Listings have gone up for four new-construction red brick townhouses at 274-280 Hawthorne Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and they range in price from $1,495,000 to $1,695,000. The least expensive of the bunch, 278 Hawthorne Street, is already in contract, according to the listing. Contracts have been sent out on two others, leaving only the most expensive one, No. 274, according to a commenter on Curbed, which was the first to write about the listings.

At $1,495,000, the price of No. 278 is competitive with a 19th century house in the neighborhood in tip-top condition, but the other three are more expensive. All the houses have three units: An owner’s garden duplex (or triplex, if you count cellar space) that takes up one and a half floors, a half-floor one-bedroom rental, and a top floor three-bedroom rental. There is also outdoor space with each unit and parking for two cars in front.

We think the simple and modern design inside and out is easy on the eyes and fits in reasonably well with the neighborhood. Click through to see more pics. What do you think of the design and the prices?

274 Hawthorne Street Listing [Corcoran]
New Lefferts Garden Houses Drop Terrible Name, Ask $1.5M-Plus [Curbed]
Images by Corcoran


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Community Board 8′s Housing Committee greenlighted plans for two single-family passive-house townhouses on a small empty plot zoned for industrial at 8-10 Underhill Avenue. The property used to be a moving company and needed approvals because it’s zoned M-1.

Each house will have three stories and 2,400 square feet of space, according to building applications filed and disapproved in August. The townhouses will be narrow at only 15 feet wide each, since the property is only 30 feet wide. Their neighbors will be a self-storage company and an apartment building. Fractal Architecture is designing the project, and the owners are Post Industrial Thinking LLC, according to permits. The LLC purchased the 2,400-square-foot lot last year for $425,000.

Less than a block away at Underhill and Pacific, Hello Living has filed permits to convert a factory into eight single-family townhomes, as we reported in the spring. GMAP

Photo by Google Maps


The new construction green townhouse at 319 4th Street in Park Slope we have been following is on the market again and asking $4,625,000. That price puts it into the high end of Park Slope real estate for a two-family of its size.

It was developed by Seth Brown and last sold for 2,870,000 in 2011. We didn’t see it when it was finished. (Or perhaps it never was on the market before, but in any case, this is a resale.)

We think the look of both the exterior and interior turned out very well. Click through for interior and rear photos. What do you think of the design and the price?

319 4th Street Listing [Corcoran]
Green Build for 319 4th Street [Brownstoner]
Photo above by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark; other photos by Corcoran (more…)

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The townhouse trend continues with plans filed for what is likely to be affordable housing on a stretch of empty city-owned lots on Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. Permits call for three three-story two-family homes at 716-720 Lafayette Avenue. Each townhouse will have 2,376 square feet and be configured as an upper duplex over a ground floor apartment.

The architects of record are Curtis + Ginsberg, who helped design the affordable Navy Green project in Clinton Hill and have worked on mixed-income multifamily developments elsewhere in Brooklyn. Permits list the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) as the owner. The city has owned the vacant lots since at least the mid-1980s, according to public records. GMAP

Image via Google Maps

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Yet another standalone Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going to bite the dust, but instead of the usual multi-family apartment building, two new townhouses will rise in its place. Demolition applications were filed in early August to knock down the existing house, a two-and-a-half story single family wood frame with a turret at 272 Hawthorne Street.

The lot is 40 feet wide and 106 feet deep, with a freestanding garage in the back. Apparently the developer plans to divide this lot into 20-foot-wide lots and build two new three-story, two-family homes in its place, according to new building applications filed this morning. The houses at 272 Hawthorne Street and 270 Hawthorne Street, a new address, will each be 3,420 square feet and 30 feet tall, with a curb cut and parking for one car. They will be set up as one floor-through unit over a duplex, according to the Schedule A.

Kamran Badkobeh of Residential Development Group paid $1,100,000 in June for 272 Hawthorne. RDG built its business by buying foreclosed or distressed properties during the recession, fixing them up, and flipping them, The Real Deal reported in 2012.

The house stands next to four empty lots; bookending this row on the corner is another freestanding Victorian, which is in lis pendens. Residential Development Group also picked up two of those empty lots, Nos. 276 and 274 Hawthorne Street, in June last year for $1,400,000. On those two lots, the firm is building two three-story three-family houses, which have been in the works since 2007.  GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


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One-time Robert Scarano protege Nataliya Donskoy has designed glassy apartment buildings all over Williamsburg, and now she’s going a more traditional route with the look for yet another set of Brooklyn townhouses. The four four-story brick homes at 127-131 South 1st Street between Bedford and Berry will be configured with a triplex over a garden apartment. (The first floor units will have some additional space in the cellar, according to the Schedule A.)

Each townhouse will weigh in at 4,000 square feet, and have a private roof deck on the fourth floor setback, according to NY YIMBY.  New building applications for the project were filed in June and disapproved earlier this month. The developer is Investmates Real Estate, which bought the 15,000-square-foot lot for $3,750,000 in April.

We think the design is beautiful and understated, not boring. What do you think of it?

Revealed: 127-131 South 1st Street, Williamsburg Townhouses [NY YIMBY] GMAP
Rendering by ND Architecture and Design via NY YIMBY

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Two years after construction started, the Carlton Mews townhouses in Fort Greene look like they could be getting ready to hit the market. The stoops are in, and the five townhouses are ready for cornices. The neotraditional homes have all their windows and brick facades, and it looks like interior work is under way. Construction signage says they’ll be finished by December.

The project has come a long way since one of the townhouses collapsed, killing a construction worker in September 2012. (more…)

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This interesting addition is rising on top of a townhouse at 1 Woodrow Court in Greenwood Heights, at the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street. The little two-story brick townhouse is being enlarged with a third floor and 836 more square feet, according to alteration permits. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, and his website includes more construction photos and a schematic, which we’ve included after the jump. (more…)

The nine Townhouses of Cobble Hill are getting exterior walls and brick facades. The Landmarks-approved homes at 110-126 Congress Street, seven of which have already sold, were priced between $3,650,000 to $4,200,000. The two remaining houses at 110 and 114 are asking $3,900,000 and $3,850,000 respectively. Adjmi and Andreoli designed the brick houses, which are meant to look modern while fitting in with the neighborhood.

Click through the jump to see more construction photos.

Seven of Nine Townhouses of Cobble Hill Sold [Brownstoner]


The first of four new but traditional-looking single family townhouses has hit the market at 449-453 Degraw Street in Gowanus, BuzzBuzz Home reported. Each of the “Four on Degraw” homes has four stories spread across 3,800 square feet.

The first house up for sale is a four-bedroom, four-bath townhouse at 451 Degraw asking $3,999,000. All the houses have features such as gas fireplaces on the garden level, multi-zoned central heating and A/C and energy-efficient tankless water heaters. The homes share a garden, roof deck and central laundry room.

Correction: Each home has its own garden, laundry room and roof deck.

Boerum Hill’s 449-453 Degraw Townhouses on the Market [BBH]
451 Degraw Street [Corcoran]
New Look for Four Traditional Townhouses Going up on Degraw Street [Brownstoner]

When we walked by the Neo-Georgian townhouses going up on State Street in Boerum Hill, this is what we saw. We’re not sure what these facade materials are, but you can see the stories rising and the alternately flat and rounded bay fronts taking shape.

Permits filed last summer for the seven State Renaissance Townhomes at 345-353 State Street call for four two-family homes and three one-family homes, totaling 168,468 square feet of residential space. Six townhouses were planned at the site way back in 2009, and then plans were revised and filed in 2011. Construction began last August and is supposed to wrap up in the fall.

Architect Steven F. Levine designed the project; Scarano’s name is on the original round of permits from three years ago. Some very modern interior renderings by Durukan Designs were released in early 2012, but it’s unclear whether they still apply. While public records say the developer is State Renaissance Townhomes II, DOB permits list the owner as Hesky Brahimy, a partner at IBEC Living.

Click through the jump to see the rendering of the townhouses, which we published last October.

Foundation Going in at Neo-Georgian State Street Townhouses in Boerum Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP
Work Finally Begins on State Street Townhouses [Brownstoner]


We’ve been following the Congress Street townhouse project for some time, and now Curbed brings word that sales have started! The nine townhouses at 110-126 Congress Street are on the market with a new web site and a new name, The Townhouses of Cobble Hill. Prices start at $3.65 million for a three-bedroom, five-bath home and go up to $3.875 million for a five-bedroom, five-bathroom home. (The prices are about a million higher than originally predicted.) Approved by Landmarks, they are traditional yet modern. What do you think of the design?
In Cobble Hill, Yet Another Crop of New Brooklyn Townhouses [Curbed]
110-126 Congress Street [The Townhouses of Cobble Hill] GMAP
More Details on Cobble Hill Townhouse Project [Brownstoner] (more…)