This Neo-Grec brownstone in Prospect Heights sits on an extra deep lot. The catch: It’s a five-family. But it will be delivered vacant, the listing promises, and some of the detail, such as fireplaces and shutters, appears to have survived, although the floors are new. What do you think of it for $3,900,000?
204 Park Place [Donawald Realty] GMAP P*Shark
Ideya Latin Bistro, formerly located in SoHo, is opening a new location at the old Carlton Park space, on the corner of Park Place and Flatbush Avenue. Dubbed Ideya Brooklyn, it will open by mid-June, the owner estimates. She says you can expect the same menu as in SoHo with some tweaks — the original chef will be cooking at the new spot. There will be an emphasis on Caribbean food such as jerk, salt cod, and curry dishes. The restaurant is also known for its mojitos, which will be served from the restaurant bar. Ideya just received approval from the community board and is working on cosmetic changes at the new space. Nice addition for the summertime! GMAP
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.
The new Hello Living development at 618 Washington Avenue, on the corner of Pacific Street, has really been coming together as of late. A rendering never emerged for this one, so all those balconies up there took us by surprise. There’s also no word yet whether this will go rental or condo, but the website says it’ll be called HELLOWashington. Construction started up on the 11-unit building last summer.
Progress at New Hello Living Development [Brownstoner]
Hello There: Another Washington Avenue Condo Coming [Brownstoner] GMAP DOB
If you’ve eaten at Lulu & Po in Fort Greene, you’ve seen the warm modernism of interior and certified LEED designer Kananshree Prasse, a partner at Brooklyn-based Ka.Va Design. For her first personal project, her family home in Prospect Heights, Prasse wanted to do something ecological and energy efficient, but quickly realized a fully LEED certified house would not be possible on their budget. So she decided to focus on the two things that would give them the biggest bang for the buck in terms of energy savings. “If you have limited resources, the most important thing is to insulate the exterior envelope and get good windows,” she said.
Low-floor apartments aren’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to compromise on views you can usually pick up some extra space in the bargain. This three-bedroom co-op at Turner Towers is massive (2,200 square feet) and is characterized by prewar details and generously proportioned rooms. The asking price of $1,450,000 puts the per square foot multiple at about $660. The $2,280 maintenance is not insignificant but pretty normal for a place this size. The current owners paid just $818,000 in 2011 but have since invested in a substantial renovation.
135 Eastern Parkway #1C [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Beautiful! This five-bedroom duplex in Prospect Heights gives you a lot to work with: 2,400 square feet of space, original details galore, and access to the garden. It’s asking $6,495 a month, which seems fairly reasonable for that much space in a landmarked brownstone right off Grand Army Plaza.
270 Sterling Place [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
This two-bedroom, two-bath looks like a fairly typical unit for the condo development 1 Grand Army Plaza. It’s a standard layout with a nice big balcony thrown in there, right off the living room. The brokers list it as 1,043 square feet. For all that glassy goodness? $5,200 a month.
1 Grand Army Plaza [Halstead] GMAP P*Shark
It’s funny: The listing for this one-bedroom pad at 20 Plaza Street East describes the apartment as being “cozy” when it looks pretty decently sized to us. The Prospect Heights co-op has attractive Art Deco details and a full-time doorman. And the location is obviously great too. The monthly maintenance is $891 and the asking price is $385,000. We’d be surprised if they don’t get it.
20 Plaza Street East #A21 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
The North Flatbush Avenue BID recently shared an update about its streetscape improvement project, which has been in the works for a few years now. (The area currently has temporary improvements up until the full capital project can be completed next year.) City agencies submitted comments on the proposed design, and Parsons, which is a partner on the project, will incorporate the suggestions into a new design that will be available shortly. And the DEP, which plans to install bioswales on the triangles at 6th, 7th and 8th avenues, will begin soil testing to make sure the areas can support them. The entire project involves turning the Flatbush Avenue triangles into pedestrian spaces, improving crossings, and adding open space, trees, plants, and cafe tables and chairs.
We’re digging the look and feel of this new listing at 240 Prospect Place between Vanderbilt and Underhill in Prospect Heights. The two-bedroom pad has lovely prewar details and appears to be in very good shape. It’s got great light and windows on two sides (and technically windows on all four sides). The maintenance is $895 a month and the asking price is $699,000. We bet this’ll go pretty fast.
240 Prospect Place #4 [Halstead] GMAP P*Shark
Quite a few of Brooklyn’s most prolific and successful architects have a German background: the Berlenbach’s; father and son, Rudolph Daus, William Schickel, and the most prolific of all; Theobald Engelhardt. To this list, we can add another; Benjamin Dreisler. His work appears mostly in Flatbush and Long Island, and he was a busy man, designing hundreds of homes in those areas, while also contributing to the architectural landscape of Brownstone Brooklyn. He also was quite active in Brooklyn’s architectural enclaves, leading architectural organizations, and contributing to the general public’s knowledge of just what it was an architect did. This is his story.
