406 rogers avenue prospect lefferts gardens 102014

Here’s a good-looking three-bedroom in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, right near the Crown Heights border. The living room is on the narrow side but the pad gets good light because it’s a corner building. It also has a dishwasher, washer/dryer and a private roof deck. And it’s only a block from the 2/5 at Sterling Street. What’s your opinion of it for $3,100 a month?

406 Rogers Avenue, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

158 washington park fort greene 102014

We sure have been coming across a lot of whole townhouses for rent in Brooklyn lately. This one is right across from Fort Greene Park. Unfortunately, a renovation has taken it somewhat in the McMansion direction with a blingy chandelier, open-plan parlor floor and exposed brick, but it still has beautiful inlaid and parquet floors, marble fireplaces and the original staircase.

It’s also huge, of course — 3,200 square feet — with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a backyard, as well as a basement cellar that can be used for storage. What do you think of it for $10,500 a month?

158 Washington Park [RBM Brokerage LLC] GMAP

269 empire boulevard crown heights 102014

This three-bedroom townhouse for rent in Crown Heights seems like a pretty good deal to us. The broker tells us it hasn’t been recently updated but is in good condition.

All three bedrooms are the same size, according to the broker, and located on the top floor, along with one bathroom. The unfinished basement under the stoop can be used as storage.

And it’s only two blocks from the 2/5 stop at Sterling Street. The downsides are that it’s a bit narrow at 16.5 feet, and Empire Boulevard can get loud and busy with traffic. What are your thoughts on it for $2,850 a month?

269 Empire Boulevard [Corcoran] GMAP

394 bond street gowanus 102014

For a whole house in Gowanus, its doesn’t get much cheaper than this little 800-square-foot two-bedroom on Bond Street. The listing says it’s below market rate because the tenants will be responsible for their own minor repairs and painting. There are two baths, laundry in the kitchen, and a shared patio (presumably with the house on the corner).

It’s half a block from the 700-unit complex that Lightstone is building at 363-365 Bond Street, where neighbors have been complaining about loud construction and pile driving for six months. It’s also a block from the canal; we hope “minor repairs and painting” are not frequently necessary because of flooding. Do you think it’s worth it for $1,995 a month?

396 Bond Street [Corcoran] GMAP

37 3rd Place Combo

The best thing about this garden apartment in Carroll Gardens is that it’s in an impressive Second Empire townhouse (the one on the left). Unfortunately, with the exception of the tin ceiling in the bedroom, it lacks the details one would hope for in a building like this. And it is narrow — the building is only 16.5 feet wide.

Nonetheless, the unit has wood floors throughout and central A/C. The railroad layout is a little awkward — the kitchen is off the bedroom rather than near the living room or the den. Small pets are allowed. It’s not clear if tenants have access to the garden just outside the kitchen window. The building was a House of the Day back in March of 2013 when it was on the market for $2,995,000.

These days $2,400 a month for a place like this doesn’t seem outrageous for Carroll Gardens. What do you think?

37 3rd Place, Garden Unit [Patricia Mones] GMAP

780 Greene Combo

This one-bedroom rental on Greene Avenue near Lewis Avenue in Bed Stuy has a few nice details, such as two mantels, original moldings around the windows, and hardwood floors. Though it is near Lewis Avenue it is quite a walk to the Utica Avenue A train stop and at least a 10 minute walk to the Kosciuszko J/Z stop. What do you think of it for $1,650 a month?

780 Greene Avenue, #3 [aptsandlofts.com] GMAP


Dixon is finishing up construction and started leasing another group of properties in Brooklyn, most of them in Bed Stuy and Bushwick. We toured three of them, all in Bed Stuy, and found Dixon is getting faster and better at renovation.

Most of the renovations will be completed in less than a year. Some of the properties had severe water damage, requiring extensive work ranging from gut renovation to replacing some or all structural components such as joists and beams. Dixon is using contractors with experience restoring townhouses in Brooklyn and Harlem, such as All Renovation. Dixon managers oversee each site. An in-house designer creates a unique plan for every house and specs and sources all components, finishes and appliances before construction starts, which speeds things along.

We were impressed with the creative and appropriate use of finishes in each townhouse. In a narrow Romanesque Revival townhouse at 513 MacDonough (pictured after the jump) that had been covered with faux panelling and laminate flooring over the years — all of that was ripped out — an oak plank veneer (a new product engineered to withstand moisture) was used to impressive effect on a kitchen island and on a wall in a bathroom.

