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We were amazed to see the spiffy new look at 156 Broadway when we happened by recently during a snowstorm. Brookland Capital has been remaking the dilapidated 19th century building, at one point a cabinet factory, for about two years.

The first three units, out of a total of eight, went on the market in late December. Then three more listings went up two weeks ago, and now two of the units are in contract.

The units are pricey, but they look good. They are all studios, but with unusual double-height ceilings and lofted bedrooms. The four units on the second floor have two levels and the four units on the top floor have three levels.

The firm does not typically develop in Williamsburg, where prices are among the highest in the borough. Brookland Capital purchased the building in 2012 for $2,650,000. The asks for the units range in price from $750,000 to $985,000.

Curbed wrote about the building when sales launched in December. Bel Air Design Group is the architect.

Click through to see what the building looked like before. What do you think about the transformation of the exterior?

156 Broadway, #3C [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Condo Conversion of Long-Derelict South Williamsburg Building Almost Done [Brownstoner]

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The condo-fication of Bed Stuy continues with the sales launch of a five-story condo building at 1188 Bedford Avenue, on the corner of Putnam Avenue. Developed by Boaz Gilad’s Brookland Capital and designed by Suresh Manchanda, the development has 14 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Prices range from $379,000 for a 400-square-foot studio to $825,000 for an 850-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath condo. (That’s about $970/foot, for those of you keeping score at home.)

Apartments feature 10-foot ceilings, rainfall showerheads, pental quartz lattice countertops, white oak hardwood floors and washer/dryers. Some units have terraces or balconies too. Shared amenities include a roof deck and bike storage. What do you think of the look and the pricing?

Click through for more photos and floorplans.

1188 Bedford Avenue Listings [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
1188 Bedford Avenue [Official]
Three Mixed-Use Buildings Rising at Putnam and Bedford in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner]

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Entourage star Adrian Grenier and his real estate broker mom recently bought a second Clinton Hill townhouse, a four-family, five-story brownstone at 112 Gates Avenue. 6sqft was the first to write about the sale, which closed for $2,085,000 in December. We couldn’t find any listings for the house, which 6sqft claims was an estate sale with lots of details, including high ceilings, ornate plaster details on the ceiling, and parquet floors.

It’s not far from the wood-frame home at 430 Grand Avenue the duo renovated with solar panels and recycled denim insulation back in 2006. Grenier also owns a townhouse in Prospect Lefferts Gardens at 239 Lincoln Road, which he purchased solo in 2010 for $899,000.

It’s unclear whether the actor or Brown Harris Stevens broker Karesse Grenier plan to live in the Gates Avenue house or use it as an investment property. Both also share an address at a rental building designed by Rosario Candela in Morningside Heights. Click through for shots of some ceiling detail at Gates Avenue.

Adrian Grenier Buys Five-Story Clinton Hill Townhouse for $2.1 Million [6sqft]
Grenier Really Is Going Green [Brownstoner]
Photos via CityRealty via 6sqft

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Construction is expected to wrap this spring and listings will debut soon for the 12 condos being carved out of the upper floor offices of the Brooklyn Trust Company Building at 177 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. Prices will start at $3,350,000 for a two-bedroom unit and go as high as $4,350,000 for a five-bedroom duplex, The New York Times reported.

The units, carved out of a landmark 1916 building, will be quirky. Perhaps the most unusual feature is that the top-floor units have only skylights and no windows. Click through to the Times to see a couple of shots of the interior under construction.

Barry Rice is the architect. Chase will continue to occupy the ground floor, but the vault will store bikes and strollers — and house a dog spa!

Boutique Condos at Brooklyn Trust Company Building [NY Times] GMAP
177 Montague Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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A Brooklyn Heights mansion with a storied past at 3 Pierrepont Place has just hit the market for $40,000,000 – making it Brooklyn’s most expensive townhouse listing, probably ever. Corcoran’s Vicki Negron has the listing, which The Wall Street Journal was the first to write about, this afternoon.

The semi-attached Italianate brownstone, built in 1857, was famously home to Seth Low II, who served as mayor of Brooklyn in the 1880s, and later, mayor of New York. Perched on a cliff, it overlooks the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park, with views of the East River, Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.

Owner Jeff Keil bought the house for $2,300,000 in 1991, according to the Journal. He and his partner live in a five-bedroom duplex in the building. The 17,500-square-foot home has eight apartments. The current tenants are on short-term leases, and the house can be sold vacant, Keil told WSJ. Architect Frederick A. Petersen designed the house, which features a staggering level of ornate detail on a 9,000-square-foot lot. Click through for more photos of the interior.

The current record for the most expensive townhouse sale in the borough is, of course, the Greek Revival mansion at 70 Willow Street, which sold for $12,500,000 in 2012. Do you think the seller will get ask?

3 Pierrepont Place Listing [Corcoran]
Brooklyn’s Most Expensive Listing: $40 Million Brownstone [WSJ]
Building of the Day: 2 and 3 Pierrepont Place [Brownstoner]
Photos by Corcoran

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Silvershore expanded its holdings in Brooklyn, buying seven buildings in Bed Stuy, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Clinton Hill for a total of $15,175,000, a spokeswoman let us know. The real estate firm owns nearly 70 properties in New York City, most of them in Brooklyn, and plans to acquire more this year, according to a statement from co-owner Jason Silverstein.

