Fall house-hunting season is in full swing and there’s plenty of inventory — good news for those who are house hunting or just like to spend Sundays gawking at real estate. Here are a few on view this weekend, spanning Fort Greene, Midwood and Crown Heights.

On Ashland Place in Fort Greene we’ve got a four-story brownstone that’s a generous 22 feet wide, with an extra-grand, richly detailed parlor floor. It’s set up as a one-family, with five bedrooms and a study spread over the top two floors.

Not far away on Clermont Avenue, we present a three-story frame house with a front porch and a front garden, being shown for the first time. This one is a two-family, with a rental on the garden level and a four-bedroom duplex above, which has undergone a “partial renovation.”

Moving over to East 24th Street in Midwood, we’ve got a massive 1910 Victorian that’s set up as a single home, but could be converted to a two-family. Opt for the first scenario and you’ve got seven bedrooms to play with, not to mention enough auto capacity for a car collector, with a two-car garage and a driveway that will fit four more.

Last up is a limestone located on Union Street in Crown Heights. This one’s got an owner’s duplex with a three-bedroom rental on the top floor, and is newly renovated with updated electrical, plumbing and mechanicals.

Brooklyn Open Houses -- Midwood, Fort Greene, Crown Heights

185 Ashland Place in Fort Greene
Price: $2,595,000
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Sunday 2-4 p.m. (more…)

All sold — again! That marks two weeks in a row Brownstoner’s Open House Picks have all been bought up. It should come as no surprise, really, considering the hot Brooklyn market, but in fact it’s rare.

The detail-less Carroll Gardens listing sold for $201,000 above ask, but the final price for the two-story townhouse was still considerably lower than is typical for brownstones in the area. The two-family Crown Heights property got its ask exactly.

The Williamsburg three-story single-family sold for $16,000 above ask, raking in $65,000 more than the Crown Heights home. Over in East Flatbush, nearly a mile from any subway, the property sold, but for $40,000 under ask, the final number not even breaking half a million.

Open House Picks 6 Months Later

Related Stories
Open House Picks: Architect’s Special in Carroll Gardens 04/03/15
Open House Picks Six Months Later: All Sold!
Open House Picks: From Boerum Hill to Windsor Terrace

You read it here this week: Brownstone Brooklyn is awash in townhouses for sale. Herewith are four you can examine up close this weekend, spanning the neighborhoods Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens and Windsor Terrace.

On Dean Street in Boerum Hill we’ve got a lovely four-story brownstone on a lovely block, with all the high parlor ceilings and details you’d want in a Boerum Hill brownstone, including no fewer than eight original fireplaces. It’s split into two duplexes, an owner’s duplex on the bottom and a rental above. Extra-nice garden on this one, which is showing Sunday for the first time.

In Carroll Gardens we’ve got a 20-foot brownstone on 3rd Place, a coveted front-garden block. Not quite as beguiling as the one above, it’s four stories divided into four units, ready to convert to a single-family or a triplex with a garden rental. Which will take some work, as will the upgrading this house calls out for, but there’s plenty of potential there.

The Park Slope pick is not your average brownstone: On the ground floor it’s got a loft-like open space running the full length of the lot, with six skylights in the back. (It’s also got a driveway.) Above the loft space is a four-bedroom duplex. The ground floor could be put to any number of uses — among those suggested in the listing are recording studio, home theater, lap pool (!) and woodworking shop.

Last up, the only non-brownstone of the bunch, which sits across from Prospect Park, at 88 Prospect Park Southwest in Windsor Terrace. With painted blue siding (unless that’s actually aluminum), the house is a three-story single-family with four bedrooms (the listing says three plus an office, but all are bedroom size). It’s an interesting one — vaguely suburban-looking but kind of charming.

Brooklyn Open Houses -- Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Windsor Terrace

251 Dean Street in Boerum Hill
Price: $4,200,000
Broker: Corcoran
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. (more…)

All sold, and two for under a million. (There was even one for under $500,000, in Old Mill Basin). Don’t see that every day, Brooklyn!

All sold for under ask. Interestingly, for those who’ve been following the Bushwick market, the Bushwick properties were priced, and fetched, close to their asking prices of just over and under a million.

Asking prices in the area, close to the Bed Stuy border, have been shooting up rapidly and — apparently — buyers are biting. Both represented by Corcoran, both properties got exactly $25,000 under ask.

The large Prospect Park South home sold for $160,000 under its ask of $2,100,000. The two-story Old Mill Basin property didn’t even break $500,000. Perhaps that’s explained by its location in one of Brooklyn’s least accessible neighborhoods?

Open House Picks 6 Months Later

Related Stories
Open House Picks 3/27/15
Open House Picks: Four Multi-Family Homes
Open House Picks Six Months Later: Still Trying for Over $3 Million in Gowanus

No single-families among this week’s picks — two come with multiple rental units, while the other two have a single one each. They’re include a Park Slope limestone, a pair of Bed Stuy brownstones and an aluminum-sided job in Bushwick.

