4/18/2013.
2. WINDSOR TERRACE $1,780,000 598 17th StreetGMAPP*Shark
This brick townhouse is separated into three units. Here’s the listing for it. The building was listed in December for $1,890,000. Deed recorded on 4/15/2013.
3. DITMAS PARK $1,720,000 456 East 19th StreetGMAPP*Shark
An Open House Pick in October, when it was asking $1,675,000. Demand in Ditmas for this nine-bedroom Victorian home! Here’s the listing of this impressive home. Deed recorded on 4/15/2013.
4. SOUTH SLOPE $1,700,000 196 15th StreetGMAPP*Shark The listing was pulled for this home but we’re curious! Anybody check out this South Slope home when it was on the market? It last traded for $650,000 in 2007. Deed recorded on 4/16/2013.
The listing photos aren’t great, but we spot some promising features at this Windsor Terrace three-bedroom. It’s an 875-square-foot floorthrough with hardwood floors and big windows. The asking rent: $2,900 a month. 307 Vanderbilt Street [Triumph Property] GMAPP*Shark
I get my “past” photos from a number of sources, and one of them is eBay. There are thousands of old postcards of Brooklyn for sale every day, many of them showing places that I had no idea existed. It’s always fun to find those, amidst the hundreds of postcards of the Brooklyn Bridge, Prospect Park and Coney Island. I’ve found some of my favorite “Past and Presents” there, and I’ve bought many cards over the years. My search today landed me this little gem – the Prospect Park Baptist Church.
At first glance, I just loved this cute little shingled church, and since I have a passing familiarity with most of the areas around Prospect Park, I didn’t recognize this one at all. One of the things that drew my eye to the photo was that the church looked like it was floating above the ground. With its wooden shingles and steep pitched roof, it looked like an ark. Was that on purpose, did the architect want to have the congregation feel like they were being saved in an actual ark? Perhaps he did, but blowing the photo up a bit tells the story – the church was on skids and/or wheels, and was in the process of being moved. (more…)