festive fifth

Park Slope’s 5th Avenue is hosting a holiday festival this Saturday, complete with a tree lighting, Santa Claus and carolers. The fun begins with a tree lighting at 6:30 pm at the corner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street (in front of S’Nice). There will be free hot chocolate, marshmallows, cookies, brownies and popcorn during the outdoor festivities, which will last until 9 pm. Puppetry Arts and NY Kids Club will present puppet performances and games, and singer-songwriter Amy Miles and carolers from Opera on Tap will perform. And there will be specials and sales at shops and restaurants all along 5th Avenue in honor of Small Business Saturday.

763 carroll street park slopePark Slope
763 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $4,249,000
Sunday 2:30 – 4:00

97 north 7th street williamsburg 112014Williamsburg
97 North 7th Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,250,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30

445 carroll street gowanus 112014Gowanus
445 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,995,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30

232 greene avenue clinton hill 112014Clinton Hill
232 Greene Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,795,000
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30

altamira workshop

Home goods and crafts store Altamira Workshop opened last weekend at 217 6th Avenue in Park Slope. Owners Philip Sachs and Amy Fierro sell handmade items, many of them produced locally, such as ceramics, jewelry, stationery, art and home goods.

The owners have “created an in-house brand of goods that emphasize a combination of affordability and high design,” according to the shop’s press release. They’ve been teaching printmaking classes and selling their prints for years at outdoor markets like the Flea, and now they’ll offer consultations on printmaking and an onsite print shop at Altamira.

The shop’s name refers to the Cave of Altamira in Spain, which contains some of the earliest known Paleolithic cave paintings. GMAP

Photo via Altamira Workshop

917 president street park slope 112014

This parlor-level floor-through apartment at 917 President Street in Park Slope just hit the market with a price tag of $1,495,000. That’s a princely sum for a single floor but the apartment is in a primo location and benefits greatly from a generous rear addition that accommodates a kitchen, a bathroom and an extra bedroom. The place is in beautiful shape and comes with lots of architectural detail.

917 President Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

769 carroll street park slope 112014

This 1.5-bedroom in a North Slope brownstone is pretty big and loaded with attractive original details. We see original moldings around the doors and windows as well as mirrored wooden mantels. The bedroom pictured looks reasonably sized, but the kitchen seems pretty small. Do you think $3,250 a month sounds reasonable?

769 Carroll Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

542 9th street park slope 112014

This lower duplex at 542 9th Street in Park Slope just hit the market with an asking price of $1,950,000. There is some nice historic detail and the unit comes with a private garden. On top of that, both floors have an extension, which means a more generous layout than your standard brownstone. The place feels a little shabby to us, but nothing that a new owner couldn’t spiff up without much trouble. And, don’t forget, it’s less than a block from Prospect Park.

542 9th Street, #1 [Brown Harris Stevens] 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]

53 lincoln place park slope 112014

This $2,400,000 duplex at 53 Lincoln Place in Park Slope is pretty slick. The 2,217-square-foot pad takes up the ground floor and basement of the 2009 vintage building. It’s all very modern but in an unrisky way that should have broad appeal. We can’t recall ever seeing such an intricately dug out back yard. It’s a little too institutional feeling for our taste but it looks pretty pro. Fair price?

53 Lincoln Place, #1 [Corcoran] 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.

490 2nd street park slope 102014

This floor-through apartment at 490 2nd Street in Park Slope just hit the market with an asking price of $999,000. The one-bedroom pad has been attractively renovated. It’s currently configured as a one-bedroom but you could definitely squeeze a second bedroom into the back of the unit. And don’t forget this bonus: There’s a private roof deck that needs work but is big. Waddya think?

490 2nd Street, #3 [Town] GMAP

359 7th street2

A now-vacant lot at 359 7th Street in Park Slope just sold for $1,860,000, or $453 per buildable square foot. The sale was brokered by Ariel Property Advisors, which said in a release that the price per buildable square foot was a record for the neighborhood. The unnamed buyer plans condos, said Ariel. The 20.5 foot wide, 100 foot deep lot can accommodate a 4,100 square foot building.

The previous owner, an LLC, bought the site in August of 2012 for $1,250,000. At the time the lot had was home to a frame house built sometime before 1899. The application to demolish the building was approved in December of that year. The transaction has not yet hit public records. Click through to see a photo of the frame house that was torn down.

Photo above by Google Maps; photo below by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

39 Plaza Street West combo

This new listing at 39 Plaza Street West in Park Slope has a lot going for it. Three exposures with crazy views towards Manhattan, lotsa prewar cred (Candela!) and a head-to-toe renovation. The new kitchen is very nicely done, though the fixtures in the bathroom are trying a little too hard to be modern. The two-bedroom pad has a monthly maintenance of $1,712 and is asking $1,350,000. You like?

39 Plaza Street West, #10C [Corcoran] GMAP