Benjamin Dreisler came from Bavaria, and was born there in 1849. He came to the United States in 1881. We don’t really know what he was up to until 1895, when his name appeared as a builder, with an office in Flatbush, on Avenue C and Flatbush Avenue. By 1896, his name starts appearing as an architect in the Real Estate Record and Builder’s Guide, which tracked the building trades in the New York City metropolitan area.
A great deal of Dreisler’s work was in Flatbush. Between 1899 and 1911 he designed sixteen homes in Dean Alvord’s Prospect Park South. His homes also appear in other parts of what we call Victorian Flatbush. In Midwood South alone, he designed 20 frame cottages, all typical of his suburban style, middle class housing work. In a newspaper advertisement, he wrote that he had designed over 400 such cottages across Flatbush, Long Island and New Jersey, all modest and modern suburban homes, reasonable in cost. A group of ten homes in Kensington was described as being for “clerks and other skilled workmen.” (more…)
The townhouse at 577 Carlton Avenue is one of our favorite buildings in all of Prospect Heights, and the whole shebang is now up for rent. The interior of the four-story home is pretty funky, but it’s also full of classic detail like woodburning fireplaces, stained glass and wainscoting. We just wish there were more pictures. It’s all asking $8,500 a month, which comes in a little cheaper than other townhouse rentals available in desirable locations.
577 Carlton Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
The St. Catherine is now open at 660 Washington Avenue, right on the corner of Bergen Street. It’s a cafe by day and a bar by night. According to this Prospect Heights Patch article, the owners plan to serve pastries, coffee, and sandwiches during the day. They’ll also have WiFi available. At night, they will serve comfort food alongside a full drink menu. The space itself looks very nice; you can check out the owner’s progress over at the Saint Catherine Facebook page. One of the owners here is a co-owner of Fresh Salt, another cafe and bar combination at the South Street Seaport. Did anyone check the place out last night? GMAP
Photo via Facebook
1. COBBLE HILL $2,730,000
309 Warren Street GMAP P*Shark
A single-family townhouse that hit the market in November, then was relisted this January. It was asking $2,899,000. From the looks of the listing, this is one impressive home. Deed recorded on 3/12/2013.
2. PROSPECT HEIGHTS $1,548,500
651 Vanderbilt Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD pick way back in 2007. The one-three family home has a ground-level storefront. It’s currently configured as two three-bedroom apartments. According to Streeteasy, the building sold a number of times between 2004 and 2008. It was last listed in August of 2012 for $1,600,000. Deed recorded on 3/14/2013.
3. FISKE TERRACE $1,525,000
65 Wellington Court GMAP P*Shark
This is a lovely stand-alone house in the Fiske Terrace Historic District. Here’s the old listing. This is also an impressive flip: the home sold in 2011 for $425,000, then it was listed the next year for $1,625,000. Deed recorded on 3/15/2013.
Condo units will soon be available at The Mark, a new Prospect Heights build at 268-270 St. Marks Avenue. According to the teaser website and signage now on the building, there will be six two-, three-, and four-bedroom units. Square footage ranges from 1,433 to 2,338. Pricing isn’t yet available but prices at 272 St. Marks Avenue, the new condo build next door, ranged from $509,000 to $895,000 for a studio to a three bedroom. Do you like the final product?
The Brooklyn Mark [Official Site]
The Reveal at 268-270 St. Marks Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP
This new co-op listing at 400 Lincoln Place is a rare chance to get a real prewar one-bedroom in Prospect Heights for under $300,000. Granted, at $299,000, it’s barely under $300,000, but still seems like a decent option for someone looking to get into the market. The big downside about this place is that the kitchen and the dining/living area are one in the same. Other than that, the windows, prewar vibe and proximity to subways are all positives. This place sold for $211,145 back in 2006.
400 Lincoln Place #2B [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Here’s a comprehensive look at exciting openings happening along North Flatbush Avenue, courtesy of the North Flatbush Avenue BID. It’s already been reported that Franny’s is moving from 295 Flatbush Avenue to a Flatbush location closer to 8th Avenue. They plan to close the original Franny’s in three to four weeks. Eventually the owners will open an Italian eatery in the same space. The much-anticipated Shake Shack planned for Flatbush Avenue will arrive in the fall of 2014. The Red Mango Yogurt space (pictured), with signage up on Flatbush and Prospect, should open in April. The owners of Elbow Room (which is opening on Flatbush between Dean and Bergen) will also open a taqueria on Flatbush Avenue. The working title of the restaurant, which will also have an outdoor cafe, is Cooper Station. A TD Bank will open on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Bergen Street, and the space at 328 Flatbush Avenue, rumored to be an adult novelty store, is instead becoming a pet and pet supply store. The 4,000 square foot space is currently under construction.
We had thought the defective bolts holding together the Barclays facade were all fixed, but now it turns out that’s not true. A delayed report on construction progress on Atlantic Yards indicates they were still in place in January, the Atlantic Yards Report revealed. Are they still there now? We don’t know, but we and at least one reader have seen workers on the roof of Barclays doing something in the last few weeks. We hope Barclays can get this matter taken care of quickly, for public safety.
Delayed Report: Defective Bolts Still in Place in January [AYR]
Structural Weakness at Barclays Revealed, Fixed [Brownstoner]