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A group of seven 19th century buildings on Atlantic Avenue close to the water, including the home of the last of the longshoreman’s bars, Montero’s, is for sale for $56,000,000. However, despite a wave of development on this gritty stretch by the BQE on-ramp, the chances of the row being razed and turned into condos — or even selling at all, at this price — are slim, because they are all landmarked.

Just across the street is the former Long Island College Hospital campus, where two 40-story condo towers are brewing, and a block away near the water Brooklyn Bridge Park is preparing for two more towers on Pier 6. (more…)

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If you’ve lived in Brooklyn for a while and spent enough time in Park Slope and Cobble Hill, you probably noticed the two very different places called the Community Bookstore. The one on 7th Avenue in Park Slope is orderly and cozy, with warm lighting and an impeccably curated selection of books.

Then there’s the one at 212 Court Street in Cobble Hill, which looks as if the books were pushed in with a bulldozer. You never know what you’ll find in this other Community Bookstore, though the owner, John Scioli, might be able to lead you through the precarious piles to find your buried treasure.

For years, this charming eyesore has been a staple of Cobble Hill life, but if you didnt know Scioli’s story, you couldn’t help but wonder how long it would be before Scioli was forced to close — if not by the health department, then certainly by a rent hike.

According to today’s story in the New York Times, your prediction would have been half right. After 30 years, the Community Bookstore will soon be closing, because Scioli sold the brownstone for $5,500,000. (more…)

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LED skyscraper: It sounds like an electronica group from the ’00s. But it’s actually a shorthand description of a 28-story tower with an unusual nighttime lighting scheme planned for a Downtown Brooklyn development site at 16 Nevins Street.

As we told you last year, Williamsburg-based developer Bushburg Properties was planning to put up 149 rentals here, along with some ground-level stores. Now subsequent investor-owners are flipping the property to Adam America Real Estate and Slate Property Group, who plan condos instead of rentals, according to a story in The Real Deal. They’re in contract for more than $50,000,000.

The buildings on the site were demolished in April, as we reported at the time, and plans for the skyscraper were approved the same month. However, a full permit has not yet been issued, slightly increasing the possibility the new owners might commission a new design. The applicant of record on the new-building application is the Stephen Jacobs Group, a large and award winning firm best known in Brooklyn for designing The Edge on the Williamsburg waterfront. (more…)

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Photo at left by Gage Skidmore for Wikipedia Commons; photo at right by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

Golden Globe-winning actress Michelle Williams is the buyer of Prospect Park South’s most prominent house — a move we would not have predicted for such a famous actress. The gigantic Colonial Revival mansion at 1440 Albemarle Road has been on the market for about a year, most recently asking $2,450,000.

It’s a surprising choice of neighborhoods for a celebrity, but clearly Williams loves Brooklyn and has an independent streak when it comes to real estate. Brooklyn was largely unexplored territory for celebrities when Williams moved to Boerum Hill with then-partner Heath Ledger a decade ago.

She helped draw other boldface names to the borough, and recently sold that row house for $8,800,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)

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Developers are moving to transform a lowly Fort Greene lot. Just as their first Brooklyn building begins to rise at 250 Ashland Place, the father-son duo running Gotham Organization snapped up a coveted parking lot a mere two blocks away. For $5,500,000.

Located at 130 St Felix Street, the lot is steps from Atlantic Terminal, wedged between a BAM theater and the iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower. Naturally, we’re predicting condos.

The seller was the sponsor of the condo building next door at 1 Hanson Place, Canyon Johnson Urban Funds. The sponsor and the condo association of 1 Hanson Place negotiated an easement on the lot, used for parking, more than a year ago, according to public records.

A building with 75,114 square feet is permitted, according to PropertyShark. However, there may be trouble in developer paradise. (more…)

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Listings for eight apartments at 550 Vanderbilt, the first condo building in the large and controversial Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards complex, have gone up online. The 17-story, 278-unit market-rate building is under construction on the corner of Vanderbilt and Dean Street.

The listings show the first interior renderings we have seen for the apartments. Prices range from $565,000 for a studio to $2,890,000 for a three-bedroom, 3.5 bath apartment. We expect more listings will go up over the next few days. (more…)

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Sales launched last week at a 19th-century building at 229 Sackett Street in Carroll Gardens that has been converted to condos with unusually luxurious marble bathrooms and kitchens. Two of a total of four units at the four-story brick building are on the market, starting at $1,250,000 for a two-bedroom.

The two-bedroom unit, No. 3, takes up a whole floor. It measures 998 square feet and has two bathrooms and in-unit laundry. (more…)

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A glitzy 10,000-square-foot town house with parking in a former stable at 177 Pacific in Cobble Hill has set a new record for Brooklyn, closing for $15,500,000, The New York Daily News reported. That works out to about $1,550 per square foot, also very high for the area.

The property seemed an unlikely candidate to beat out the previous record holder, the landmarked Greek Revival mansion at 70 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights, where Truman Capote once lived, and which sold for $12,500,000 in 2012.

The building at 177 Pacific went on the market in October of 2013 while it was mid-construction with an ask of $16,000,000. “This property is in the final stage of a custom renovation so no photos yet,” said the listing at the time. Only three stories, it looks ordinary from the outside, although it is 27 feet wide.

Inside, the amenities seem likely to appeal to a celebrity. No information was revealed about the buyer. (more…)

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Listings went up Tuesday night for six of 33 new-construction condos at 212 North 9th Street in Williamsburg. The developer, Fortis Property Group, is calling the building Two12 Williamsburg.

The building will have a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, including three penthouse units. Prices on the units listed range from $590,000 for a studio to $1,473,000 for a three-bedroom. (more…)

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An unusual property, a landmarked row of seven apartment buildings on 14th Street, directly across the street from the Park Slope Armory YMCA in South Slope, is up for sale. The buildings at 409-421 14th Street, which have a total of 44 rental units, are being marketed for $16,500,000.

It’s a remarkable row of buildings. The larger apartment building at 409 14th Street has eight two- and three-bedroom units. The six three-story brick buildings look like small row houses and have one-bedroom units.

The buildings are all on one city tax lot and appear to have been designed to have one owner — they are all heated by one massive boiler in the eight-unit building. Combined, the buildings have 150 feet of frontage on 14th street.

The larger building at 409 14th Street was built around 1909 in the Colonial Revival style. The others are all Neo-Grec and were built around 1887 by Conlon & White. Some of the entrances were later altered in the Colonial Revival style.

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Over the weekend six listings went up for the condo building at 233 34th Street in Greenwood Heights called 233 Greenwood. The units range from studios to two-bedroom apartments priced from $500,000 to $868,000.

The units have floor to ceiling windows, wood floors and an attractively spare design. A ground floor duplex, Unit 1D, is quite large at 1,688 square feet but the lower portion of that duplex is below grade. The two-bedroom units are between 815 and 905 square feet. (more…)

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A vacant lot protected by roll-down gates at 1425 Fulton in Bed Stuy is up for sale and could become a 33-unit apartment building with stores on the ground floor.

The seller, who’s offering it through GFI Realty Services Inc., is looking to get a whopping $6,000,000 for the site, located between Marcy and Tompkins. Ambitious, perhaps, though the broker touts development rights allowing for a 22,365 square foot mixed-use building.

That works out to $268 per buildable square foot. (more…)