336 Hancock Combo

If you’re in the market for tons of Victorian detail but can’t splash out $2,000,000 or more, this two-family at 336 Hancock Street might fit the bill. It has an elaborate entrance hall, entry mirror and coat hooks, two fretwork screens, stained glass, and other original finishes.

Set up as a rental unit over an owner’s duplex, the house is 18.75 feet wide and three stories. The bedrooms are on the parlor floor, which also has a full bathroom, and laundry is in the basement. The owner’s kitchen is large and luxurious, and the house appears to be in move-in condition.

Do you think the ask of $1,500,000 sounds right for the location and style of house?

336 Hancock Street [Halstead] GMAP

421 Sterling Place

This Prospect Heights two-family is dripping with detail, close to the park, and has an enormous backyard because it sits on a 131-foot-deep lot. We liked it when it was a House of the Day back in 2010, too, although back then it needed some work, according to commenters who saw it in person.

Now it’s got sleek new kitchens and baths with marble and Duravit fixtures. We’d prefer a more traditionally shaped kitchen island, but that is an easy enough fix.

It last changed hands for $1,440,000. Now the new ask is $2,999,000. Think that’s in line with the market?

421 Sterling Place [Ideal Properties] GMAP

37 midwood street prospect lefferts gardens 102014

This neo-Federal one-family was designed in 1915 by by Slee & Bryson and doesn’t seem to have lost any of its original charm. The exterior is modern for its day and has a parapet on top. Inside there are all sorts of neo-Colonial details, including a mantel, columns, and an arched passthrough with closets between the parlor and the paneled dining room.

The top floor’s sloped ceilings are covered in bead board and there are tons of built-in closets in a passthrough between bedrooms. Kitchens and baths are not pictured, though a glimpse of the kitchen through the dining room shows an original intact dish cupboard. It is landmarked.

What do you think of it and the ask of $1,850,000?

37 Midwood Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

230 ovington avenue bay ridge 102014

This unusual 40-foot-wide brownstone in Bay Ridge has a rental over a duplex, all with over-the-top original and new details. The bathrooms, for example, are lined in onyx and marble. There are three cast-iron stoves, a sauna, and original Minton style tiles on the mantels.

The mechanicals were upgraded in 2009. And although it has a center hall stair, because of the width of the house, all the levels are private.

It was an Open House Pick in June, and the ask is $1,599,000. Has anyone seen it in person?

230 Ovington Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

244a 7th street park slope 102014

If you’ve got the scratch, we could see turning this classic brick row house back into a one-family house and restoring its simple Italianate interior, which includes arched marble mantels. Otherwise, the two-family at 244a 7th Street looks livable as is, although we’re not sure about the condition of the mechanicals, which the listing doesn’t mention.

It’s configured as a small two-bedroom duplex over a ground floor rental. The property is 15.58 feet wide and 35 feet deep with a total of 1,575 square feet, according to PropertyShark.

The trendy industrial-rustic exposed brick and beams aren’t really working for us, but those are easily fixed. The floors look like they could use some work though.

For what it is, do you think the ask of $1,645,000 is ambitious?

244a 7th Street [CORE] GMAP

177 winthrop street prospect lefferts gardens 102014

This circa-1900 Prospect Lefferts Gardens single-family house at 177 Winthrop Street is dripping with Arts and Crafts details such as a colorful hall light fixture with pendants, leaded glass windows with stained glass insets and heraldic motifs, and tons of built-ins. It all looks to be in good original condition, including never-painted woodwork, marble sinks and original cupboards in the updated kitchen. The house also has its own website with bigger photos. What do you think of it and the asking price of $1,300,000?

177 Winthrop Street [FSBO] GMAP

30 linden street bushwick 92014

One thing this listing has going for it are the brownstone details, which are rare in Bushwick. The three-story house at 30 Linden Street is a fairly late Victorian, in the style of many Crown Heights buildings, with paneling and an ornate screen in the hall and elaborate plaster details in the hall and an apartment.

It will be delivered vacant, says the listing, but it needs work. There are six “Class A” units, and no C of O. It’s also a lis pendens. (There is also a long list of complaints against the landlord, including dozens from this year, and a judgement against him in 2009 for heat and hot water, as well as a pending court case about the same.)

The owner tried to sell in 2011 and 2012 but was unsuccessful. It’s being marketed as an investment property, and there is FAR for an addition. Given all this, though, we find the ask of $1,499,000 ambitious.

30 Linden Street [Elliman] GMAP

109 clifton place bed stuy 92014

We are simply amazed by the transformation of this diminutive house, which has a sad back story. The new wood window surrounds, the bathroom and the kitchen are especially impressive. The slate fireplace has been stripped and works. A thorough facade renovation included new black iron windows, a new door, and paint removal.

The current owner bought the property unrenovated in 2012 for $920,000 from a flipper after the city took it from an elderly woman for nonpayment of only $10,092 in taxes, according to property records and a reader who saw the house when it was last for sale.

“It wasn’t a total wreck but it needed a lot of work,” she told us. “It had some original detail remaining.” The one-family house has three bedrooms, one full bath and two half baths. It is only 1,400 square feet, according to PropertyShark.

What do you think of the renovation and the new ask of 1,998,000?

109 Clifton Place [Corcoran] GMAP

475 bay ridge parkway bay ridge 92014

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?

475 Bay Ridge Parkway [Halstead] GMAP

328 greene avenue bed stuy 92014

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?

328 Greene Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

368 grand avenue clinton hill 92014

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?

368 Grand Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
House of the Day: 368 Grand Avenue [Brownstoner]

245 westminster road ditmas park 92014

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?

245 Westminster Road [Halstead] GMAP