146 columbia heights brooklyn heights 82014

The sleeping arrangement won’t be to everyone’s liking but otherwise this co-op at 146 Columbia Heights looks very nice. The junior one bedroom (or is it a studio?) has lots of original details as well as a modernized kitchen and bath. The monthly maintenance is $832 and the asking price is $695,000.

146 Columbia Heights, #3 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

661 carroll street park slope 82014

This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in a Park Slope brownstone has a clean but warm feel with original floors and a fancy kitchen. The 923-square-foot pad features an attractive living room with space for eating, an office and a balcony, as well as central air and two wood-burning fireplaces. But the caveat is that it’s only available for a year, furnished or unfurnished. Rent is about what you’d expect for the north end of the Slope — $4,500 a month.

661 Carroll Street, #3 [Town Residential] GMAP


Hopefully the third time’s the charm for Sam Boymelgreen’s The Kestrel, which was going to start leasing in April, then June, and now “the fall.”

One-bedrooms at 33 Caton Place will start at $2,300 a month, according to a story in The New York Times. Meanwhile, the Hudson Companies development across the street at 22 Caton Place, plan to finish up in the spring.

Brooklyn’s Future of Luxury on Caton Place [NY Times]
Leasing for Windsor Terrace’s The Kestrel Starts in June [Brownstoner]
Rendering by DJ Associates

280 macon street bed stuy 82014

We’re digging the renovation on this top-floor studio in Bed Stuy, which has an industrial loft vibe with its wood beams and exposed brick. There’s a nice, long living area with a “bedroom nook,” a skylight, and a decorative fireplace. There are no pictures of the bathroom or kitchen. It’s also only four blocks from the C train at Kingston-Throop. Asking price: $1,950 a month. What do you think of the look and rent?

280 Macon Street [Corcoran] GMAP

255 eastern parkway crown heights 82014

Here’s a huge four-bedroom, two-bath co-op for rent in a prewar building in Crown Heights. The 1,675-square-foot pad was gut-renovated in ’06 and has a clean, modern feel. There’s a formal dining room, a “library nook” and lots of closets. However one of the bathrooms is ensuite, which is somewhat inconvenient. What’s your opinion of it for $5,200 a month?

255 Eastern Parkway, #D15 [Corcoran] GMAP

473 harman street bushwick 82014

This railroad one-bedroom apartment in Bushwick is pretty barebones, but it offers a nice amount of space for the price. The bedroom and kitchen have windows but the two middle rooms don’t. However, the bedroom is open to one of the living rooms, which allows some natural light to filter through. The kitchen looks decent, but the bathroom isn’t pictured. It’s about five blocks from the Dekalb L stop and eight from the L/M at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues. You’re practically in Ridgewood here. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,362?

473 Harman Street, #2L [Corcoran] GMAP

513 macdonough street bed stuy 82014

Dixon has produced another lovely, modern renovation with this four-bedroom, 4.5-bath house for rent in eastern Bed Stuy. The home has oak floors, high ceilings and ensuite bathrooms in each bedroom. The bathrooms feature radiant heated floors, white Italian marble and glass-encased showers. And in the back, there’s a private terrace and landscaped zen garden. But all this doesn’t come cheap: the rent is $7,995 a month. Do you think it’s worth it?

513 Macdonough Street [Town] GMAP


While rents per square foot in Brooklyn increased 3 percent in a year, they surged 17.5 percent in Crown Heights, according to two reports out yesterday from Douglas Elliman and MNS. The rental price per square foot is now $38.78 percent, said Elliman. In Crown Heights, rents shot up to $2,110 from $1,795 in the year period from July 2013 to July 2014, said MNS.

The number of new rentals surged 127 percent to 892 in a year, indicating that renters were rejecting increases from landlords, according to Elliman. Listing inventory also increased 2 percent in the year period, said MNS. The median rental price in Brooklyn is now $2,852, and the average is $3,111, according to Elliman.

Brooklyn “continues it steady upward pattern,” said the MNS report, even as rents decreased from June of this year “due to the maturation of inventory on the market in several neighborhoods.” More specifically, “neighborhoods such as Williamsburg and DUMBO continue to see slower growth, while much of the more rapid expansion is taking place in underdeveloped areas like Bushwick and Crown Heights.”

To give some idea of how that translates neighborhood by neighborhood, a one-bedroom in Bay Ridge is now $1504 a month, $1,880 in Bed Stuy, $1,998 in Crown Heights, $2,040 in Bushwick, $2,540 in Boerum Hill, $2,568 in Clinton Hill, $3,258 in Cobble Hill and $3,373 in Brooklyn Heights.

The Real Deal, DNAinfo, Curbed, and The New York Daily News all had stories.

Photo by Suzanne Spellen

30 chester court prospect lefferts gardens 82014

We drooled over 30 Chester Court when it was for sale. Now the house is back on the market as a rental, and we’re pleased to report the owners have done a great job with the renovation. The teens Tudor Revival still has all its incredible original features, including a parlor window seat, coffered ceiling and paneling in the dining room, leaded glass windows, and bead board ceiling in the sleeping porch. (more…)