This three-bedroom takes up the upper two floors of the home at 277 Rutland Road, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. It looks like an ideal apartment share, and there’s also access to the building laundry room and the backyard. At $2,650 a month, the price seems right. Do you agree?
277 Rutland Road [Alexander Bilu] GMAP P*Shark
A proposed new design for Q Plaza, above, can be seen at the blog The Q At Parkside. The design will improve the all-cement corner with seating and trees, just outside the Q stop at Parkside near the Southeast corner of Prospect Park in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The renderings were created by local In Cho and presented to the Department of Transportation. Since the area is so close to the park, the DOT would not normally support adding greenery here, but the change can happen if locals support it, said the DOT. And so a group has been formed to do just that, The Q At Parkside reported.
Makeover Time for the Q Plaza [The Q At Parkside]
We’re not wild about the new kitchen and bathroom finishes but otherwise this two-bedroom co-op at 45 Martense Street is looking pretty good. At 1,400 square feet it’s a lot of apartment for $349,000, even for Prospect Lefferts Gardens (and especially since it’s prewar). The bedrooms are gigantic, there’s a ton of closets and there are two bathrooms. The maintenance is $856 a month. Good buy?
45 Martense Street #5E [Halstead] GMAP P*Shark
Hudson Companies, the developer of Third + Bond, confirmed that it has filed plans for a 23-story, 254 unit mixed-use building at 626 Flatbush Avenue in Propsect Lefferts Gardens. The company has not yet received permits for the building. The Real Deal reports that the company signed a contract for the Flatbush Avenue site in March 2012 but has not yet closed. The L-shaped lot (the large building at the top center of the above image and the parking lot behind it) is on Flatbush between Parkside Avenue and Lincoln Road. The site’s owner filed for bankruptcy and TRD speculates that Hudson may need approval from bankruptcy court to close on the property.
This may all sound a bit familiar. Back in 2008 a 20-story glass-walled tower was planned for the neighborhood on Lincoln Road near Ocean Avenue. There was much community opposition and that building was never built. The lot was sold to another developer planning a much smaller structure. Think this is good for the neighborhood? Think it has a better chance than the last failed attempt to put a highrise in this neighborhood?
Does anybody have the inside scoop on 534 Flatbush Avenue? The entire ground floor is under construction and it looks like a big, glassy storefront is going in. The DOB recently issued permits for the interior renovation of “an existing eating and drinking establishment.” A small grocery store previously occupied the corner space, but here’s an old listing for the entire ground floor — a huge space and an awesome location. You can read about the building’s history in this Building of the Day post. UPDATE: According to the Q at Parkside, this will be an upscale grocery called Wholesome Foods Market. It should open soon! GMAP
Here’s a two-bedroom rental in a Prospect Lefferts Gardens home, 294 Fenimore Street. The bones look good and the kitchen’s been renovated. It’s a few blocks from the park (between Rogers and Nostrand Avenues) and asking a reasonable $1,400/month.
294 Fenimore Street [Fraziers Realty] GMAP P*Shark
There are a few changes in motion for this corner of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, the location of the old Bond Bakery building at 495 Flatbush Avenue. A tipster writes that a new beer distributor has moved into the ground floor one building over at 507 Flatbush at the corner of Lefferts, and is “catering to a diverse market who want more than just Bud Light.” They also fill growlers-to-go with on-tap craft beers. The windows of that building have also been replaced and the exterior’s generally been spruced up. As for 495 Flatbush Avenue, pictured above, the space of longtime-tenant Phat Albert’s is up for lease. The rest of the building, however, remains in poor shape, with most of the windows along Washington Avenue boarded up. The upper floors previously housed a daycare center and school. You can read about the building’s history at this Building of the Day post. You can also see a few more recent photos after the jump. Now if only someone can restore that clock tower! GMAP (more…)
This two-story home in Prospect Lefferts Gardens comes with a hefty price tag of $7,400/month. Sure, there are five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a private backyard. The interior boasts a lot of dark wood accents but not as much charm as you’d expect. Ultimately that price is just too high, even for a full home out in PLG. The listing’s been on the market since November without a price cut — what price seems reasonable for this type of pad?
90 Maple Street [Space Real Estate] GMAP P*Shark
A House of the Day pick in 2007 and again in 2011, 181 Midwood Street sold last month for 54 percent more than it traded for five years earlier. The most recent asking price — established last September when the house re-emerged on the market — was $1,300,000. The Corcoran listing shows (and public records confirm) a sale price of $1,420,000 on December 14, 2012. (In 2007 the ask for the two-story house was $925,000 and it sold for $920,000.) That’s not too shabby for one of the smaller homes on the block, albeit one with lots of original detail and a big upgrade. As far as we know, the highest-recorded Prospect Lefferts Gardens sale is 52 Midwood for $1.665 million.
House of the Day: 181 Midwood Street [Brownstoner]
A reader sent in these photos of Tugboat Tea Company, a newly-opened coffee and tea shop at 546 Flatbush Avenue, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The Brooklyn Paper previously wondered about the curse of PLG coffeehouses, noting that “hipper options have opened in the neighborhood in the past 10 years, only to later close or change focus for reasons both benign and outright bizarre.” (Case in point: K-Dog and Dunebuggy, a popular spot that closed in 2011; nearby Blue Roost Petite Café, which eventually moved into the K-Dog space, closed this summer.) But so far it seems like Tugboat is a hit in the neighborhood, and the Brooklyn Paper quotes the owners feeling confident about their PLG arrival. So who’s been?
Will This Coffee Shop Survive Where Others Have Failed? [Brooklyn Paper]
Photos by Bob Marvin (more…)
The Q at Parkside blog shares an update about the new development planned for 33 Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and it turns out the developers are still seeking funding. Here’s what developer Thomas Anderson told The Q: “HDC does its bond financing twice a year and, having wrapped up December, they are now planning their project list for this June. Together with my partner Alex Goldin and the support of the Chase Community Development Bank, we intend to make our presentation to them later this month. HDC has deferred our project twice previously, so we’re hopeful that the third time is a charm.” The proposal, which includes 133 units of affordable housing, already received the support of Community Board Nine.
New Delay With Lincoln Road Building [The Q at Parkside]
Affordable Build in PLG Gets Public Airing [Brownstoner]
PLG Tower Plans Scratched for Nine-Story Rental [Brownstoner]
This fall we wrote up 292 Sterling Street, a two-story landmarked brownstone in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, as House of the Day. At the time it was asking $880,000. A broker involved with the sale reports that the house closed in December for $895,000, $15,000 over the asking price. The home received multiple offers. Reason enough to be bullish about the PLG housing inventory, especially the brownstones right next to the park?
House of the Day: 292 Sterling Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
The Ditmas Park Corner blog shares some good news of renovations to come at the Cortelyou Road, Beverley Road and Parkside Avenue subway stops. (News of the Parkside reno came out this October.) The renovations, according to DPC, “will be extensive, including rebuilding stairs, repairing concrete, painting throughout, and improving the lighting. But the designs of the stations will be maintained.” Work should begin in September 2013 on all three stations at once. Subway closures will happen at four to five month intervals.
Cortelyou, Beverley and Parkside Stations Will Be Renovated in 2013 [DPC]
Photo by moshimikey
According to the Q at Parkside blog, Community Board Nine will meet with developer Tom Anderson concerning the new development planned for 33 Lincoln Road near Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. This is the former site of the controversial 20-story glass tower. The new proposal will be a 133-unit affordable rental building with twenty percent of the units affordable to low-income families and 80 percent affordable to middle-income families. According to the Q at Parkside, there is some local concern about the affordable housing aspect of the project. The CB9 meeting will be held Tuesday at 7 pm, at 400 Empire Boulevard.
Tuesday CB9 Meeting Agenda [The Q at Parkside]
PLG Tower Plans Scratched for Nine-Story Rental [Brownstoner]
Nine-Story Rental Planned for Old Prospect Park Tower Site [Curbed]
Two Buildings for the PLG Glass Tower Site? [Brownstoner]
PLG Tower Site Officially Sells [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: Action at PLG Tower Site [Brownstoner]
Would-Be PLG Tower Site Sold? [Brownstoner]
Site for Glassy PLG Tower Hits the Market [Brownstoner] GMAP DOB
Our first thought when we saw this listing was that this single-family house seemed underpriced at $795,000. We’re used to seeing properties with details like this (in apparently good condition) priced over a million, at least. But this same house was a House of the Day last year, and did not sell then. Think the location at 119 Clarkson Avenue was to blame? Will they get their price now?
119 Clarkson Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
House of the Day: 119 Clarkson Avenue [Brownstoner]
Today the Q at Parkside Blog reports some welcome news for neighborhood Q train riders: the DOT secured the money to totally rehab the Parkside Q Station. That means restoration of the stairs, tracks, ceilings, columns, etc. Q at Parkside says, “No word yet on how extensive will be the cosmetic work on the headhouse, but believe me I got down on my knees and begged Assistant Director Andrew Inglesby for light fixtures, matching doors, scraping down to the bone and repainting. Look, if they don’t do the job properly and fix more than the infrastructure, what’s the point of spending millions of our dollars?” The New York City Transportation Authority is bidding out the project right now and work should begin in the spring.
Dreams Really Can Come True for the Q [The Q at Parkside]
Photo by miss julia
We’re surprised to see that this house at 75 Maple Street in the landmarked Lefferts Manor historic district dates from 1910. (At least, that’s what the listing says.) Parts of the exterior and interior appear so altered, at least in the photos, it’s hard to if the house is old or new. While we’re wondering if it hasn’t been a bit over-renovated, there’s no doubt it’s a huge and completely detached single family in what appears to be excellent condition. If it goes for the ask of $1,700,000, it will set a record for sales in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, according to the reader who sent us the listing. What’s your opinion?
75 Maple Street [Custom Brokers] GMAP P*Shark