Last week scaffolding came down at 434 Vanderbilt Avenue, the formerly rundown Fort Greene townhouse that’s been under construction for almost a year. Sean Beckerman of Complimentary Colors Construction Corp, which is owned by Michael Sheehan, got in touch about their work on the project; they took over about six months ago after two other contractors fell through and the renovation was put on hold. The building, unsurprisingly, needed to be gutted, but a previous contractor set up the interior steel structure incorrectly. Complimentary Colors reworked it and corrected a 4-inch lean to the building. And while the LPC asked that they reuse at least 60 percent of the original brick, there wasn’t enough to salvage. They started the facade renovation by removing all the old bricks and mortar, then tied the new cinder blocks to the new interior steel structure. They corrected the 4-inch lean by stepping the bricks in from left to right. They rebricked the entire front of the house with a new brick approved by the LPC. They also rebuilt the front and rear pitched roofs. The reason the reno is missing a full cornice is because the homeowner can’t fund it at this point. The interior setup consists of an owners duplex with two upper floor rental units. And keep an eye out for more: The firm was asked to look at a house across the street, where the owner is considering a four-story addition. What a nice job they did saving this French Second Empire-style home, built back in 1866.
Transformation for 434 Vanderbilt Avenue [Brownstoner]
Salvation for Decrepit Fort Greene Townhouse [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)
The second issue of New York Magazine’s new stand-alone home design magazine, Design Hunting, is out this week and features no fewer than six properties in Brooklyn, including restaurateur-hotelier Andrew Tarlow’s 150-year-old house in Fort Greene. (The magazine hit newsstands Monday, and will be available online in a month.) Tarlow and his wife Kate Huling were attracted to the 1863 house because it had changed very little over the years; they bought it in 2007 and then embarked on what you might call a “makeunder.” They renovated the kitchen and second-floor bathroom, cleaned up the garden and added a fireplace for cooking outdoors, and relined a chimney. Most of the furniture and appliances are second-hand, gifts, or built by Tarlow, whose paintings also line the walls (he was an artist before founding his culinary-hotel empire). The parlor ceiling is a darker color — olive green — than the walls, and the centerpiece is a flaky bit they decided to make a focal point after their first paint job started to peel. The kitchen is quasi-unfitted, with a restaurant stove for cooking; an eagle eye may perceive that the floors slope but the appliances and counters are level. There is no kitchen island, and no television. The couple’s five children “read together, play and draw.” Sounds like our kind of thing. (more…)
1. BOERUM HILL $3,200,000
118 Wyckoff Street GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the listing for this Boerum Hill one family, which was owned by Corcoran senior vice president Deborah Rieders. According to the Real Deal, Rieders purchased the home for $999,000 in 2005. It was asking $3,200,000. Deed recorded on 5/10/2013.
2. PARK SLOPE $2,800,000
592 3rd Street GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the old listing for this one family. It was listed in December 2012 for $2,850,000 and entered contract by March. Deed recorded on 5/8/2013.
3. FORT GREENE $2,775,000
11A South Elliott Place GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in March. It was listed in February for $2,750,000. The home’s a looker, check out the old listing here. Deed recorded on 5/9/2013.
4. WILLIAMSBURG $2,316,518.75
20 Bayard Street, PHB GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the listing for this three bed, two-and-a-half bath condo unit. It was listed in January for $2,250,000. The new owner got a parking space in the deal. Deed recorded on 5/7/2013.
5. COBBLE HILL $2,150,000
253 Pacific Street, #1 GMAP P*Shark
This is the last unit to sell at the modern build 253 Pacific Street. It went right at ask. The other two units sold for $2,495,528 and $2,647,450. Deed recorded on 5/7/2013.
Corcoran broker Andrea Yarrington sent this summary of the townhouse sales in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bed Stuy as part of a marketing mailer last week. Whether you’ve been in the market or not, if you’re reading this blog chances are you have heard plenty of anecdotes about mobbed open houses, multiple bids and all-cash offers. This one-pager is about the best summary of the market over the past few months that we’ve seen. Pretty amazing.
Wowza, what an improvement! The scaffolding is down at 434 Vanderbilt Avenue, the formerly decrepit Fort Greene townhouse just off Fulton Street. Last summer the architects received the blessing of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Community Board Two to replace the existing brick, install new windows, and reconstruct the flat-top dormers. Last year this French Second Empire-style home, built in 1866, wasn’t even able to stand on its own. Click through to see what this townhouse looked like before the restoration and in 2007, before the scaffolding was up. Like the result?
