58 powers street williamsburg 112014

Here’s a brand new townhouse in Williamsburg with decent looking interiors and energy efficient construction. It’s also relatively affordable — at least compared to other new construction townhouses in the area selling for more than twice the ask.

We’re not sure which “Passive House methods” of construction mentioned in the listing were used, but we don’t see a boiler on the floor plan. We like the metal and reclaimed wood stairs and the look of the kitchen, although the placement of the hood in front of the windows is awkward, and there’s not enough built-in storage space for dishes and food. The keyless front door, lights, music, window shades and other electronics can be controlled from built-in panels or a smart phone.

Unfortunately, we don’t know what the outside of the building looks like, since it’s not included in the listing (or anywhere else we could find).

The building is 1,732 square feet, and the architect is Gerald J. Caliendo, according to DOB filings.

What do you think of it and the ask of $2,000,000?

58 Powers Street [Corcoran] GMAP

155 st nicholas avenue bushwick 112014

This semi-attached wood frame at 155 St. Nicholas Avenue in Bushwick has virtually no original details save the staircase and appears to have last been updated sometime in the middle of the last century. It is covered in faux paneling, linoleum, carpet and wallpaper. We estimate it will need the works.

One redeeming quality is that it has windows on three sides because the lot is 25 feet wide. It’s also in a location near the Dekalb stop and Wyckoff Hospital where demand for rentals is high.

Given the condition, though, we don’t see how the ask of $1,220,000 is justified — unless the plan is to sell to a developer.

155 St. Nicholas Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP

45 chauncey street bed stuy 112014

This wood frame house at No. 45 Chauncey Street is one of a row of three that is the earliest row in the first Stuyvesant Heights Historic District. It was built in the late 1860s and has a porch overlooking Fulton Park.

While it appears to be a flip, it looks like a nice one. It has all new mechanicals, reclaimed oak floors, arched marble mantels (we assume they’re original), a simple and attractive white Ikea kitchen with stainless appliances (Viking and SubZero), and bathrooms with Carrara marble tile. We also like the tin ceiling, plaster moldings, and traditional radiators, which presumably came with the house.

At first we thought the price was a typo, but then we realized it’s a one-family with less than 1,400 square feet total, according to PropertyShark. The building is 20 by 30 feet. It traded for $417,000 in April. The new ask is $795,000.

What do you think of it?

45 Chauncey Street [Fredrik Wide] GMAP

162 bergen street boerum hill 112014

The original details are a little too rococo for our tastes, and we don’t think the lovely and somewhat Japanese feeling kitchen works in this context, but we’re sure someone will go for this grand Italianate in move-in condition.

The 22-foot-wide house is set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden rental. It was gut renovated in 2009, according to the listing, and has all new mechanicals, a finished basement, original wide plank floors, radiant heat in the bathrooms, and zoned central air. Most unusually, it has an elevator.

It was a House of the Day in 2008 and sold for $2,400,000. Now the ask is $4,650,000. Do you think they will get it?

162 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP

210 st james place clinton hill 112014

This landmarked house at 210 St. James Place in Clinton Hill is one of the nicest and best preserved we have seen in a while. The wood work and mantels are really over the top, and look to be in top-notch condition. Architect Benjamin Wright designed it in the Romanesque Revival style for Charles Pratt’s Morris Building Company in 1890 and it belonged to Pratt Institute, according to the designation report.

Although technically a two-family according to PropertyShark, it’s set up as a one-family in the original configuration. Considering it’s narrow at 16.83 feet and has a center hall stair, we think this is the best use of the property.

It looks like just about every original detail is present, but the kitchen and baths could probably use updating (or restoration). There is a butler’s pantry, a second staircase leading to it, and the original passthrough with the marble sinks between the bedrooms. There are also eight working fireplaces with original mantels and gas light fixtures that look as if they could plausibly be original to the house.

The original bathroom in the extension on the third floor could be restored with a claw foot tub — as opposed to just the shower it has now — and plumbing from the passthroughs could easily be extended to turn the storage room in the center of the top floor into a second full bathroom. (There is also a shower in a pantry on the first floor, as well as a toilet off the mudroom.) You can check out a photo of the bathroom on BK to the Fullest, which wrote about the house before it was listed. The roof, hot water heater and heating system (forced air, gas) are new, according to the post.

An open house is set for Sunday from 2 to 3:30 pm. Considering the abundance of details but also that it may need some work (about $200,000, we’d estimate), what do you think of the ask of $2,600,000?

