457 ovington avenue bay ridge 32015

We’re sure if you’ve spent any time in Bay Ridge, particularly on Ovington Avenue, you’ve noted this remarkable looking house at No. 457. And now it’s for sale.

There are no interior photos in the listing, unfortunately, but lots of information. First, it was built in the early 20th century by local developer Arthur Constant as his own house. Second, it’s chock full of original details such as pocket doors, mantels, stained glass, built-ins, pier mirrors, and even chandeliers and sconces, according to the writeup. There is a sunroom and a conservatory, and the mechanicals have been updated.

The floor plan shows what to us looks like a top-floor rental over a garden floor owner’s duplex, but the house is currently being used as an owner’s duplex over a garden rental. It will need restoration, according to the listing. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,650,000?

457 Ovington Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP
What’s up on Ovington Avenue? [Brownstoner]

937 lincoln place crown heights 22015

Not every bit of wood work in this Renaissance Revival limestone has escaped the paintbrush, but most of it has, and despite being split up into three units, the house seems to have most of its original features still intact. We’d surmise from the floor plan this was originally built as a two-family, with an owner’s duplex on the bottom and a floor-through rental on the top, and it looks easy enough to restore.

There are some glorious inlaid floors, fun fireplace mantels, a pier mirror, and generously rambling layouts at this end cap unit. If it looks familiar, maybe that’s because the top floor apartment was a Rental of the Day last year. Property records show that it traded to an LLC for $130,000 last year after the death of one of the owners; we presume it was not an arm’s length transaction.

What do you think of the house and the ask of $1,395,000?

937 Lincoln Place [Corcoran] GMAP

806 lexington avenue bed stuy 22015

This Neo-Grec brick-and-brownstone two-family isn’t very big, but the relatively low asking price might appeal to house hunters on a budget. It has some charming details, such as the plaster and moldings in the rear parlor, as well as some unfortunate alterations, such as midcentury doors.

It doesn’t appear to have been recently renovated, although the listing says it’s in move-in condition (and indeed, it’s occupied). The listing says it could be delivered vacant “for the right offer.” The ask is $775,000. What do you think of it?

806 Lexington Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

34 grace court brooklyn heights 22015

Robust, handsome and strapping are the words that come to mind to describe this 1870s Italianate with Neo-Grec details. The front door is memorable, and the proportions and details grand. There are 12-foot ceilings in the parlor and big-shouldered marble mantels. It’s 24 feet wide and 50 feet deep on a 125 foot lot.

Still, some potential buyers might not like the configuration of the owner’s triplex — sandwiched between top-floor and garden-floor rentals — or the side galley kitchen.

What do you think of it and the ask of $7,900,000?

34 Grace Court [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

294A Sackett Street carroll gardens 22015

A townhouse at 294A Sackett Street in Carroll Gardens appears to be the first resale at the Sackett Union townhouses to go on the market. The listing also gives the first glimpse inside the new-construction homes, which were designed by Rogers Marvel and developed by Alchemy Properties. (Previous listings showed only floor plans, plus interior renderings for the related Sackett Union condos.)

The interior is 3,689 square feet, according to the listing, and there is parking and a rooftop terrace.

The sellers closed on the new-construction townhouse a year ago for $3,614,788. Now the new ask is $4,999,000. That’s a gain of $1,384,212 in one year, but for all we know the sellers entered contract years earlier when prices were much lower.

Do you think they will get ask?

294A Sackett Street [Sotheby's International Realty] GMAP

1247 east 53rd street flatbush 22015

Adorable! That’s our description for this 1940s Neo-Colonial brick house in Flatlands. Original features include arched doorways, hardwood floors, and a blue and gray tiled bathroom with blue fixtures. Maybe an enterprising buyer could restore the rolled steel casement windows (still intact next door) and recently tiled floor in the entry and kitchen.

The kitchen, boiler, and hot water heater are new, and there is a garage, additional finished space on the ground level (with a “summer kitchen”), and a back yard. Do you think the ask of $469,000 is reasonable?

1247 East 53 Street [Corcoran] GMAP

250 garfield place park slope 22015

CWB Architects opened up this 1891 Romanesque Revival-style brownstone at 250 Garfield Place with a double-height glass solarium that spans the garden and parlor floors and features a wood burning stove. The kitchen, which overlooks it, is modern in feeling, with a wall of white subway tile, a dramatic and custom made hand-forged brass hood, a Lacanche stove, and honed Carrara marble counters.

