On the face of it, $779,000 is a nice price for a one-family townhouse in move-in condition in Bay Ridge. Plus, 475 Bay Ridge Parkway is also cute, and there’s parking. Problem is, the house is tiny. It’s only two rooms deep and the ground floor has been given over to the garage. Though one could park in the front yard and use the garage for storage, as the listing suggests. The listing looks really good online, but we’re wondering if there is enough house here to justify the ask?
The interior of this two-family brownstone at 328 Greene Avenue in Bed Stuy has been completely redone in a modern-organic style with rustic touches such as exposed brick. But as far as we’re concerned, the most interesting thing about it is the price.
They’re asking $2,650,000, which is $400,000 more than the current record holder, 22 Arlington. An 1886 Amzi Hill house dripping with detail and newly renovated, that house sold for $2,250,000 in June.
Admittedly, it was narrow at less than 16 feet wide, but this one is only a couple inches wider. It traded for $850,000 last year. Think it will break the record?
A renovation in the last year gave this house a more consistent look and opened up the parlor floor. Now it has original details combined with exposed brick, white marble bathrooms and new plumbing (according to a permit). It’s set up as a triplex over a garden rental.
The house also has a lot going for it on the outside. It’s one of three in a gorgeous row with a striking cartouche detail. (Or are those mini turrets or torches?) Magnus Dahlander and Axel Hedman were known for their use of cartouches, although we have no idea who designed this.
A House of the Day in 2012, it sold above ask in late 2013 for $1,360,000. Now the price is $2,100,000. Think they’ll get it?
Up for sale in the Beverly Square West section of Victorian Flatbush is this freestanding turn of the century Dutch Colonial-style house. It looks to us like the interiors could use a little polishing up, although the listing says it’s has been “wonderfully maintained.” In addition to five bedrooms and three baths, it also has a big back yard and a garage. There is also a terrace and tons of closets. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,200,000?
This two-family for sale at 464 Marion Street is a perfect example of what we wish more flippers would do. Instead of ripping out all the detail and making it look like a new condo, these sellers have simply refinished what is there and updated the kitchens and baths as well as some of the mechanicals.
Going by the photos, it’s in great condition with plenty of original details such as wedding cake plaster, moldings, stained glass and mantels. We especially like what they’ve done with the bathrooms, since we know from personal experience these tiny rooms work best when left mostly as is. They’ve left the old claw foot tubs but added new sinks, toilets, and tile going up to the original window.
The price of $1,150,000 is unheard of for the area (perhaps they’ll use comps from east Bed Stuy). Indeed, the house traded for $325,000 last year. (Another agent also has it listed for $995,000.) But we wouldn’t be surprised if they get it, since this is just what buyers say they are always looking for. If they do, it will surely set a record for Ocean Hill.
We rarely feature houses without interior photos, but this is a special case. The house is too crowded to photograph, the agent told us.
The house is not, unfortunately, dripping with period details inside, but does have some things left such as pocket doors and some door surrounds. It could be restored with salvaged materials, he said. According to the listing, the house needs the usual overhaul, including kitchens, baths, roof and boiler. Sadly, it has a lis pendens.
The house next door, No. 289, renovated and with details, closed for $1,500,000 in July. (It was the subject of our “Let’s Play Flipper” series and a House of the Day.) This one is priced at $1,125,000. Think that sounds about right?
It’s not often we see a Sunset Park house with details in move-in condition, so we got excited when we saw this listing for a brownstone at 438 45th Street. There are fireplaces, built-in cupboards, moldings, pocket doors and other original details.
The bad news is that it’s set up as three floor-through apartments so there’s no owner’s duplex. However, there is an extension in the rear of the garden floor and a clean-looking cellar, so the ground-floor unit is more spacious than the average railroad apartment. The house would also be easy enough to convert back to a two-family, which is what we suspect this originally was, going by the floor plan.
A door on the parlor floor unit might be advisable as well, for privacy. What do you think of it and the price of $1,160,000?
We’re in the thick of the prime fall real estate selling season, so today we’ve got another spectacular beauty, 61 Midwood Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. This late Victorian has an unusual (and very attractive) facade whose geometry seems to anticipate Edwardian styles to come.
Inside is a classic Midwood Street interior with tons of unpainted wood work, leaded glass, wood fireplaces, the original passthrough sinks, original paneling and built-ins in the dining room, two butler’s pantries (with a working dumbwaiter), the original ice box, and a nearly original floor plan. The kitchen has been very nicely updated, with a commercial style stove inside the gray brick fireplace.
What do you think of it and the asking price of $2,195,000?
All this house needs is some fresh decor and it will be a stunner. The house seems to have everything, including the original passthroughs and a wood burning stove in the kitchen, not to mention the original butler’s pantry and elaborate late-Victorian wood moldings.
The six original mantels include a wooden one with Minton-style Shakespearean themed tile in the parlor and a faux painted slate one in one of the top floor bedrooms. The house appears to be in move-in condition, with updated bathrooms and kitchen.
It’s set up as a one-family, and is zoned for P.S. 321, according to the listing. Do you think they will get their ask of $3,710,000?
Built around 1850 or so, according to the listing, 16 Willow Place appears to be a Greek Revival brick row house with an interesting minimalist renovation from the ’80s. The single-family house has original wide plank floors and a black marble mantel, as well as some exposed beams and bricks. While some of the rooms are traditional, the parlor, kitchen and bath have been remade into sleek contemporary spaces and the staircase has been moved so it is perpendicular to the side walls. Normally we’re not enthusiastic about modern “interventions,” but we like this one. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,800,000?
This circa-1900 freestanding shingle house in the Beverly Square East area of Victorian Flatbush seems to have all its original details but will need at least some cosmetic work, going by the photos. There is a huge wraparound porch, several bay windows, leaded glass, mahogany and other exotic woods, a seat with storage built into the stair in the entry, eight bedrooms, an en suite shaving closet, and front and back stairs. There is also a two-car garage. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,495,000?
With kitchens on the third and fourth floors only, the layout of this circa 1870s Second Empire-style Italianate is eccentric to be sure. But there are grand proportions and plenty of original detail to work with, at least on the parlor floor.
It would be easy enough to create two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex simply by inserting a kitchen into the small room off the rear parlor. But more likely than not, the whole place probably needs the works, if the old baseboard outlets shown in the photos are any indication.
As far as we can tell from public records, 274 Vanderbilt Avenue doesn’t appear to be an SRO and hasn’t traded recently. With an ask of $2,695,000, think it’s worth renovating?