Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Home Buyers Are Still Heading to Brooklyn

58 Macon Street, Bed Stuy. Photo via Halstead


    Let There Be Light: The Big and Shiny Pier Mirrors of Victorian Brooklyn

    Old house lovers must be curious about pier mirrors as this story from 2016 is suddenly popular. What is a pier mirror exactly? A pier mirror, or pier glass, is a large mirror designed to fit on the wall space between two windows. They were often designed to hang above a pier table — that is, a table supported by a single pier or column. Hence the name.

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    Detail-Filled Bay Ridge Row House With Parquet, Unpainted Woodwork Asks $1.3 Million

    There’s an unexpected amount of original detail on the interior of this early 20th century Bay Ridge row house, and while it might need some style upgrades, it offers a bit of space along with period features. It’s just a few blocks from the scenic Narrows Botanical Garden at 83 73rd Street.

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    Photo by Susan De Vries

    Contrary to Popular Belief, Home Buyers Are Flocking to Brooklyn

    All the things that make Brooklyn Brooklyn have been assets in the pandemic — abundant parks and outdoor space, low-rise neighborhoods, houses and small buildings in lieu of apartment towers, stoops, knowing your neighbors, mom and pop businesses that cater to locals — even streets of hopping outdoor eateries that can at times feel like a Parisian boulevard. (It’s not exactly Trump’s “anarchist” city.)

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    Four Move-in-Ready Historic Row Houses to See This Weekend, Starting at $1.395 Million

    Last week’s open house picks were all 19th century row houses that are in move-in condition, some with recent renovations. Located in Clinton Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus and Bedford Stuyvesant, they range in price from $1.395 million for a Neo-Grec brownstone in Bed Stuy to $3.995 million for a row house in Clinton Hill. Keep in mind that most open houses still require appointments to be scheduled before viewing.

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    At left, the rendering posted on the construction fence. Photo by Craig Hubert. At right, the original house in 2017. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Rendering Shows Apartment Building That Will Replace Historic Clinton Hill Villa

    A rendering has appeared on the construction fence outside the former site of a pre-Civil War Clinton Hill home, signaling what is to come for the property. Located just outside the Clinton Hill Historic District at 532 Clinton Avenue, the property sold for $6.5 million to 532 Clinton LLC in December 2019, shortly after the home was demolished. The sale came with plans for a 14-unit, seven-story residential building in its place.

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