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Nine-year residents of Cobble Hill and ex-Housewives of New York stars Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen are selling their townhouse at 56 Butler Street and moving to Australia “to be with family,” a spokeswoman for Stribling & Associates, which is handling the sale, told us.

Longtime readers will remember Simon, a Brownstoner commenter, and Alex from Brownstoner parties and this story about their renovation. The three-family, six bedroom house is asking $2,695,000. (If you are curious, they paid $1,275,000 in 2005.) The living room is still painted its controversial shade of red!

56 Butler Street Listing [Stribling]
Photo by Stribling

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The Dutch-designed, Chinese-developed Oosten condos debuted at 429 Kent Avenue in south Williamsburg this week, with one-bedrooms starting at $710,000. Halstead has 26 listings live for the block-long complex at South 8th and Kent , including four that were listed earlier this month and have already entered contract.

One-bedrooms range in price from $710,000 to $1,050,000; two-bedroom, two-bath units start at $1,185,000; and two three-bedroom, 3.5-bath duplexes are asking $2,660,000 and $2,770,000. There are also two large floor-through lofts with three bedrooms and 3.5 baths each priced at $3,470,000 and $3,620,000, and three four-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouses priced from $3,375,000 to $3,635,000.

Designed by Piet Boon and WASA Studio, the development offers the full gamut of luxury amenities, including a children’s playroom, a rooftop reflecting pool and roof deck, swimming pool and parking. XIN Development Group, the American branch of Chinese developer Xinyuan Real Estate Company, is behind the 216-unit project.

These look miles better than the average Williamsburg development to us. What do you think of the design and pricing? More interior renderings after the jump!

The Oosten [Official] GMAP
Oosten/429 Kent Avenue Listings [Halstead]
Oosten Coverage [Brownstoner]

Images via Halstead

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Real estate investment firm The Jackson Group has paid $20,000,000 for the Gothic Revival Church of the Redeemer in Boerum Hill, DNAinfo reported. Neighbors spent years fighting to preserve the 127-year-old structure at the corner of Pacific Street and 4th Avenue, but the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island began marketing the church as a development site last year. Church officials told DNAinfo that “mounting monthly costs” forced them to sell the building, which needs an estimated $4,000,000 in repairs.

The deal does not include space for the congregation, which was part of the church’s original plans to sell the property. The sale closed the week of September 5, but it hasn’t hit the public records yet. The Jackson Group hasn’t revealed whether they’re going to demolish the building, which sits on a lot zoned for a building as large as 70,000 square feet and up to 10 stories tall, a source told us.

Boerum Hill’s Church of the Redeemer Sells for $20 Million [DNAinfo]
Sale and Demolition Planned for 4th Avenue’s Church of the Redeemer [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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We were saddened to find this ad marketing a circa-1900 standalone wood frame house in East Flatbush as a development site for $1,000,000. Instead of describing the home, CPEX notes that the house at 780 New York Avenue sits on a 2,500-square-foot lot that’s zoned for a building as large as 10,000 square feet. A potential developer could also take advantage of the property’s 421-a tax abatement.

It seems like the house is being flipped after selling for $480,000 in May. It’s located across the street from SUNY Downstate, just outside the Prospect Lefferts Gardens border.

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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The Broken Angel condo development now has a teaser site and is prepping to launch sales next month, because the state’s attorney general recently approved its offering plan, according to developer and architect Alex Barrett. The former tenement at 4-8 Downing Street in Clinton Hill, once one of Brooklyn’s most unusual landmarks, now bears little trace of former owner and artist Arthur Wood’s fantastical creation — other than a drawing of an angel, a reference to the building’s past, in a new mural on the construction fence.

At 4 Downing, partitions are framed, and workers are installing windows, basic plumbing, electrical and sprinklers. Eventually, the four-story building will house eight condos, according to alteration permits. Next door at 8 Downing, they’re about to start pouring the concrete foundation for a four-story, two-unit building.

Barrett bought the property for $4,100,000 in January. Click through to see photos of the construction progress so far.