Salvation for Decrepit Fort Greene Townhouse [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)
1. PARK SLOPE $3,750,000
174 Garfield Place GMAP P*Shark
A developer totally renovated this crumbling Park Slope brownstone last year. They paid $975,000 for the home in 2010. It was on the market for a decent while priced at $3,990,000. Not a bad flip at all. Deed recorded on 5/3/2013.
3. FORT GREENE $2,750,00
81 Willoughby Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD this February. We noted, “Except for the new wood floors on the parlor floor, this two-family house at 81 Willoughby Avenue looks chock full of old-timey goodness along with the right touches of modernization. The corner house also has an unusually large front yard for Fort Greene as well as a side yard and side exposure.” It was asking $2,250,000. Deed recorded on 5/3/2013.
4. DUMBO $2,090,000
100 Jay Street, #28A GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the old listing for the three bed/two-and-a-half bath condo at the J condo building. It last sold in 2007 for $1,507,090, then was listed early this year for $2,100,000. Deed recorded on 5/2/2013.
According to the listing for this 11th-floor condo at 1 Hanson Place in Fort Greene, the K line is rarely available. And we can see why: It’s a great layout, with two good-sized bedrooms flanking the living room and kitchen area. There are also two full bathrooms and a washer/dryer. The asking price of $1,399,000 is the same as yesterday’s Co-op of the Day at 47 Prospect Park West. Which you do think is a better deal?
1 Hanson Place, #11K [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
How fantastic is this rental?! A beautiful parlor duplex in Fort Greene with a renovated kitchen, deck, private garden, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an office. Now, if only we had the $6,200 a month to rent it…
311 Adelphi Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
There are no interior photos of this brownstone in Fort Greene at 6 South Oxford Street, probably for good reason. We’ve heard from more than one neighbor about the poor condition of the house, which reportedly has birds and squirrels living inside. The listing says, “Bring your contractor and architect to design the home of your dreams. This four-story, three-family building requires a complete makeover, including new mechanicals, floors, stairs, roof, electric and brownstone re-facing.” According to PropertyShark, it’s a three-family. Do you think the sellers will get their asking price of $2,750,000 for what is, basically, a shell?
6 South Oxford Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP P*Shark
A huge “historic compound,” in the words of Corcoran, is up for sale in Fort Greene just outside the historic district. It includes an Italianate townhouse and carriage house at 164 South Oxford Street — the lot spans the entire width of the block — as well as a garage at 171 South Portland. The interior of the townhouse is quite grand, and the carriage house is cute too. The townhouse is configured as a double duplex with a studio apartment; the brick carriage house contains two one-bedroom apartments, a commercial studio, and a large garage. The listing notes the property also comes with development rights from a next-door lot, for a total of 38,500 buildable square feet. Considering that and the price of $8,950,000, do you think the whole thing is likely to be bulldozed and replaced with a giant apartment building?
164 South Oxford Street [Corcoran] GMAP
This huge prewar one-bedroom at 101 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene has just hit the market with an asking price of $659,000. In addition to the 980 square feet of space, the apartment is on a high floor with corner views. The living room and bedroom are defined by prewar details and the kitchen has been recently renovated, albeit in a somewhat perfunctory manner. Overall one of the nicest units we’ve seen in this building though.
101 Lafayette Avenue #10D [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP P*Shark
Looks like the old One Greene Sushi space is getting a new business called Oxford Kitchen. This signage went up at the end of last week at 1 Greene Avenue at the corner of South Oxford and Fulton in Fort Greene. We presume Oxford Kitchen is a new restaurant (and building permits show no change in use for the space) but we can’t find any mention of it anywhere. Anyone know more?
Anti-corporate messages have appeared on Citi Bike stations in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, and some Brooklyn residents are calling for removal of the stations on the grounds that they are inappropriate in historic neighborhoods, or that residents were not consulted about the locations. Above, flyers on a station on Clermont near Lafayette, near the Brooklyn Flea, point out that advertising is not allowed on landmarked residential blocks. Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James has scheduled a town hall meeting on the matter Wednesday at 6:30 at the Benjamin Banneker Academy at 71-77 Clinton Avenue. Supporters of the program are urging people to attend to defend it. (more…)
One week from today the Fulton Avenue Bid is holding a workshop on the future design of Fowler Square. The DOT made Fowler Square, previously a temporary pedestrian plaza, a permanent fixture in December. The workshop will discuss ways to improve the public space, new permanent design elements, and plans for safer surrounding streets. They are also looking for community feedback on the paving, lighting, plantings, and whatever else is on your mind. The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at 85 South Oxford Street.
