Our picks for this weekend are townhouses in a range of conditions, from tired and in need of new life to brand new and thoroughly tricked-out.

In the thoroughly tricked-out category is is our Degraw Street pick, one of the newly built neo-traditional “Four on Degraw” homes which started going to market last year. It’s got everything a flush investment banker could ask for, from a built-in wine fridge, walnut flooring and marble countertops to radiant floor heating, a wireless surround sound system and multizoned a/c.

In the old and tired division is our Park Slope pick, which offers space and a bit of original detail, but cries out for upgrading. That includes the room with dark faux-wood paneling.

In Crown Heights we’ve got a top-to-bottom renovation. It’s not as luxe as the Degraw Street house, but everything is brand new. This one offers a three-bedroom duplex with a pair of two-bedroom units on the two floors above.

Last, in Bedford Stuyvesant, we’re looking at a three-story, two-family brick townhouse that’s been renovated in the not too distant past, but offers plenty of room for improvement, especially in the forlorn backyard.


453 Degraw Street in Gowanus
Price: $4,999,000
Broker: Corcoran
Sunday 2:30 to 4:00
Photo by Corcoran (more…)

Today’s picks — in Clinton Hill, Bushwick, Red Hook, and Ocean Hill — have all been recently renovated, and are in move-in shape.

In Clinton Hill, we’ve got a classic brick three-family townhouse with some original details that was gut renovated last year. Everything is new, down to the stoop and the gas lines.

The Ocean Hill pick is likewise gut renovated, and recently, but with a bolder vision: It’s done up in industrial rustic style, with a lot of open spaces and exposed brick. It’s a two-family with a three-bedroom owner’s duplex.

In Red Hook, we’re looking at a brick row house circa 1810 with a charming cottage-like vibe, on a cobblestone street. It’s quaint and homey-looking, and there’s a killer view of the harbor from the roof — which doesn’t yet have a roof deck, but could.

Last, the Bushwick house is a three-family with three-bedroom units on the second and third floors. Its most notable feature is the porch, which could make a fine spot for evening sitting on a day like today.


310 Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill
Broker: Stribling & Associates
Price: $3,495,000
Sunday 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Photo by Stribling and Associates


Today’s Open House Picks are spread out geographically: in Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus and Bay Ridge. They’re all in move-in condition, and they’re all relatively spacious.

Two are overachievers in that regard. The Carroll Gardens pick, at 16 2nd Place, is a whopping 34 feet wide — practically double width, as brownstones go. So there’s a huge amount of space there — approximately 6,000 square feet — currently divided among three units. At $5,500,000, it’s got a price to match.

The Bay Ridge house, a two-family, is more modest in size, but the lot it sits on is 148 feet deep. That’s enough space to put a small pool in the backyard, and in fact there is one.

The Fort Greene pick is 21 feet wide, making for another generous floor plan, though the most notable feature about this one is its pedigree: The wood shingle and clapboard house was built circa 1840. (It’s in the Wallabout area and, unfortunately, it’s close to the BQE.)

Last, the Gowanus pick has four bedrooms and a 50-foot yard, so no cramping there either. It’s tied for the lowest price with the Bay Ridge house, at $1,495,000.


67 16th Street in Gowanus
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,495,000
Sunday 2:30-4:00
Photo by Corcoran (more…)

If you’re after the kind of sprawling, standalone, circa-1900 house of the type Ditmas Park is famous for, we’ve got three open houses worth checking out this weekend. None are actually technically in Ditmas Park, but they’re close by.

They all have porches, and one has a turret to boot!

Our fourth pick is different, and the location is rare. It’s on Concord Street in Downtown Brooklyn. It’s one of those now semi-forgotten streets that recall Brooklyn’s past as a sleepy village, now nestled between roaring bridge onramps and giant sprouting hotel towers.

The inside has been modernized, and still retains an original fireplace that looks to be from about the 1840s or ’50s.


824 East 17th Street in Fiske Terrace
Broker: Brooklyn Properties
Price: $1,849,000
Sunday 12:00-2:00
Photo by Brooklyn Properties (more…)

If you’re not into heavy brown wood moldings, take a look at today’s Open House Picks. They’re all 19th-century town houses with modern updates.

In Clinton Hill, a town house with an open plan and lots of exposed brick caught our eye. We don’t usually go for those two things, but it works well here. We also like the simple style of the bath, and the fireplace in the dining area.

A well-located house in Fort Greene with lots of curb appeal is fairly plain on the inside but has some nice recent updates, including a kitchen with stone counters and subway tile.

In Greenpoint, you’ll find a mix of original details and newer updates, including an opened-up parlor level and a bay window with plaster ornament. The exterior is Permastone and could probably use an upgrade.

A Gowanus interior is pretty plain but could be customized. It’s the relative bargain of the bunch, with an ask just over $1,000,000.

360 Grand Avenue

360 Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill
Broker: Stribling
Price: $1,990,000
Sunday 2:30-4:00
Photo by Stribling

Our picks for open houses to see this weekend offer a variety of styles but all appear to be in move-in condition. A rare Kensington listing offers early 20th century details and a recent renovation. A new-construction two-family town house in Gowanus (not Boerum Hill, as the listing says) has a contemporary but not ultra-modern look.

It features a semi-open plan and big windows throughout, with a view of the neo-Gothic St. Agnes chruch across the street. We’re not sure what the outside looks like but there is central air, so it’s not a Fedders.

For those in search of 19th century detail, we offer a neo-Grec with colorful decor and four floor-through apartments in Bed Stuy, or a late Victorian in Crown Heights configured as a triplex over a garden floor rental.

The latter was designed by Magnus Dahlander and Axel Hedman and built in 1894. It was a Building of the Day last year. It is landmarked.

287 Clifton Place

278 Clifton Place in Bed Stuy
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $1,995,000
Sunday 2:00-4:00
Photo by Brown Harris Stevens

Looking for an updated house with details that isn’t a flip? Look no further than our four Open House Picks this week.

Two are in Carroll Gardens, including an Italianate brownstone and a Greek Revival brick that is probably a few decades older than the 1882 date given in the listing.  A bow-fronted house in Crown Heights offers a wood-burning fireplace, and a similar bow-fronted house dating from 1911 is on the market in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

They all look to be in decent condition, and many have 20th century improvements as well as original details. The kitchens and baths in the PLG house could use an update, according to the listing. The Clinton Street brownstone has a ground-floor commercial space.

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410 Clinton Street in Carroll Gardens
Broker: Vandenberg
Price: $3,200,000
Friday 12:00-1:30
Photo by Vandenberg (more…)

There wasn’t a ton of action on the Open House Picks that were on the market six months ago.

The standout pick of the bunch, a Park Slope brownstone that was chock full of details and nicely renovated, sold, but for nearly $300,000 below the asking price. The Gowanus house is in contract and the other two were taken off the market.

(The owners of the Williamsburg house changed their minds about selling two weeks in, according to the broker.)

We’re going to chalk up the sleepy results to the Thanksgiving holiday and the market lull that usually hits around this time. What do you think?


Open House Picks 11/21/14 [Brownstoner]

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]