438 45th street sunset park 92014

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?

438 45th Street [Elliman] GMAP

61 midwood street prospect lefferts gardens 92014

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?

61 Midwood Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

828 union street park slope 92014

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?

828 Union Street [Elliman] GMAP

16 willow place brooklyn heights 92014

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?

16 Willow Place [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

330 east 18th street ditmas park 92014

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?

330 East 18th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

274 vanderbilt avenue fort greene 92014

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?

274 Vanderbilt Avenue [CORE] GMAP

107a halsey street bed stuy 92014

The parlor floor of this new listing at 107A Halsey Street is spectacular, with extra special low carved wood fireplaces and original tile surrounds, elaborate wood work, plaster moldings, original shutters, diagonal parquet floors, and a beautiful entry with the original front doors. The other floors are not shown, but presumably have less detail, since the listing mentions open layouts and exposed brick.

Unfortunately for a potential owner-occupant, it’s been divided into four floor-through units. As the listing says, it has “potential for a single family conversion or investor friendly development.” Considering the detail and the ask of $2,000,000 — think it’s worth restoring?

107A Halsey Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

92 argyle road ditmas park 92014

This rambling Victorian at 92 Argyle Road in Prospect Park South has to be one of the prettiest houses we’ve seen in Brooklyn. There are charming arches framing views into other rooms, inlaid floors, stained and leaded glass, bay windows, porches, a breakfast nook, bedrooms painted delightful shades of blue and green — and on and on.

It was built circa 1903 and designed by architect John Bay Slee, according to the listing. The kitchen has been tastefully updated with Craftsman-style cabinets and stainless steel appliances. There is also zoned central air and other new mechanicals. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,395,000?

92 Argyle Road [Halstead] GMAP