Broken Angel Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos by Travis Mark Dubreuil for Barrett Design and Development

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A huge waterfront site in Sheepshead Bay is on the market for $2,300,000. However, there’s a catch: Not only was Sheepshead Bay in general hard hit during Sandy, but 68 percent, or 53,000 square feet, of this 78,000 square foot property at 2433 Knapp Street sits “below the median high water line,” according to TerraCRG, which is marketing the site. That leaves approximately 25,000 square feet for residential development.

The empty site comes with proposed plans (they have not yet been approved, as far as we can tell from DOB records), including the above rendering, for a three-story building with 18 units. Not only would there be 18 outdoor parking spaces but the property would also come with 36 boat slips! (more…)

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Although the Regency Carts building isn’t completely demolished, listings with new renderings have gone up for the luxury condo development that will replace it at 345 Carroll Street. Curbed spotted the first five listings for the apartments, designed by Gluck+. They range in price from $1,645,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath to $2,950,000 for a four-bedroom, three-bath. The 32-unit building will have seven penthouses, six garden duplexes and 18 apartments with outdoor space.

Amenities include a landscaped courtyard with bocce courts, vegetable plots and cabanas for purchase, as well as a dog washing station and fitness center. Back in June, PR reps for the development told us sales had launched, not long after a sales office opened at 396 Court Street. The developer is Sterling Equities, which paid $12,500,000 for the Regency Carts site last year.

Click through to see more interior renderings. We’re not sure if the building is in Flood Zone A, but the units look extremely luxurious. The building will be clad in bluestone and the developers are also planning a “wildflower meadow,” with plantings a la the Highline, as well as cabanas that will be available for purchase, among other amenities.

What do you think of the spaces and prices?

345 Carroll Street Listing [Stribling]
Sales Launch at Bluestone-Clad 345 Carroll Street From $1.64 Million [Curbed]
Regency Carts/345 Carroll Street [Coverage]

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It looks like the old Cascade Linen factory at 835 Myrtle Avenue near Marcy, which is not landmarked, may soon be torn down to make way for apartments.

A partnership of developers from the Satmar community of south Williamsburg are in talks to buy the building for $60,000,000, according to Crain’s. Shockingly, that number is more than double what the current owner paid for the property last year ($27,000,000). (more…)

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[Editor's note: Although it came close, this sale did not set a record. Please see update at the end of the story.]

A two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Williamsburg has sold for the eye-popping price of $1,906 per square foot, almost certainly a record for the neighborhood and one of the highest-priced sales in all of Brooklyn. (To put it in perspective, over at the record-setting Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights, condos have been selling for an average of $1,800 per square foot, with the biggest penthouse unit going for about $2,236 per square foot, or $11,180,000,  The Wall Street Journal reported in May.) (more…)

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Brookland Capital has at least 46 developments in the works in Brooklyn right now — all condos — but most of them are in less prominent spots than the one the firm has just scooped up for $7,400,000 on 4th Avenue. The very active developer, whose private sources of capital have allowed it to build condos when most in Brooklyn could develop only rentals, is planning a 13-story building with 45 apartments plus ground-floor shops at 550-554 4th Avenue, The New York Observer reported. (more…)

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Residents of the Dumbo loft building at 57 Jay Street said they are receiving threatening phone messages from the building’s new owners and are concerned that they plan to force them out to convert the building into high-priced luxury apartments. The brothers, Graham and Gregory Jones, purchased the warehouse at 57 Jay St. under the name GRJ on August 20 (it has yet to hit public records), according to a story in DNAinfo. (more…)

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This 1920s brick townhouse in Crown Heights South just may have set a new neighborhood record. The single-family home, which sold for $999,000 in December, sold again in July for $1,850,000, more than $150,000 above the original asking of $1,695,000. The home at 1388 Union Street has been well maintained and, according to the listing, is chock full of details including bay windows, original moldings, mirrors and wood paneling, (though all the woodwork is painted). The renovation is very well-done. It’s unclear how much work the flipper actually did on the home given how fast it turned over. Interior pics after the jump. (more…)