The quality of the bathrooms, kitchens, closets and other features was already high, but now is even better in the properties we saw. Dixon townhouses now typically have en-suite bathrooms for every bedroom and extensive closet and pantry systems with built-in shelves. One house even had two laundry rooms. They all have landscaped yards and often decks with huge, custom made floor to ceiling windows that open like doors. Two of the houses we saw this time had Aga Legacy stoves, which retail for around $6,000. An extremely luxurious all-marble bathroom at 14 Monroe spanned the width of the house in front and had both a clawfoot tub and shower.

Dixon has also done work to preserve the historic exteriors of the houses, such as redoing the limestone and brownstone facades and ironwork. At 14 Monroe, pictured below, the original 19th century ironwork was missing, and Dixon reproduced it using a mold from a neighbor, who had already restored his own. (more…)

1182 Putnam Combo

This recently renovated two-bedroom in Bushwick would work well as a share. The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the apartment, and the living room is a decent size. There’s an updated kitchen, hardwood floors and a dishwasher.

It’s about equidistant from the Halsey and Gates J/M/Z stops. At $1,850 a month, it’s less than a thousand dollars a room. Good deal?

1182 Putnam Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP

586 20th Street combo

The outside of this rental is nothing to get excited about — it’s a Fedders special without the branded air conditioner covers — but it’s not too bad on the inside. The three-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Windsor Terrace has attractive diagonally placed floors and the bedrooms appear to be good sized (only one is pictured).

Plus, there’s a cute cat in the listing. We’re guessing this is the garden level, although the ad doesn’t specify. What do you think of it for $3,750 a month?

586 20th Street [Town Residential] GMAP


A new small building at 51 Troutman Street in Bushwick officially launched leasing yesterday, starting at $2,076 for a 526-square-foot one bedroom, rental agent Modern Spaces announced. There are eight units in the four story building, which is located near Silent Barn and the Myrtle Broadway JMZ stop. The most expensive unit in the building is a three-bedroom duplex, renting for $3,323 a month. One month of rent is free.

Finishes include hardwood floors, oversize windows, and Ceasarstone counters. There are hookups for washers and dryers but no actual appliances. BuzzBuzzHome was the first to spot the listings.

Two years ago the site was an empty lot. The property changed hands for $450,000 in 2013, and the owner uses a mail drop on Lee Avenue in South Williamsburg.

Click through for more photos. What do you think of the design, location and pricing?

51 Troutman Listings [Modern Spaces] GMAP

190 Saint Marks

This gut-renovated floor-through apartment in Prospect Heights has a lot going for it. It has two bedrooms, an open plan, a kitchen with all the bells and whistles, two full baths, and a terrace at the back of the apartment.

It’s also quite large at 1,150 square feet and has central A/C. The building is a short walk to all the restaurants, bars and coffee shops on Vanderbilt and not far from the subway lines on Flatbush.

Of course all of that does not come cheap. What do you think of it for $3,700 a month?

190 Saint Marks Avenue, #3 [Citi Habitats] GMAP

395 Leonard exterior rendering

Leasing will begin next month at 395 Leonard Street in Williamsburg, the site of the former Meeker Flea alongside the BQE. The Karl Fischer-designed building will have studios starting at $2,600 a month, one bedrooms starting at $3,250 and two bedroom apartments starting at $4,335. A few penthouse units will be available for between $4,000 and $6,000 a month, leasing agent Fiddler Realty told us.

Amenities include a roof deck with fire pits, a screening room, fitness center, a children’s play room and bicycle storage. The building is seven stories tall and has 188 units.

The building’s developer is Rabsky Group, a Brooklyn-based company that has made a splash with several big projects over the last year and a half. According to The Real Deal, the company, which is run by Simon Dushinsky, is the city’s seventh largest developer (in terms of active sites) with just over 1 million square feet under development. Nearly all of that was begun over the last few years. It is a partner in the massive Rheingold project in Bushwick and recently bought a large development site down the block for $53 million.

Tons more renderings after the jump. What do you think of the design, location and prices?

Fischer Designed Apartments Rising at Ex-Meeker Flea Site [Brownstoner]
NYC’s Most Active Developers [The Real Deal]
Rabsky’s Simon Dushinsky Taps into Rheingold Brewery Project [The Real Deal]
Renderings Via Fiddler Realty