1174 jefferson avenue bushwick 92014

Considering the way prices have risen closer in to Williamsburg, you could do worse than this recently renovated four-bedroom, two-bath upper duplex in the outer reaches of Bushwick. There is quite a bit of original detail left, including decorative fireplaces, moldings and a nice wooden staircase. The 1,750-square-foot apartment has new hardwood floors, updated bathrooms, a new kitchen with a dishwasher, and separate living and dining rooms. There’s also shared laundry and a backyard. It’s about two blocks from the Halsey J stop. Do you think it’s a good deal for $3,000 a month?

1174 Jefferson Avenue, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

305 vanderbilt avenue clinton hill 92014

The kitchen and bathroom in this Clinton Hill two-bedroom aren’t super fancy, but the apartment’s got solid prewar bones. The layout seems better suited to a couple than roommates, because the second bedroom is a smaller room off the master bedroom.

It’s 840 square feet and occupies the top floor of a brownstone. The location is all right too: a few blocks from Pratt, two blocks from the G and six long blocks to the C at Clinton-Washington. Do you think $2,600 a month is fair?

305 Vanderbilt Avenue, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

261 fenimore street prospect lefferts gardens 92014

We marveled over the beautiful wooden details in this Prospect Lefferts Gardens limestone when it hit the market in June, and three months later, it’s still on the market and up for rent. The four-bedroom, two-bath home features pocket doors, inlaid floors, stained glass, mantels and a coffered ceiling. The kitchen and baths are updated, and the master bath has a claw foot tub. There’s also an in-law suite with a kitchenette in the basement and a pretty landscaped garden with a fountain and pond. Does anyone out there have $5,800 a month to rent it?

261 Fenimore Street [Stribling] GMAP
House of the Day: 261 Fenimore Street [Brownstoner]

613a hancock street bed stuy 92014

This sprawling lower duplex in a Bed Stuy brownstone has been completely gut renovated but offers tons of living space for a family or roommates. The new kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher. The 1,550-square-foot pad also comes with a private backyard and a washer/dryer on the lower floor. Do you think the rent of $3,500 a month is a stretch for this part of Bed Stuy?

613a Hancock Street, #1 [Elliman] GMAP

293 montgomery street crown heights 92014

Here’s an affordable and spacious five-bedroom, two-bath lower duplex in Crown Heights with no broker’s fee, although the recent renovation will not be to everyone’s taste. The 2,500-square-foot pad has a new kitchen and bathrooms, dishwasher, washer/dryer and living rooms on both floors of the duplex. Renters share the house’s backyard and front porch.

It’s for rent by owner. There’s one other apartment in the early 20th century townhouse — a top floor three-bedroom (also for rent.) The duplex is $3,500 a month, or an affordable $700 a bedroom. We’ve included the floor plan after the jump. What do you think of it?

293 Montgomery Street [FRBO] GMAP


171 woodruff avenue prospect lefferts gardens 92014

We dig all the prewar details on this huge three-bedroom, 1.5-bath duplex in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The 2,286-square-foot pad sports inlaid parquet floors and mirrored decorative mantels.

The kitchen is newly renovated, according to the listing, and has a dishwasher, and there are separate living and dining rooms as well as a home office/den on the lower floor. Plus the original pass-throughs are intact, if the floor plan is correct.

Renters also have access to a big shared backyard. Do you think it’s worth $5,300 a month?

171 Woodruff Avenue [Elliman] GMAP


Streak of rising rents in Brooklyn comes to an end,” trumpeted the headline in The Real Deal. “Brooklyn’s 14-month streak of rising rental prices ended in August, as new development units came onto the market, according to Douglas Elliman’s monthly rental report released Thursday,” said the story.

Yes, technically, it’s true, and that’s something for renters to celebrate. But a look at the fine print reveals a considerably less dramatic picture. The median was down 1.5 percent in August, vs. the month before, to $2,808. But averages for studios and one-bedrooms were up, though two-bedrooms were down quite a bit — slipping 6.1 percent to $3,292 on average vs. the same time the previous year, according to Douglas Elliman. Hopefully that’s good news for families and shares, at least in the more expensive parts of the borough.

Prices in areas such as Crown Heights and Bushwick are still climbing, increasing a whopping 17.59 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively, in one month, according to data MNS released today. Some formerly inexpensive neighborhoods are now expensive, making the average monthly rent of a one-bedroom in Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Bushwick, and Greenpoint competitive, ranging from $2,625 to $2,694 a month.

Douglas Elliman execs attributed the slowdown to a rise in inventory thanks to new construction.

Image by MNS

594 east 2nd street kensngton 92014

The new doors and laminated floors aren’t winning any style points here, but this two-bedroom in Kensington still has a quaint prewar feel for an affordable price. The 800-square-foot pad has a newly renovated bathroom, new kitchen appliances, and two nicely sized bedrooms.

And it’s only a block from the F train at Ditmas Avenue. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,700 a month?

594 East 2nd Street, #2F [Corcoran] GMAP

33 caton place kestrel 1

Listings and interior photos have gone up for the rentals at 33 Caton Place in Windsor Terrace, aka the Kestrel, where studios (pictured) start at $1,662 a month. Halstead lists nine apartments so far on the official website for the eight-story, 126-unit building, first noted by FIPS. One-bedrooms are priced from $2,215, and two-bedroom, two-baths range from $3,046 to $3,900. Sam Boymelgreen developed the project, and the architects are Luca Andrisani Architects and DJ Associates.

Apartments feature white oak flooring, washer/dryers, Ceasarstone countertops, and deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms. Amenities include a landscaped roof deck with private cabanas, gym, bike storage, parking garage and a pet spa. Check out more interiors after the jump!

The Kestrel [Official] GMAP
33 Caton Place Listings [Halstead]
33 Caton Place Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos by Halstead


166 22nd street greenwood heights 92014

This garden apartment in Greenwood Heights has been completely opened up and gutted, with new floors and exposed brick. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the renovation included some charming vintage-style details such as a subway tile in the kitchen, wainscot in the living room, hefty trim and tin ceilings.

The floor plan has been flipped so the combined kitchen-dining-living (a great room) is in the windowless middle, with windowed bedrooms (there are two) at either end. The apartment is being marketed as a duplex of 2,000 square feet, but we’re dubious since the second level appears to be in a below-grade cellar. The floor plan shows two “rec rooms” on that level, so the apartment “can be used as three to four bedrooms with two full baths,” according to the listing copy.

There is also a very attractive private garden and a washer/dryer. Do you think it’s worth $5,000 a month?

166 22nd Street, #1 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP