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This rendering for a four-story apartment building at 324 20th Street in Greenwood Heights is surprisingly traditional and restrained. The brick building will have traditional windows, a traditional dark cornice, and simple dark lintels above the windows that echo brownstone architecture.

NY YIMBY published the design yesterday, which is by Marin Architects. (The firm is also designing 247 Bedford Avenue, Apple’s future Brooklyn address, as we noted in our 10 am story today.)

Each of the first three floors will have two apartments with balconies, and a full-floor penthouse with private roof space will sit on top of the building, set back from the street. Overall, the development will have seven apartments, averaging more than 1,400 square feet each. NIMBY speculated the spacious units will be condos.

Plans were filed in July. Two 19th century wood frame houses currently sit on the property, and demolition permits were filed in September. The rest of the block is mostly 19th century buildings, including a lot of three-story wood frames. Click through to see what the back of the building will look like.

What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 324 20th Street, South Slope/Greenwood Heights [NYY] GMAP


187 7th avenue park slope rendering

Plans and renderings have been revealed for the conversion of the dilapidated 19th-century apartment building on a prominent Park Slope corner across from P.S. 321. The Times reported that developer Sugar Hill Capital Partners will spend $6,000,000 revamping the five-story building at 187 7th Avenue into four condos and hopes to finish construction in the fall.

Two of the three-bedroom, two-bath condos at “2ND7th” hit the market last week for $3,198,000 and $3,500,000 respectively. Both of the pricey pads are just over 2,000 square feet, and the more expensive one is a penthouse with a private roof deck. The building will also have a common roof deck with cabanas and a communal kitchen for grilling, according to the listings.

While we’re happy the building is being revamped, we think it’s unfortunate the pressed-metal turret and its older-style windows will be lost. (Click through to see an old photo of the building.) It looks like they plan to match the old brick and keep the cornice.

What do you think of the rendering?

Restoring a Park Slope Wreck [NYT]
187 7th Avenue Listings [Corcoran]
187 7th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by New Amsterdam Design Associates via NY Times


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Slate Property Group and Adam America are revamping the former Jay Street Arts Building at 51 Jay Street into condos, which have just hit the market from $875,000. The ODA-designed project has three stories and 74 units, 14 of which were listed yesterday. BuzzBuzzHome was the first to spot the listings.

Apartments range from studios to four-bedrooms, including six penthouses and a townhouse with a private entrance on Water Street. Asking prices run as high as $5,150,000 for a four-bedroom penthouse. And two of the 14 listings are already in contract — a $2,350,000 three-bedroom and a $2,125,000 two-bedroom, according to StreetEasy. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, gym, yoga room, children’s playroom, lounge and rooftop terrace with outdoor kitchen, fireplace and outdoor showers.

Click through for interior renderings!

On the Market: ODA-Designed 51 Jay Street Rears Its Dumbo Head [BBH] GMAP
51 Jay Street Listings [Halstead]
51 Jay Street [Official]
51 Jay Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by ODA Architecture via Halstead Property Development Marketing


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Paging all Richard Meier fans! This two-bedroom condo at 1 Grand Army Plaza just became available. The fourth-floor unit has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open living/dining area in addition to the modern all-white finishes you would expect. Asking price for the 1,263-square-foot apartment is $1,395,000 and the monthly common charge is $1,465.

1 Grand Army Plaza, #4M [Halstead] GMAP

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This fourth-floor condo at 138 Sackett Street has been for sale since last summer, which is a pretty long time in this market, especially for a place as nice looking as this. All we can come up with is that the asking price of $1,195,000 for 1,062 square feet has been too high for the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Anyone checked this place out?

138 Sackett Street, #4B [Real Direct] GMAP

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Four former rent-stabilized apartments in a pretty Park Slope apartment house have just hit the market as condos. The one-bedrooms at 19 St. Johns Place range from 601 to 666 square feet and are priced from $631,000 to $732,000. For those of you keeping score at home, that shakes out to roughly $1,049 per square foot.

The priciest apartment, Unit 4B, has been upgraded with new cabinets, a new bathroom and stainless steel appliances, as well as an open plan kitchen/living room. It also comes with roof rights. The rest of the apartments have more traditional layouts, with separate kitchens, standard white appliances and white cabinets. A fifth condo will go on sale in the spring, according to the broker. (Some of the units “were briefly on the market in 2010,” he added.)

The four-story turn-of-the-century building has eight units, three of which are still occupied by rent-stabilized tenants. Do you think these condos sound attractive?

19 St. Johns Place [Corcoran] GMAP

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This prewar condo at 225 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights just hit the market with an asking price of $1,100,000. The two-bedroom pad could really accommodate a third bedroom, given the full-sized dining room. The 35-foot-long foyer also adds a nice sense of scale to the place. Gut-renovated in 2005, the 1,440-square-foot apartment is in good shape (though we don’t love the design choices in the kitchen).

225 Eastern Parkway, #6J [Corcoran] GMAP


Buyers of condos at 185 York Street in Vinegar Hill signed their contracts over two and a half years ago, but they’re still not allowed to move into the building. Dumbo NYC reported the 16-unit development still doesn’t have a certificate of occupancy. Last we heard, owners couldn’t close on their apartments because the building lacked a C of O in February 2013. “I was told there was an issue with the standpipe which resulted in a failed inspection,” a tipster told us at the time.

The buyer who talked to Dumbo NYC said condo owners have been “starved of information” for the intervening two years, and speculated that “the building sponsor seems to be deliberately holding up the closing of the building.” (This is a common complaint we hear in such situations, but usually it’s in the developer’s interest to sell as quickly as possible.)

When the apartments hit the market in July 2012, prices ranged from $375,000 for a 631-square-foot one-bedroom to $845,000 for a 1,193-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath duplex. The above photo shows the building in 2012. It sold out in only seven weeks.

185 York Street Buyers in Limbo [Dumbo NYC] GMAP
185 York Street Buyers Still Waiting to Move In [Brownstoner]

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This 3,000-square-foot condo at 233 Pacific Street strikes us as a pretty good deal in this market at the asking price of $2,995,000. The apartment is the result of combining two smaller units in the 2012 building. There’s a massive living/dining space along with four bedrooms. Not bad for $1,000 a square foot these days.

233 Pacific Street, #4FG [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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This two-bedroom, one-bath condo in a former tenement at 821 Halsey Street is nicely designed, but on the small side for a two-bedroom. (PropertyShark and the listing put the unit at 780 square feet, but we suspect that might include the stair.)

The living room is narrow at 8 feet and 10 inches but must get a lot of light from the skylight and window. The unit has a private terrace in the back and on the roof, and it faces Saratoga Square Park. An open house is scheduled for Sunday.

Back in 2009, it sold for $275,000, or $352 a square foot. Now the new ask is $549,000, which works out to about $704 a square foot, at least. Do you think that’s where condos in far east Bed Stuy are these days?

821 Halsey Street, #3B [Halstead] GMAP

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We’ve been watching the building at 135 Lefferts Place take shape over the past few months (it’s on our route between home and office) and were just recently thinking that the developer deserved praise for putting up a small new building in this part of town that looks like someone gave a #@$%*!.

Decent ceiling heights, attractive and well-sized aluminum windows and even some plantings outside. Compare this to the atrocity up the block on the corner of Classon and Fulton or the cluster of buildings on Grand from Lexington to Greene and you’ll appreciate the difference.

As for the interiors, the modern doors are nice; the exposed Mitsubishi units not so much. This particular one-bedroom unit is 770 square feet and is asking $675,000, a helluva a lot more than the builder must have pro forma’d when he bought the place! Anyone checked this building out yet?

135 Lefferts Place, #2B [Corcoran] GMAP