Most of the details in the formal parlor rooms are still there, although the wide-plank floors throughout appear to be new. The upstairs bedrooms floors are also modern in style, and the en suite bathrooms have Waterworks fixtures and Ann Sacks tiles. There is a guest suite on the garden floor and a dog kennel and exercise room in the cellar. All the mechanicals are new, and include central air.

The two-family house is part of a row of five designed by architect Helmer Westoen, according to the listing. A House of the Day in 2011, it is about 4,200 square feet and last sold for $2,600,000 in 2012.

We are sure no expense was spared in the renovation. But considering even bigger top-of-the-line brownstones in the area rarely sell above $5,000,000, do you think they will get their ask of $7,500,000?

250 Garfield Place [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
House of the Day: 250 Garfield Place [Brownstoner]

26 winthrop street prospect lefferts gardens 22015

We have never seen anything like this ‘teens one-family at 26 Winthrop Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Outside, it’s Neo-Classical in red brick with white accents and dormer windows. Inside, it’s a ‘teens Tudor with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, Gothic-meets-Arts-and-Crafts fireplace, a bay window with a window seat in a niche with built-in bookcases, parquet and inlaid floors, and floor-to-ceiling mahogany paneling — and that’s just in the living room.

The dining room also has paneling, although less of it, as well as arched stained glass windows. The kitchen is updated, with granite counters and new Arts and Crafts-style cupboards with an arch over the sink that matches the ones in the living room. The inlaid floors continue upstairs, where there are six bedrooms, a blue stained-glass skylight, and a roof deck. We’d love to know what the two bathrooms look like, but they’re not pictured.

The house is not in the landmark district, unfortunately, but the listing says it was built in 1914 by a shipbuilder as his own house. The living room is “a replica of a ship’s stateroom,” it says.

What do you think of it and the ask of $1,550,000?

26 Winthrop Street [Corcoran] GMAP

259 banker street greenpoint 22015

Wow. This gigantic artist live-work space at 259 Banker Street in Greenpoint is mind blowing. Checking out the views of Manhattan, the blue tiled bathroom, the built-ins and the indoor/outdoor patio with reclaimed wood siding and retractable roof!

Still, considering the dozens of $10,000,000-and-up properties in Brooklyn that have failed to sell in the last two years, including David Salle’s huge complex in Fort Greene, we aren’t optimistic about the ask of $11,000,000 — unless maybe a developer wants to purchase it? But it’s already 8,962 square feet over FAR, according to PropertyShark.

(P.S. The seller is artist Matthew Day Jackson, who bought it in 2010 for $2,000,000, according to Brooklyn Paper. It’s next door to the notorious Sweater Factory lofts, and used to have the same owner.)

What’s your take?

259 Banker Street [Elliman] GMAP

1320 beverley road ditmas park 22015

This circa-1900 wood frame with a wraparound porch at 1320 Beverley Road has all the usual period details, including wood work, a working gas fireplace with original mantel, stained glass, original doors, bay windows and vintage style lighting. It’s 3,684 square feet, according to PropertyShark, and part of the second floor is set up as a rental apartment. Yes, the two units share a staircase, but the living spaces are separate.

The mechanicals are in excellent shape and there’s a new roof and new boiler, according to the listing, although some buyers might want to update or restore the kitchen and baths.

It’s located in the Beverly Square West section of Victorian Flatbush, convenient to the shops and restaurants on Cortelyou. It’s in a proposed landmark district, but has not yet been designated. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,895,000?

1320 Beverley Road [Brooklyn Properties] GMAP

271 berry street williamsburg 22015

This simple brick Italianate building at 271 Berry Street in Williamsburg looks worth restoring to us, although it will take a bit of work. It has retained more of its historic features than most we see in the area, and appears to be in move-in condition. Notably, it also has a separate garage.

There are old-style entry doors, including an interior set with etched glass, original crown moldings in the entry and front parlor, the original staircase with turned newel post and coffin niche, later 19th century and Edwardian plaster moldings and paneling in other rooms, and built-ins in the garden-floor kitchen. The exterior looks to be in good shape, and there is a separate garage.

There is linoleum throughout and dropped ceilings on the top floor; we’re guessing the plumbing and electrical could use an upgrade, although the boiler is new. The missing mantels and long parlor windows would also benefit from restoration.

It’s set up as a rental over a duplex. If a buyer wanted to flip that configuration, a parlor level kitchen could fit where the “office” is now.

We think the location between the L and J lines is convenient, especially considering the garage, although some might disagree.

What do you think of it and the price tag of $2,200,000?

271 Berry Street [Citi Habitats] GMAP