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The partially built 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has just started taking applications for affordable rentals, according to developer Hudson Companies. Rents for the 51 subsidized units start at $565 for a studio, $607 for a one-bedroom, $736 for two bedrooms and $843 for three bedrooms.

And income requirements range from $19,371 for a single person and go as high as $50,100 for a family of six. Half of the affordable apartments will be reserved for current residents of Community Board 9. (The area covers southern Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and part of North Flatbush.) (more…)

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This circa-1900 barrel-fronted limestone at 163 Fenimore Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has tons of elegant 19th century details and a triple parlor configuration, but it also has a convenient layout. All the entertaining rooms as well as the kitchen are on the ground floor, with the bedrooms above.

There is a hall mirror, mantel, coffered ceiling, built-ins, stained glass windows and oodles of wood work. The one-family house looks to be in very good condition, going by the photos, and the kitchen and baths have been updated. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,500,000?

163 Fenimore Street [Halstead] GMAP


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Three adorable wood frame Victorians are being torn down on Bedford Avenue between Lenox and Caton Avenues in Flatbush, according to a Brooklynian poster who snapped this photo. They’re coming down to make way for an eight-story Karl Fischer-designed building at 2100 Bedford Avenue, according to permits filed in December. The new development will have 78 units spread across 60,074 square feet, as well as 40 parking spaces on the cellar and first floor. 

The properties at 2100-2110 Bedford Avenue sold for a combined $4,600,000 last year, public records show. Each of the homes sits on a lot that’s 40 feet wide and at least 100 feet deep, which means that a developer will have a 15,000-square-foot plot once the houses have bitten the dust.

Wood frame houses are falling prey to development all over the borough, and activity is especially intense in PLG and Flatbush right now. GMAP

Photo via Brooklynian

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This landmarked 1920s house is on a prominent block in the Manor and has been in lis pendens for years and scheduled to be sold at auction several times (as we noted on one occasion). If it has changed hands more recently than 2003 (for $708,000), though, the sale has not yet hit public records.

There are no interior photos. The listing copy says it has “gracious and elegant bones” but “has been neglected for the past decade” and is uninhabitable, so bring your cash.

The lot is 6,000 square feet and there is a driveway and garage. There may be a doctor’s office on the ground floor, and the taxes are $7,872.53 a year, according to PropertyShark.

Anyone know the backstory here? And what do you think of the ask of $1,500,000?

50 Maple Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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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

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A little storefront with lots of development potential just went up for sale at 770 Flatbush Avenue in Flatbush. TerraCRG is handling the sale. The single-story building is only 2,750 square feet, but a developer could build up to 13,640 square feet on the site.

The plot between between Woodruff and Caton avenues is only a few blocks from the 23-story rental tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue, in nearby Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

In September, the site changed hands for $699,000, public records show. Now the new owners want to flip it for $2,450,000. Also, any future development could qualify for 421a tax abatement (assuming it still exists in six months). GMAP

Photo via TerraCRG

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This three-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is freshly renovated and affordable. There are stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher and washer/dryer. The living room and bedrooms seem nicely sized. And the Parkside Avenue Q is only two blocks away. Here’s the downside: it’s on the second or third floor and looks right over Flatbush Avenue. Do you think it’s worth it for $2,450 a month?

703 Flatbush Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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This three-story limestone at 28 Midwood Street is just the sort of house we would expect to fly off the shelves, but it’s been on the market since March. (See the listing on Sotheby’s site here.) There is a fancy new kitchen and baths with lots of marble and designer appliances as well as tons of original detail.

The latter includes late 19th century fireplaces with tile, parquet, columns, built in seats under windows and the stair, panelling, a beamed ceiling in the dining room, a pier mirror and plenty of wood work, both dark and painted white, throughout. (We wonder, though, if the white-painted exposed brick in the extension kitchen might make the room a little chilly?)

The house last sold for $1,290,000 in 2005, before the renovation — quite a chunk of change back then, even for a single-family house in the Manor. Do you think the asking price of $2,500,000, which has not changed since it was first listed, could be holding it back?

28 Midwood Street [Sotheby’s] GMAP


The nine Townhouses of Cobble Hill have sold out after hitting the market over a year ago at 110-126 Congress Street, according to PR reps for developers JMH Development and Madison Estates. The Morris Adjmi-designed homes debuted in May 2013 with asking prices ranging from $3,650,000 for a three-bedroom, five-bath house to $3,875,000 for a five-bedroom, five-bathroom one.

Meanwhile, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, the four new-construction townhouses at 274-280 Hawthorne Street (above) are all in contract less than a month after listings appeared, Q at Parkside reported. The three-story, three-unit homes hit the market in mid-November, priced from $1,495,000 to $1,695,000.

That is very fast. The Q speculated the buyers are investors who plan to rent out the three-family houses. Based on the floor plans, prices, and the patterns we see in the area and elsewhere, we would have to agree.

274-280 Hawthorne [Q Parkside]
New-Construction Townhouses in PLG Start at $1.495 Million [Brownstoner]
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Yet another standalone Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going to bite the dust, but instead of the usual multi-family apartment building, two new townhouses will rise in its place. Demolition applications were filed in early August to knock down the existing house, a two-and-a-half story single family wood frame with a turret at 272 Hawthorne Street.

The lot is 40 feet wide and 106 feet deep, with a freestanding garage in the back. Apparently the developer plans to divide this lot into 20-foot-wide lots and build two new three-story, two-family homes in its place, according to new building applications filed this morning. The houses at 272 Hawthorne Street and 270 Hawthorne Street, a new address, will each be 3,420 square feet and 30 feet tall, with a curb cut and parking for one car. They will be set up as one floor-through unit over a duplex, according to the Schedule A.

Kamran Badkobeh of Residential Development Group paid $1,100,000 in June for 272 Hawthorne. RDG built its business by buying foreclosed or distressed properties during the recession, fixing them up, and flipping them, The Real Deal reported in 2012.

The house stands next to four empty lots; bookending this row on the corner is another freestanding Victorian, which is in lis pendens. Residential Development Group also picked up two of those empty lots, Nos. 276 and 274 Hawthorne Street, in June last year for $1,400,000. On those two lots, the firm is building two three-story three-family houses, which have been in the works since 2007.  GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


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Here’s a good-looking three-bedroom in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, right near the Crown Heights border. The living room is on the narrow side but the pad gets good light because it’s a corner building. It also has a dishwasher, washer/dryer and a private roof deck. And it’s only a block from the 2/5 at Sterling Street. What’s your opinion of it for $3,100 a month?

406 Rogers Avenue, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday calendared the 18 Tudor Revival homes on Chester Court in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a spokeswoman for the LPC told us. Calendaring means the LPC will eventually vote on whether or not to designate the proposed Chester Court Historic District. Architect Peter J. Collins designed the houses in 1914 and 1915, according to the notice of yesterday’s hearing. The block is a cul-de-sac off Flatbush, next to the 23-story apartment tower rising at 626 Flatbush Avenue.