Tonight, Council Member Tish James will hold a community meeting on the many changes in store for Myrtle Avenue. The meeting will cover the redevelopment of the Associated Supermarket building, which will include apartments, the public plaza coming to Myrtle between Hall Street and Emerson Place, and the revitalized shopping area. Interested? Tish James will be out tonight at 7 pm at the Willoughby Walk Co-Op at 185 Hall Street. The meeting will be held in the basement community room.
Artist Lorna Simpson has put her Fort Greene house up for sale, as The Real Deal noted previously. It looks a bit stark to us, but we do like the kitchens. Think the ask of $3,129,000 sounds about right?
206 Vanderbilt Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
This one-bedroom, one-bath at the aesthetically controversial Gene Kaufman-designed Verdi condo building in Fort Greene is $2,150 a month. The balcony off the living room and the big windows make the 570-square-foot unit seem a little more spacious. Overall it checks out for those interested in newer, condo finishes in a rental.
82 Adelphi Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
1. PARK SLOPE $3,780,000
43 8th Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A brownstone listed for $3.8 million. As the listing says, “Built for Park Slope’s elite in the late nineteenth century, this small stretch of 8th Avenue is now home to an extraordinary, updated residence of classic proportions and museum quality detail. A 23′ wide classic brownstone, on a full 100′ lot, No. 43 affords the space and room size for gracious living.” Entered into contract after one month on the market. Deed recorded on 3/28/2013.
2. FORT GREENE $3,750,000
32 South Portland Avenue GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this two-family home. The Observer says this is one of the most expensive home sales in Fort Greene. The buyer is an indie production designer. Deed recorded on 3/26/2013.
3. PARK SLOPE $3,000,000
630 3rd Street GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD in November. We said: “The relatively late Arts & Crafts architecture makes this a fairly modern, open plan house, and it appears to be in move-in condition, both of which will suit a lot of buyers.” It was asking $3,350,000. Deed recorded on 3/27/2013.
5. CARROLL GARDENS $2,380,000
305A President Street GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in January. The listing makes it seem like the interior needs a lot of work. Ask: $2,400,000. Deed recorded on 3/28/2013.
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Former Feuchtwanger Stable, now condos
Address: 159 Carlton Avenue
Cross Streets: Willoughby and Myrtle Avenues
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1888
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Marshall J. Morrill, conversion to residential by Anderson Associates
Other Work by Architect: Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene, also Newsboy’s Home on Poplar Street in Brooklyn Heights, as well as row houses in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights
Landmarked: No, but on the National Register of Historic Places (1986)
The story: Even in the 19th century, a Brooklynite with means needed a place to stash the family vehicle. Like today, most people did without their own transportation, and used public transportation, but some, whether for convenience or status, had to have their own wheels. But you can’t leave a 19th century hay burner and rig out on the street, so commercial stables were the obvious solution. The wealthy had their own private stables, but less wealthy people with horses boarded them in places like the Feuchtwanger Stable.
As the residential streets of Fort Greene grew, the service buildings, especially stables, were established on the fringes of the neighborhood, mostly in wooden framed buildings on Fulton Street and Myrtle Avenue, close enough to walk to easily, but far enough away for most, so that the by-products of horse ownership were not smelled all day. But wood framed buildings were fire traps, so that by the end of the 19th century, city regulations and stable owners began to prefer masonry stable buildings. Since the Victorian aesthetic of beauty carried over to even these humble service buildings, the result could often be a building of great beauty, as well as functionality. This one is certainly a beauty. (more…)
The Fort Greene Park Conservancy is showing the documentary The Greenhorns to raise funds for its vegetable garden. The film “explores the lives of America’s young farming community — its spirit, practices, and needs” and is part of a larger effort by the filmmakers to reform agriculture in the U.S. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion on sustainable and urban farming. All proceeds from the $7 admission and sales of beer, wine and popcorn go to the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. The event takes place at 7 pm tonight at The Greene Grape at 767 Fulton Street.