This weekend’s open houses are in Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, and Canarsie — with one from Bed Stuy to add a little alphabetical variety to the neighborhood mix.

The most expensive is a three-family brownstone in Clinton Hill 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 Crown Heights, asking $1,200,000, and a two-family townhouse in Bed Stuy for $1,499,000.

227 Gates Avenue Clinton Hill Brooklyn

227 Gates Avenue in Clinton Hill
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.


This weekend’s open houses span the neighborhoods Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Windsor Terrace, and Kensington. None is an architectural showstopper, none is teetering on its foundations — they occupy the ground in between, in varying conditions.

The pick in the best shape is also the most expensive, at $1,800,000. At 235 Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights, it’s been renovated from top to bottom, though the backyard is still something of a blank slate. A brick row house, it’s got upper and lower duplexes, with a finished basement connected to the latter and a roof deck atop the former.

Moving a step down in price, we have a two-story, single-family home on East 8th Street in Windsor Terrace, up for $1,595,000. It’s got four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a driveway that offers private parking, the object of many a Brooklynite’s dreams. (Though SUV drivers take note: It’s apparently only suitable for a “midsized car”). It looks to be in decent shape, though there are some kitchen and bathroom schemes that aren’t going to float the boat of every buyer.

The only brownstone of the lot is in Bed Stuy, at 460 Van Buren Street. It’s another new renovation, likely a flip job, offering an owner’s three-bedroom duplex with a garden rental. The price is $1,199,000.

Our least expensive pick is at 317 Webster Avenue in Kensington, listed for $1,155,000. It’s a three-story set up with one unit per floor. Photos are few and do not suggest grandeur within, though there’s a reasonably nice-looking parlor-floor living room with bay windows. It’s a fair bet there’s plenty of room for upgrading here.


235 Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights
Price: $1,800,000
Broker: Town Residential
Sunday 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Photo by Town Residential (more…)

Of these four houses that were Open House Picks in February, two sold before the summer and the other two were taken off the market.

The three-unit Carroll Gardens townhouse sold for its asking price and the Bay Ridge home sold for $11,000 above asking, the agent told Brownstoner. No sale has hit public records.

According to the agent for the Clinton Hill listing, the owner removed his home after not getting the price he wanted. He plans to put the home back on the market once he has finished renovations. The Ocean Hill listing was removed from the market in July.

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If it’s a turnkey you’re looking for, this is not your week. All of today’s picks need some attention, ranging from a Bed Stuy brownstone that could use some upgrading to a Red Hook townhouse that’s been completely gutted.

The latter house is a three-story job with a two-family certificate of occupancy that sits on an 18-by-86-foot lot on Columbia Street not far from the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. When they say “bring your contractor” they’re not kidding — it’s stripped down to the rafters.

In Clinton Hill we’ve got a three and a half story brownstone, currently set up as a two-family. Most of what’s depicted in the photos actually looks to be in good condition, though there are obviously rougher spots to be found, given that the listing advises you to “start your interior renovations now” to be ready to move in by spring.

(Incidentally, this place was an open house pick back in February, when it was listed by a different agent for $101,000 more.)

On Macon Street in Bed Stuy we’ve got a four-story, three-family home with all original details, high ceilings, large windows and a fantastic backyard. So says the listing, anyway — we can’t vouch for it because the only photos are of the facade and a single fireplace. So you can use your imagination to picture what the rest of the place looks like, but presumably we’re not talking peak condition.

Last up is a house on Hart Street in Bed Stuy that’s in the best shape of the lot. In fact judging by the photos you could move into it as is, if you wanted to, but the kitchen and bathroom pictured call out for some upgrading. The place has an owner’s duplex with a pair of one-bedroom apartments on the top two floors.


364 Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill
Price: $1,699,000
Broker: Compass
Sunday 3 to 4 p.m.

There’s a wide spread of price points among today’s picks, with the most expensive one, at $4,150,000, running nearly 10 times the cost of the least expensive, at $459,000.

What do you get for $459,000 in today’s Brooklyn, you may ask? In this case it’d be a one-story 1940s attached brick home with a finished basement on East 40th Street in East Flatbush.

Or you could call it a two-story if you count a finished basement as a story — there’s actually a full apartment down there, though the place is legally a one-family. The ground-level floor has two bedrooms and a living room with a vaulted ceiling and exposed wood beams.

On the pricey end, the $4,150,000 home in question is a classic four-story brownstone on Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, currently set up as a triplex over a garden rental. Narrow at about 16 feet wide, it’s about 3,000 square feet in total, with period details including moldings, wainscoting and pocket shutters.

Moving over to Bedford Stuvesant, we’ve got homes for $1,700,000, on Halsey Street, and $1,499,000, on Marion Street.

The four-story, three-unit house on Halsey Street has one of the more distinctive facades we’ve seen lately, made of corrugated steel worked into several angles. It’s more prosaic on the inside, where you’ll find an owner’s duplex on the bottom with one-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors. It’s all newly renovated, with all new mechanicals.

Last up, on Marion Street is a three-story whose facade is also a bit different — it’s charcoal grey with what appears to be some kind of texture to it. This is another fully redone house, as Bed Stuy houses so often seem to be these days, with three units.

There’s a one-bedroom on the ground floor that’s duplexed with a finished basement, while the second- and third-floor units each hold three diminutive bedrooms.


163 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights
Price: $4,150,000
Broker: Corcoran
Sunday 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Photo by Corcoran (more…)

There’s not a brownstone in the bunch among our open house picks this week. Instead there’s a 1917 neo-Colonial number in Albemarle-Kenmore Terrace, an Arts and Crafts home in Windsor Terrace, a brick row house in Crown Heights and a limestone in East Flatbush.

The Windsor Terrace house, a single-family, is the most expensive of the bunch, at $2,400,000. It’s a looker, though, and newly renovated, with plum and cherry trees in the back and a columned porch. It’s on a prime block, too.

The one in Albemarle-Kenmore Terrace looks more Philadelphia than Flatbush, with its brick facade, shutters and mansard roof with dormer windows. At three stories, it’s got five bedrooms, and details including leaded glass transoms, wainscoting, plaster moldings, stained glass skylights, original banisters, and herringbone parquet floors.

Moving over to Crown Heights, we’ve got a large one: 4,000 square feet spread over five floors — at least if you count the finished basement. It’s all brand new, though the renovators left the back yard untouched, so it remains in a “rustic” condition.

Last up, our East Flatbush pick is the cheapest of the lot at $799,000, which reflects not only the location but its need for a makeover. There’s period detail to be uncovered there, though, including coffered ceilings, wall moldings and gold-leaf lettering on the front door.


43 Howard Place in Windsor Terrace
Price: $2,400,000
Broker: Corcoran
Sunday 12 to 2 p.m.
Photo by Corcoran (more…)

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