210 St. James Place [MNS] GMAP

192 park place prospect heights 112014

We featured this Neo-Grec brownstone at 192 Park Place as an Open House Pick last week, but we think it merits a closer look. The owner, an LLC, picked it up last year for $630,000. It’s got everything, including new inlaid floors, vintage light fixtures, restored mahogany woodwork and plaster moldings, three mantels (including one wood burning fireplace), all new mechanicals, zoned central AC, radiant floor heat in the bathrooms, a security system, a new facade and a new roof.

Set up as a triplex over a garden rental, it’s one of the better flips we’ve seen. Still, we would have handled a few things differently: The kitchen and back wall configuration is awkward and the floors look too modern, for example.

Did anyone see it in person? What do you think of it and the ask of $3,475,000?

192 Park Place [Corcoran] GMAP

411 kent avenue williamsburg 112014

This old firehouse at 411 Kent overlooking the water in south Williamsburg is being marketed as a development site. The mixed-use property sits on an approximately 23 by 102 foot lot and has 11,419 of buildable square feet, according to the listing.

Inside there doesn’t seem to be much worth preserving — it seems to have been in use as an office, wood shop, artists studio and possibly even a bar or restaurant — although the exterior is historic. Think they’ll get their ask of $6,375,000?

411 Kent Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

15 prospect park west park slope 112014

The Park Slope mansion at 17 Prospect Park West that Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany once called home is back on the market, as Curbed was the first to note. In short, it’s a Renaissance Revival townhouse, designed by noted architect Montrose Morris, on steroids and multiplied.

The house is about 23 feet wide; one of the parlor fireplace is faced in onyx; the dining room has a coffered ceiling, panelling, and over-the-top built-ins; the range is La Cornue; and the pass-through-sink area (slash dressing room) is palatial — just for starters.

The home last sold for $8,450,000, but has been extensively renovated since. Considering that anything over $10,000,000 can sometimes be a hard sell in Brooklyn, do you think someone will snap this up for the new ask of $14,000,000?

17 Prospect Park West [Elliman] GMAP
17 Prospect Park West Coverage [Brownstoner]

485 east 17th street ditmas park 112014

This late Victorian neo-Classical house at 485 East 17th Street has a wraparound porch that is half enclosed with multi-paned windows. There are also neo-Classical columns, original wood work, inlaid floors and other original features. The updated kitchen has not been recently renovated, but appears to be in excellent condition. The bathroom shown, one of three, has many original features, including built-in cabinets. The sprawling house has six bedrooms as well as a family room in the basement with a pool table. The ask is $2,199,000.

485 East 17th Street [Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate] GMAP

558 jefferson avenue bed stuy 112014

This classic Bed Stuy Renaissance Revival brownstone has nice original detail and appears to be in very good condition, with an updated kitchen and bathroom. It’s set up as as a rental over an owner’s duplex. One possible drawback is that the en-suite bathroom on the parlor floor makes it awkward to use the duplex as more than a one-bedroom. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,400,000?

558 Jefferson Avenue [Halstead] GMAP

929 president street park slope 112014

This 21-foot wide Neo Grec brownstone on a park block is about as splendid as they come, even though it’s currently set up as a four family.

Only the parlor floor is pictured and it’s certainly lovely, with beautiful wood work, grand proportions and extraordinary 1880s wood and tile fireplaces.

It’s part of the owner’s duplex, which has living, dining, kitchen and a small deck on the parlor floor and three bedrooms on the garden floor. The top two floors house three rentals. The house will be delivered vacant, according to the listing. (Parts of the building could still be rent regulated; it was reduced from an eight to a five family.)

What do you think of it and the ask of $3,600,000?

929 President Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

Update: The building is not rent regulated because it was converted to a co-op in the ’80s, a spokesperson for Brown Harris Stevens let us know. Also, a certificate of occupancy for a five family is in the works.

697 jefferson avenue bedford stuyvesant 112014

The outside of this fully detached Romanesque Revival-slash-High Gothic brownstone on an extra wide lot is spectacular. Inside, it’s been split up into four units with a painfully ugly renovation that “opened up” the space and replaced baseboards, crown moldings, floors and plaster walls.

Admittedly, the renovation did preserve a great deal of the original wood work and features, including the staircase, doors, window and door surrounds, mantels, wainscot and an adorable niche, but except for the restored exterior, it all looks wrong. Clearly, the flippers were making an effort — and we don’t know exactly what detail remained when they acquired it in May for $1,050,000 — but it’s sad to see what was clearly at one point one of the finest Victorian piles in Bed Stuy gutted.

Do you think it makes sense as an investment property with an ask of $1,849,000?

697 Jefferson Avenue [Elliman] GMAP