The recently acquired properties are:

*137, 148 and 150 Patchen Avenue (with a total of 22 apartments) in Bed Stuy, pictured above, for $3,625,000
*193 Sackett Street (with four apartments) in Carroll Gardens for $1,800,000
*521 Columbia Street (eight stores) in Red Hook for $6,000,000
*857-861 Atlantic Avenue (three stores and six apartments) in Clinton Hill across from Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park for $3,750,000

Silvershore Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Silvershore

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A three-story brick building at the corner of Court and Pacific Streets in Cobble Hill sold to investors for $6,250,000 two weeks ago, according to public records. Clerestory Properties and Sivan Properties bought the 4,000-square-foot building at 142 Court Street. The sale price seems high for a storefront with two apartments, especially since the property last changed hands two years ago for $1,200,000.

The 20-by-55-square foot building sits on a 100-foot-deep lot, according to PropertyShark; a certificate of occupancy from the 1970s says the property includes an adjoining garage in the rear. The FAR is nothing to get excited about, with a total of 374 buildable square feet on top of what is already there.

Retail rents have been rising rapidly in the area. Los Angeles-based tshirt and clothing chain Splendid opened in the space two years ago. Before that, the storefront housed Belanthi, an art gallery and performance space that offered music classes.

The building was recently altered inside and the exterior spruced up, but have been no new filings since that job was signed off on in January. We wonder what’s in store for the building. GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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Construction is well under way and walls are rising on a second building atop Eddie Hibbert’s salvage shop at 222 Greene Avenue. Meanwhile, the first building, No. 224, is still available although the listing has come down, Eddie told us. (The price had decreased to $3,100,000 from $3,500,000, also.)

Plans filed with the building department for 222 Greene Avenue show a similar but shorter structure: Two floors with two units will rise over the existing garage and the whole thing will be 31 feet high. No. 224 next door is 40 feet high, according to permits.

The salvage shop is still operating in its same location. It is open Tuesday through Saturday. Click through for a few more photos.

Eddie Hibbert Coverage [Brownstoner]

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We’re not sure the new building that replaced the Carroll Gardens brownstone that collapsed in 2012 is completely finished but it is on the market — as condos. The condos, as Curbed noted, are “pricey,” but we must say they look very nice.

Except for the too-short windows and door on the parlor floor, and lower overall height, the exterior looks much like it did before the collapse, although it’s a completely new building. Inside the units are modern, spacious and light, with gigantic windows in the rear. The building is 25 feet wide, so they had more space to play with than usual.

The prices are something of a surprise: $2.2 million for a two-bedroom, two-bath floor through on the second floor to $3.5 million for a three-bedroom duplex on the top. That could buy you a whole brownstone in the area, though it would probably need renovation.

Unit No. 3 is already in contract, according to the listing.

We’re interested in how the owners financed such a high-quality rebuild. As far as we can see, they didn’t take out a new mortgage and still own the building, although now in the form of an LLC. We think it’s interesting they decided to develop and sell. Above, the house under construction in September.

What do you think of the new units — and the prices?

Pricey Condos Replace 150-Year-Old House That Crumbled [Curbed]
241 Carroll Street Listings [Nestseekers]
241 Carroll Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Google Maps

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We’re amazed to read that a Manhattan buyer has purchased a new-construction townhouse at 832 Dean Street in Crown Heights for $3,450,000, setting a new record for the price of a townhouse sale in the neighborhood. The sale closed recently, according to the New York Post, but has yet to hit public records.

Built in 2013, the house has three units and three stories, for a total of 3,960 square feet, according to PropertyShark. So that works out to $871 per square foot — reasonable compared to the square foot cost of condos in prime Brooklyn neighborhoods, which are now over $1,000, but pricey for a Crown Heights townhouse, even a top-of-the-line one. The house is close to Washington Avenue and the Prospect Heights border, where real estate is more expensive.

The buyer sold a townhouse in Chelsea, according to the Post.

Renderings on the Douglas Elliman listing show a typical new-construction interior, similar to a Williamsburg luxury condo, but with fairly high-level finishes and somewhat traditional styling, including floors that look old and have borders. Each unit is a two-bedroom, two-bath floor-through, except the top apartment, which is a duplex with an additional bedroom and bath in a hidden setback with a roof deck.

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A Crown Heights gas station and car wash at Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway has just sold for the jaw-dropping price of $32,500,000, and is already being dismantled to make way for an eight-story apartment building. Developer Adam America was the buyer of the 24,000-square-foot property at 1525 Bedford Avenue, as The Real Deal was the first to report. The new development will have 133 units spread across 91,337 square feet of residential space, and 20 percent of the apartments will be affordable, according to new building applications filed yesterday. Issac and Stern are the architects of record.

There will also be 14,669 square feet of commercial space, 42 underground parking spots, a gym, roof deck and basketball court, according to broker TerraCRG. The gas station closed last month, and a construction fence went up around the site a few weeks ago. The photo above shows workers taking down the BP sign in December. 

Adam America’s first project in Crown Heights was a seven-story rental building at 500 Sterling Place, which began leasing last summer and sold last week for $48,000,000, according to The Real Deal.

Adam America Developing 130-Unit Crown Heights Building [TRD] GMAP

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Developer Slate Property Group has snapped up the former Greenpoint Savings Bank (and more recently, Capital One branch) at 856 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights for $6,500,000, according to public records. The elaborate early 20th century neo-Classical bank building is just under 6,000 square feet, but zoning allows a developer to build up to 40,000 square feet on the site.

If the building is going to be converted to apartments, we wonder if Slate will add extra stories to the top. The firm has residential projects all over Brooklyn, including three large apartment buildings under construction along 4th Avenue in Park Slope

The Capital One branch closed last fall, as a new one opened at the corner of Franklin and Eastern Parkway. 

Closing Bell: Trader Joe’s Rumored to Be Opening in Prospect Heights [Brownstoner] GMAP
Image via Google Maps