At 435 Classon Avenue in Bed Stuy (right on the Clinton Hill border) we’ve got a newly renovated four-story — in fact it’s so newly renovated that the work is still in progress. You’ll find a four-bedroom owner’s triplex sitting over a garden rental, a “1 bed/1 bath unit that with easy rent ability,” per the listing. (more…)

With Labor Day in the rear-view mirror it’s house-hunting time again, with open houses no longer in short supply. Our picks this week are three multimillion-dollar townhouses in varying states in Park Slope and Fort Greene — plus a budget number that’s selling in Canarsie for $349,000.

In Park Slope we’ve got a three-story brownstone on 4th Street that’s in move-in condition, with updated mechanicals. A legal two-family set up as a one-family, it’s got triple bay windows, a triple parlor, and the all-important wine cellar.

Original details include woodwork, fireplaces and light fixtures. (There’s an interesting price history on this one: It came on the market in April at its current price, then dropped to $3,090,000 at the end of June, then went back up about six weeks later.)

Our other Park Slope pick, on Carroll Street between 4th and 5th avenues, has similar specs. It’s also a three-story, and a two-family being used as a one-family, and it’s also in move-in shape. It lacks the details, though, but the renovated interior might appeal to those who prefer a more modern style of townhouse living.

Our Fort Greene pick, a four-story brownstone at 306 Clermont Avenue, is a bring-your-contractor deal — it needs a full renovation. It’s full of original details and grand, high-ceilinged spaces though, so there’s no shortage of potential.

Last up, in Canarsie, we’ve got a decidedly more modest offering, but with a decidedly more modest price tag. It’s a two-story, single-family brick townhouse with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a finished basement. And it’s got something our big-ticket homes don’t: a driveway with parking for two cars.

353 4th St-Kitchen-NYC

353 4th Street in Park Slope
Price: $3,250,000
Broker: Halstead
Sunday 1-3 p.m.
Photo by Halstead (more…)

Of our open house picks six months later, two sold for over ask, and the other two have been taken off the market.

The two-family Clinton Hill brownstone on Greene Avenue sold for $2,950,000, or $100,000 above the asking price. The Bed Stuy two-family on Jefferson Avenue sold for $10,000 over ask, but still under a million.

The other Bed Stuy home, on Lafayette Avenue, was asking $1,375,000, but did not sell and was taken off the market in April.

A little Williamsburg number was also taken off the market, in June.

Open House Picks Six Months Later

Open House Picks 3/13/15 [Brownstoner]

We’re coming up on Labor Day weekend, when people are generally more interested in savoring the last moments of summer than working Sundays and eyeballing real estate. So when it comes to open houses, this is not an action-packed weekend.

We’ve found a few, though — three in total. They’re all in brand-new condition: Two, in Bushwick, are gut renovations; one, in Crown Heights, is brand new construction.

The Bushwick houses are on the same block, as it happens: Eldert Street between Knickerbocker and Wilson avenues, a few blocks from the L train station at Halsey Street.

At No. 249 we’ve got an aluminum-sided number offering double duplexes, each 1,800 square feet, including an owner’s duplex with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a deck with stairs down to the backyard.

Up the block at No. 275 is a three-story brick townhouse  with a two-bedroom apartment on top and a two-bedroom duplex below, with a large “recreation room” in the basement and access to a fenced-in garden. It’s got a bit of a rustic vibe, with beamed ceilings, exposed brick and skylights made from reclaimed wood.

Last up, on St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights, we’ve got a newly built home with a double duplex plus a finished basement. Each duplex has three bedrooms and an outdoor space — the bottom unit has the garden, the upper one has a roof deck.


275 Eldert Street in Bushwick
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,250,000
Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Photo by Corcoran


Doing alright, Brooklyn — two of our Open House Picks from six months ago have sold. Williamsburg’s 91 Berry Street closed in July at $2,900,000, $25,000 under ask.

The medium-priced, updated Bed Stuy pick with lots of details closed for $100,000 over ask at $1,350,000.

A Boerum Hill listing is still on the market, though the price has dropped $200,000. It needed some work, according to the listing.

Our bargain pick, the Crown Heights listing, also needed work, going by the photos. It was taken off the market in July.

Brooklyn Open Houses September 2015

Open House Picks 03/06/15 [Brownstoner]

This weekend’s open houses are in Bed Stuy, Ocean Hill and Canarsie.

The most expensive is a three-family brownstone in Bed Stuy close to to the Clinton Hill border asking $3,200,000. The photos aren’t great but they do show a nice-looking back deck. The building’s two 1.5-bedroom rentals have been recently renovated.

The least expensive is a two-family brick home in Canarsie, asking $625,000. It looks to be in very nice shape and has a modern kitchen.

In between is a three-unit flipped townhouse with vinyl siding in Ocean Hill, asking $1,200,000, and a two-family townhouse, also in Bed Stuy, for $1,499,000.

227 Gates Avenue Clinton Hill Brooklyn

227 Gates Avenue in Bed Stuy
Price: $3,200,000
Broker: Sowers Real Estate
Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.
Photo via Sowers Real Estate (more…)

Six months later, two out of four listings have sold. The Flatbush Victorian on East 18th Street got exactly asking, and the Crown Heights number on Lincoln Place went for $60,000 over ask.

The stunning (and sideways) Clinton Hill home was taken off the market back in June, and the second Crown Heights townhouse, on Bergen Street, is in contract.