How adorable is this Prospect Lefferts Gardens brownstone? We are swooning for the simple transitional Victorian-meets-Craftsman details, especially the dining room with its built-ins, panelling, and coffered ceiling. But the original front doors, simple parlor, parquet floors and green tile mantel are great too. What’s more, it’s “only” $1,050,000, which to our jaded ears is beginning to sound like a bargain.
However, it is only a one-family and “needs some TLC,” according to the listing. No bathrooms are shown, which is not a good sign, but we think the kitchen would do just fine with a new counter and some paint. What do you think they will get for it?
Last night, developer Seth Brown from Aspen Equities presented his plans for 111 Clarkson Avenue to neighbors at a meeting in a house on the block. He plans to demolish the crumbling “beserk-eclectic” Victorian house there and build two seven-story rental buildings in its place. He said that he would have loved to save the house, but it had become too decrepit and structurally unsound. “It has essentially been wet for 30 years,” Brown said. However, the details, like the windows and staircase, have been removed by an architectural salvage company.
Brown didn’t show any pictures, but described his plans: The 70-foot buildings will have 22 and 28 units each, and there will be a parking lot with 25 spaces between the two buildings. Both buildings will extend to the property line on either side of the 50 by 242 foot lot, with a driveway on each side of the lot, allowing for parking lot access from Clarkson and Parkside Avenues. Architect Joseph Spector will design the rentals, which will be mostly one- and one-plus bedrooms with a few two- and three-bedroom apartments mixed in. Most units will have balconies, and there will be a washer/dryer in each apartment. Both buildings will have an elevator and roof terrace.
Aspen Equities filed an application for a demo permit in December. A crew should begin taking down the 116-year-old house within the next month, as soon as the DOB issues a permit. Construction should begin by the summer and finish in a year, Brown said.
We noticed that work had recently started up again on the condo development at 90 Sullivan Place in Prospect Lefferts Gardens Crown Heights, which has been a ghost town since a stop-work order halted construction in 2009. A freshly approved building permit shows the developers are moving forward with their original plans from 2006, which were for a six-story building with 28 apartments.
And there will be a garage with parking for 36 cars, recreation space, a community facility on the ground floor and commercial space (a new addition to the plans), according to the new schedule A filing. GMAP
We noticed that Planet Fitness has started renovations in its future location on Flatbush near Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. PFit has erected a sign on top of the Phat Albert building at 495 Flatbush Avenue, and we can see the fitness chain’s tell-tale purple walls through windows on the second floor. The gym will take up half the building’s second floor and a small portion of the first floor, roughly 2,000 square feet, according to DNAinfo.
It looks like Planet Fitness will open before the Crunch gym planned for 842 Lefferts Avenue in Crown Heights, which was hit by stop-work orders because it lacked the appropriate permits. And the PLG branch of Planet Fitness isn’t too far from its Flatbush location at Flatbush and Church avenues. Hat tip to this helpful Forum poster.
This little frame house in Prospect Lefferts Gardens will come down soon to make way for a five-story residential building at 149 Clarkson Avenue, according to a new building application filed today. The five-story, 10-unit building will have 10,508 square feet of residential space.
The layout of this house is unusual and attractive, we think, for a row house. We’re guessing this was originally a three-family with three identical apartments. It’s quite spacious with four rooms deep on each floor, including an extension with a fireplace. The fireplace tile is pretty, and there are some interesting built-ins in the dining rooms. The bottom two floors make up an owner’s duplex, with lots of bedrooms and office space. We’re not quite so enamored of the top floor, which has been chopped into two units. Do you think it’s well priced at $1,395,000?
Hello Living is cutting a swath through Brooklyn from Prospect Heights to Flatbush. Its latest entry is Hello Albemarle at 2415 Albemarle Road, the developer announced in an email newsletter.
Developer Eli Karp currently has four other Brooklyn developments in the works, including two buildings nearby at 651 New York Avenue and 271 Lenox Road. No permits have been filed, and a sale hasn’t hit public records yet. GMAP
Brooklyn Ink has published a remarkable story, well worth reading, about 111 Clarkson, the famous berserk-eclectic Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that in September sold to a developer for $2,675,000. The author spoke to the seller, the buyer, our Montrose Morris columnist Suzanne Spellen, frequent Brownstoner commenter and long-time PLG resident Bob Marvin, and even an owner of the property from the 1970s.
The latter was once offered $50,000 for the windows, or half the price he paid for the house! He refused. Other revelations: The building’s third story is occupied entirely by pigeons. There is a smell of wet wood and water damage in the enclosed porch. And, incredibly, the house still has some furniture in it from the house’s original occupants. (It belongs to the seller and will not be staying with the house.)
Perhaps the biggest revelation is the identity of the buyer: (more…)
The listing for 17 Chester Court, which we wrote about earlier this month, went up over the weekend. As you will see, owners and interior designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke have changed things up a bit in the bedroom and other areas with new upholstery and such, but the painted floors and riot of prints on walls and ceilings are just as they were when the house was photographed for Apartment Therapy, New York Magazine and other media. The house also has a wood burning fireplace, central air, three outdoor spaces, an alarm system, and a basement that can be legally rented, according to the listing. As you may recall, neighbor 30 Chester Court zipped to contract with an ask of $829,000 and needing some work. Now 18 Chester Court is on the market as well, with a price of $865,000 and no photos. Do you think 17 Chester Court is well priced at $1,395,000?
This two-bedroom apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens looks pretty spacious and still has most of its original details. The approximately 1,000-square-foot floor-through apartment occupies the second floor of a two-family house. The living room has a bay window, a pier mirror, pocket doors and fretwork. The dining room two built-in china cabinets, one of them built into the fireplace mantel. There are quite a few closets, including one built into the ex-dumbwaiter. The one bathroom isn’t pictured. What do you think of it for $1,975?
This completely detached house with garage resembles a fanciful Norman cottage with its full, sloped roof and diamond-paned windows. We’re guessing based on the interior niches and other details that it dates from the early 20th century. It has a fireplace flanked by built-in shelves in niches in the living room, a sunroom, a study, six bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The kitchen and baths are not pictured — wonder if any of the original details are left? Also, we dig the couches. What do you think of the $3,000,000 price tag?
More than half of the apartments in the 40-unit building at 35-41 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect-Lefferts are already spoken for, according to Brian Meier, a broker with Douglas Elliman. Fourteen of the units were released in early June, and within a night, all had offers at their asking prices — between $200,000 and $400,000 — along with backup buyers. Now there are 16 units under contract, with another 6 ready for release on Wednesday.
The prewar, four-story building is a conversion from rentals to condos and will be 100 percent occupant owned, Meier added. “We are working with tenants to leave the building and then releasing the apartments in batches,” he wrote in an email. GMAP