1297 st johns place crown heights 112014

This newly renovated four-bedroom apartment in eastern Crown Heights is affordable and perfect for roommates. The kitchen has new stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and there are two new bathrooms. The building has a laundry room, and it’s only three blocks from the 3/4/5 at Utica Avenue.

The net effective rent is $2,636, but you’ll actually be writing checks for $2,855 a month. That works out to $713 a bedroom, which is cheap even for Crown Heights.

We don’t get much sense of the layout from the listing, but HPD shows the building is probably rent stabilized. What are your thoughts on the apartment?

1297 St. Johns Place [Aptsandlofts] GMAP

455 east 18th street ditmas park 112014

We love these whole houses for rent in Ditmas Park, and this seven-bedroom, 3.5-bath gambrel-roofed shingle has a modern renovation with a few original details. There are parquet floors, pocket doors, leaded glass windows and decorative mantels, according to the listing. The kitchen is newly renovated with stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and the finished basement has a half bath and laundry. Asking rent is $5,500 a month, which seems like a pretty good deal for 2,600 square feet of house plus a garage. What do you think of it?

455 East 18th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

585 hicks street carroll gardens 112014

Here’s a cozy prewar two-bedroom in Carroll Gardens with a few modern updates. The kitchen was renovated a few years ago, and the owner just installed a new bathroom, although from the glimpse in the listing it looks very small. While the two bedrooms appear to be decently sized, the apartment appears to be a three-room railroad. It’s got windows on three sides, but it’s on Hicks Street overlooking the BQE. Do you think $2,350 a month is a reasonable price?

585 Hicks Street, #3 [Elliman] GMAP

555 eastern parkway crown heights

A long-vacant prewar apartment building at 555 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights has been renovated and is now leasing apartments starting at $2,500, as Brooklynian was the first to note. Known as “The Francis,” the four-story building has been empty since at least 2010, when Nostrand Park blog asked “Where did all the people go?”

The 10-unit limestone has three listings up so far: two one-bedrooms asking $2,500 and $2,650, and a two-bedroom asking $2,700. The listings don’t have photos, but apartments have Cambria quartz countertops, central A/C, solid oak floors and stainless steel appliances. The rents are pricey for this part of Crown Heights, but we’re sure they’ll rent for close to asking if the renovations are nice.

555 Eastern Parkway Listings [StreetEasy]
Photo by Google Maps

189 kingston avenue crown heights 112014

Anyone searching for original detail in Crown Heights will appreciate this 2.5-bedroom on Kingston Avenue, which features original moldings, pocket doors, inlaid floors and mirrored wooden mantels. The kitchen and bathroom aren’t anything to write home about, but there is a washer/dryer in the kitchen. The small bedroom over the entry could be used as a baby room, office or storage. The 3 train is about four and a half blocks away and the A/C is seven and a half blocks. Do you think it’ll fly for $2,100 a month?

189 Kingston Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP

769 carroll street park slope 112014

This 1.5-bedroom in a North Slope brownstone is pretty big and loaded with attractive original details. We see original moldings around the doors and windows as well as mirrored wooden mantels. The bedroom pictured looks reasonably sized, but the kitchen seems pretty small. Do you think $3,250 a month sounds reasonable?

769 Carroll Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

1120 bedford avenue bed stuy 112014

The renovation isn’t going to win any design awards — and those shiny floors are hurting our eyes — but this three-bedroom, 1.5-bath seems livable for the price. It has new bathrooms and new hardwood floors, and plenty of cabinets in the kitchen. The decorative mantel adds a little character too. The location is about four and a half blocks from the G train at Bedford-Nostrand and nine blocks from the A/C at Nostrand. Overall, it’s not a bad deal for $933 a bedroom. What are your thoughts on it for $2,800 a month?

1120 Bedford Avenue, #3 [Town Residential] GMAP

100 south 4th street 1

The first renovated rentals have hit the market at the seven-story Rocket Factory Lofts in Williamsburg, which sold three months ago to Meadow Partners for $52,000,000, Curbed reported. (This is the Scarano-designed conversion that was at one time owned by murdered Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark and his partner Sam Perlmutter.)

