With the Memorial Day holiday coming up Monday, there aren’t a whole lot of open houses happening this weekend. But we did find a few worth a look that we haven’t covered before.

All of them are renovated and appear to be in move-in condition, going by the photos.

The neighborhoods they represent are more varied than usual and include a rare listing in Kensington as well as property in Greenpoint, both with a few original details. There’s also a Colonial Revival in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and a better-than-average flip in Bushwick.

Which one do you think offers the best value?

1111 Jefferson Avenue

1111 Jefferson Avenue in Bushwick
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,200,000
Sunday 2:00-3:00
Photo by Corcoran


All of our Open House Picks this week have curb appeal. Our Park Slope pick has a brownstone and ashlar Romanesque Revival-Queen Anne facade with an unusual cornice. All the others have handsome bow fronts.

Inside, they are all renovated, with varying levels of original detail left, except for our bargain pick in Crown Heights. That one needs renovation, according to the listing, but is priced accordingly.

Which one do you like best? Let us know if you check any out in person this weekend.


721 President Street in Park Slope
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,100,000
Sunday 2:00-1:30
Photo by Corcoran (more…)

All four of these Open House Picks sold, and they all sold under the asking price — unusual in this frenetic market. The biggest discount went to 171 Gates Avenue, a three-story, two-family house with lots of details in need of a renovation.

It went for $150,000 under the asking price. Still, in the grand scheme of things, the final sale prices weren’t anything to sneeze at — especially in Bushwick and South Slope, where both homes went for considerably more than a million.


Open House Picks 11/07/14 [Brownstoner]

Our two most expensive picks this week are fixer uppers. The one on 2nd Place is a riot of shag carpeting and wood panelling and may need facade work as well, going by the photos. Its redeeming feature is its location on a coveted Place block in Carroll Gardens, with an extra-deep front yard.

Our Bed Stuy pick has the profusion of details buyers of historic Brooklyn townhouses are looking for, although we’re not in love with all the updates. In Greenwood Heights, a similarly priced pick is in move-in condition but kind of plain. Which of the four do you think is the best value?

512 Decatur Street

512 Decatur Street in Bed Stuy
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,500,000
Sunday 12:00-1:00
Photo by Corcoran


Usually we see closed deals six months after an open house, particularly in this strong market. Some of these picks have moved more slowly than usual.

The house at 12 Berkeley Place has closed, the agent told us, but has not yet hit public records so we don’t know the price. The Greenpoint house is in contract, according to the broker.

The Crown Heights house at 1111 Park Place has been taken off the market. We reached out to the broker for more details but have not heard back.

The brownstone on Chauncey Street in Stuyvesant Heights went for $100,000 below asking.

OHP6ML5.8 Open House Picks 10/31/14 [Brownstoner]

Update: The agent for 1111 Park Place let us know the sale closed on January 29 for $1,405,000. However, the sale does not appear in public records.

Our Open House Picks for this weekend all have a lavish amount of detail on the parlor floors, including original mantels in all the parlors. Check out also the stunning dining room in our under-a-million-dollar listing in south Crown Heights: It has a coffered ceiling, original paneling with a fence and vine motif, and a built-in window seat.

355 Pacific Street

355 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $4,595,000
Sunday 12:00-2:00
Photo by Corcoran (more…)

The small Carroll Gardens house — which was a House of the Day when it was on the market way back in 2009 — is the big winner in this round of Open House Picks. Only 2,100 square feet, it went for $200,000 over asking.

The Prospect Lefferts Gardens house went for $146,000 below asking. And the Bushwick house got taken off the market and has returned priced even higher than the last time.


Open House Picks 10/24/14 [Brownstoner]

Today’s Open House Picks are all updated and offer a variety of styles: 633 MacDonough Street has a rustic renovation featuring exposed beams and exposed brick (painted white). The most expensive of the four, 395 14th Street in South Slope, has a clean, almost completely modern look with no details.

In Bushwick, 228a Palmetto Street is probably a flip but it’s more luxurious than most, with diagonal floors, original mantels still intact, and a kitchen island with vintage style details. Bed Stuy’s 326 Greene Avenue is the most traditional of them all, with plenty of original detail and updated kitchens and baths.

395-14th-street-042415South Slope
395 14th Street
Broker: Oxford Property Group
Price: $2,850,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00

326-greene-avenue-042415Bed Stuy
326 Greene Avenue
Broker: Ideal Properties
Price: $2,100,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

633-macdonough-street-042415Bed Stuy
633 MacDonough Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,450,000
Sunday 12:30 – 2:00

228a Palmetto Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,100,000
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30

All four of our open house picks sold within six months. 102 Gates Avenue in Clinton Hill closed for more than $150,000 above ask.

The buyer of 396 Vanderbilt got a $100,000 discount in November. The buyer of 470 Macdonough street paid slightly below ask, and the sellers of 67 East 2nd Street in Windsor Terrace got the biggest bump of all when their house closed for $187,000 more than its list price.


Open House Picks 10/17/14 [Brownstoner]

All our picks today are renovated with details, and the prices show “emerging” and “prime” Brooklyn converging again. Nothing is under a million, with three just under $2,000,000 and one just under $3,000,000.

The most expensive listing, in Park Slope, is relatively affordable for the area and has charm to spare. Our first Crown Heights pick has particularly lavish wood work and mantels.

291-8th-street-s-041715Park Slope
291 8th Street
Broker: Brooklyn Properties
Price: $2,700,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00

1134-bergen-041715Crown Heights
1134 Bergen Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,895,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

633-st-johns-place-041715Crown Heights
633 St. Johns Place
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,770,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

354a-20th-street-041715Greenwood Heights
354a 20th Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,689,000
Sunday 12:30 – 2:00

Good news for prospective buyers out there: Not everything sells at or over ask. Three out of the four properties below did sell, and one is in contract, so they are moving.

The discount on the PLG and Bed Stuy houses was pretty substantial($164,000 and $220,000). The Flatbush house, the least expensive of the bunch, went just under ask.

If the Bushwick house is in contract for the last ask, $999,000, that’s a hefty discount too.

Open House Picks Six Months Later 4-16-15