This lovely three-bedroom, three-bath townhouse in Prospect Lefferts Gardens includes attractive details and a big backyard. There is a coffered ceiling and wainscoting in the dining room and original parquet floors throughout the house.

The 2,700-square-foot pad also has a modern kitchen with a dishwasher that leads to a deck and the backyard. And there’s a large den and laundry room in the finished basement. Do you think the price is right at $6,000 a month?

214 Maple Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

Well, this has to be one of the cutest houses we’ve seen for sale in some time. It’s 25 feet wide and located on a corner at 118 Rutland Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, so it gets a lot of light from windows on three sides.

There are two entrances, simplified late-Victorian-meets-Craftsman wood details, lots of bead board, built-in bookcases, eight bedrooms and a garage. The dining room is particularly charming with its wood panelling and coffered ceiling. So are the bay windows and the porch with Ionic columns.

It was a Rental of the Day in 2012. Do you think they will get their ask of $2,995,000?

118 Rutland Road [Corcoran] GMAP

03/14/14 11:00am

The rental conversion of the former Caledonian Hospital at 100 Parkside Avenue is almost complete, and the Q at Parkside reported on the initial pricing. The Karl Fischer-designed development, called 123 on the Park, will have 120 units, 128 underground parking spaces, and 67 bike parking spaces.

Asking rents for studios will start at $1,999 per month, one-bedrooms from $2,299, two-bedrooms from $3,250 and three-bedrooms from $3,800. Move-ins are scheduled to start May 1, according to the Q.

Almost Time to Say Hello to Caledonia’s Newest Neighbors [Q at Parkside] GMAP
Checking in at the Caledonian Hospital Conversion [Brownstoner]

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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?

206 Midwood Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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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 “berserk-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.

111 Clarkson Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]

01/28/14 10:00am

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.

This property, which was an Open House Pick in June, sold to an LLC for $660,000 in October, according to public records. In Focus Design and Planning will design the new building. The property is located between Bedford and Rogers Avenues. GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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?

78 Fenimore Street [Corcoran] GMAP

11/13/13 10:00am

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

Hello Living Ventures out to New York Avenue [Brownstoner]
Hello Living Plans Another in Prospect Lefferts Gardens! [Brownstoner]
Hello Living Pre-Sells Apartments at One of Its PLG Developments [Brownstoner]
Photo by Guy Baretta for PropertyShark


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?

Design Duo Put Madcap Tudor on Market [Brownstoner]
17 Chester Court [Corcoran] GMAP