The upgraded units at 100 South 4th Street have new bathrooms, new kitchens with stainless steel appliances, “open loft” layouts, maple floors and 14-foot ceilings. Seven units have been listed so far, ranging from studios to two-bedrooms and priced from $3,495 to $4,650. The 75-unit building will also have a new roof deck and a renovated lobby.

Click through for more interiors. What do you think of the design?

100 South 4th Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Revamped Rocket Factory Lofts Seek Renters in Williamsburg [Curbed]
New Owner Buys Former Menachem Stark Rentals, Plans Upgrades [Brownstoner]
Photos by Aptsandlofts.com


184 new york avenue crown heights 112014

We’re drooling over the beautiful wood details in this three-bedroom, two-bath duplex in Crown Heights, but we think the price is a stretch. The 1,900-square-foot pad has a recently renovated kitchen and bathrooms, a formal dining room, washer/dryer, its own internal staircase, and a deck off the kitchen that leads to a private backyard.

The apartment occupies the parlor and third floor of a grand 1898 Renaissance Revival limestone, and there are units above and below this one. Do you think the owners will get their asking rent of $4,500 a month?

184 New York Avenue, #2 [Elliman] GMAP


More bad news for renters in Brooklyn: After two months of declines, rents jumped again. Bay Ridge saw the highest increase, with average rents up 9.3 percent in October, vs. the same period the year before, according to a report out Thursday from real estate firm MNS.

The average asking rent in Bay Ridge in October was $1,766, vs. $1,615 a year ago, said MNS.

Overall, the median rental price in the borough increased 5.9 percent to $2,858 a month in the year ended in October, according to another report out Thursday from Douglas Elliman. The average rent increased 2.2 percent to $3,187.

But there was good news hidden in the data: Rents per square foot, often a better indicator, fell 11.3 percent to $38.64, according to the firm.

Brooklyn Rental Report October 2014 [Douglas Elliman]
Brooklyn Rental Report October 2014 [MNS]

1133 manhattan avenue exterior rendering

Leasing has begun for the 105 market-rate units at the big mixed-income development at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, a spokesperson for the developer told us. Rents at Eleven33, as it is now called, start at $2,775 for a 636-square-foot one-bedroom and go as high as $5,100 for a 977-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a large private terrace, as Greenpoint Gazette was the first to note.

Interior renderings have not yet appeared, since the market-rate units are still in a “pre-leasing” phase, according to the spokesperson, but move-ins will start in mid-December.

The 210-unit development, which is 50 percent affordable, was deluged with applicants for the affordable units over the summer: Nearly 60,000 people applied.

Navid Maqami of Perkins Eastman designed the seven-story building, and Greenpoint-based design firm hOme crafted the interiors. Developer Domain Companies also brought in artisans from the nearby Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center to create finishes, fixtures and artwork for the common areas.

Amenities include a landscaped rooftop, courtyard with an outdoor kitchen and grill, bike storage, fitness center and bike storage.

Do prices seem high to you for the size of the units, or is this the going rate in Greenpoint for new construction? (One month is free, and the apartments are no fee.) Click through to see more renderings.

1133 Manhattan Avenue Listings [StreetEasy] GMAP
1133 Manhattan Avenue [Official]
Pre-Leasing Opens for 200-Plus-Unit Manhattan Avenue Development [Greenpoint Gazette]
1133 Manhattan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings via Eleven33



Madison Realty Capital has filed permits for the building that will replace the commercial bakery at 551 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill. Our suspicions that it would be apartments is correct: It will be five stories with 122 rentals — and 20 percent of them will be affordable, New York YIMBY reported.

HTO Architect is the designer. The building, whose official address will be 555 Waverly, will have 122,000 square feet of space, including 7,700 square feet for retail. What do you think of the plans?

Permits Filed: 555 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill [NYY] GMAP
Clinton Hill Factory Near Hot Bird Trades for $23.5 Million, Apartments Possible [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark