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Here’s another one of those suburban-style stunners that you can only find to the south of Brownstone Brooklyn. This particular pad at 1062 84th Street in Dyker Heights has five bedrooms, a front lawn and an in-ground pool to brag about. It’s also got most of its original details intact. The only aspects of the house we’re not wild about are the kitchen and bathroom, but those are pretty easy to fix, especially if you’re the kind of person who can drop the asking price of $2,600,000 on a single-family house!
1062 84th Street [Fillmore] GMAP P*Shark

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1. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $2,975,000
22 Sidney Place GMAP
A House of the Day back in November, this 17-foot-wide home with plenty of original details hit the market at $2,750,000. According to its listing on StreetEasy, this 1-family features “a large, open kitchen with center island,” “a fireplaced reception room,” “a sweeping staircase with original woodwork,” “a butler’s pantry with wet bar and a working dumbwaiter,” and its “spacious dining room is also warmed by a fireplace and overlooks the leafy garden through a large window and door.” Average Reader Appraisal was $2,457,326. Entered into contract on 1/4/10; closed on 4/29/10; deed recorded on 5/6/10.

2. DYKER HEIGHTS $1,685,000
1127 85th Street GMAP
This brick and stone 1-family home is located close to the Dyker Heights golf course. According to its listing on StreetEasy, “It has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, hardwood floors, central air conditioning, and a wood burning fireplace… This home is nicely elevated allowing stunning views of the Verrazano Bridge… and there is a heated in-ground swimming pool in the secluded backyard. The large garage and private driveway allow parking for two or more cars.” Entered into contract on 4/19/10; closed on 4/19/10; deed recorded on 5/4/10.

3. BERGEN BEACH $1,480,000
2553 East 64th Street GMAP
This 1-family 1,869-sf townhouse sold for $795,000 in 2006, according to StreetEasy. Entered into contract on 2/5/10; closed on 4/20/10; deed recorded on 5/4/10.

4. BOERUM HILL $1,466,000
226 Wyckoff Street GMAP
A House of the Day back in January, this legal 2-family is configured into a 1-family. It has lots of original details and a newly renovated kitchen. Hit the market at $1,395,000 and Average Reader Appraisal was $1,140,086. Entered into contract on 2/16/10; closed on 4/20/10; deed recorded on 5/4/10.

5. PARK SLOPE $1,400,000
398 4th Street GMAP
According to PropertyShark, this 3,620-sf, 3-family brick townhouse hasn’t changed hands since 1991. Entered into contract on 2/3/10; closed on 4/30/10; deed recorded on 5/6/10.

Photos from Property Shark.

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This weekend’s “The Hunt” column in the Times tells the tale of a couple who decided they wanted to move from their rent-free house in Dyker Heights to a condo in Williamsburg. The pair settled on Williamsburg because the neighborhood offered better value than Manhattan areas like Chelsea and Chinatown; the commute to their flower shop on Lafayette Street would take 20 minutes or less; and they were attracted to its dining and drinking scene. However, after the two signed a contract for a $695,000 1-bedroom at 125 North 10th, above, they learned that they had a baby on the way. Since this turn of events happened after last fall’s market implosion, they were able to negotiate a $60,000 discount off list on a 2-bedroom in the same building, and moved in this summer. The most interesting part of the article is the description about how Williamsburg isn’t the perfect match the couple thought it would be now that they have a baby on board: “They are concerned about schools, which they never thought about before. The neighborhood now feels young, and not especially baby-friendly. The Wus wish they could take more advantage of their new neighborhood. ‘When we see people having fun eating at the restaurants, just kind of hanging out,’ Mr. Wu said, ‘we feel like, man, this is what we should be doing! We feel we missed out on the night life here.'”
The Hunt: Shifting Priorities [NY Times]

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Yesterday the sale of the building that housed Victory Memorial Hospital, on the Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights border, was recorded in public records, and the price tag—$45 million—makes it one of the biggest commercial transactions in Brooklyn this year. The story behind the sale is a sad one: The hospital had been facing bankruptcy for a couple years now, and at the beginning of September it laid off 250 workers. A person who works at the facility said Victory officially closed down on Saturday and that half of the building is now being used as a nursing home and half is being operated by SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The deal for SUNY Downstate to take over the facility was reached last year, and a spokesman for the organization said they began taking over some of Victory’s operations last May. The buyers of the building are a firm called Rockaway Parkway Associates, who did not return calls for comment. Victory had been around for more than 100 years. GMAP P*Shark
Photo from Property Shark.

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Photo by Gothamist

New Restaurants for Red Hook
Gothamist asks: “Will Van Brunt Street be Home to a New Restaurant Row?” It’s a question that the press has been asking for a long time, but now Gothamist shares photos of 5 restaurants that are in the works in Red Hook, including Radio Free Red Hook at 365 Van Brunt Street, pictured above. The story also notes the progress at Delightful Coffee Shop (219 Van Brunt), Barrone Ristorante (the old 360 space), Grindhaus (“The sausage and suds HQ is scheduled to open next month at 275 Van Brunt”), and Anselmo’s (the brick oven pizzeria at 351 Van Brunt).

African Eats in Fort Greene
Ligaya Mishan for the New York Times admires the “fusion of West African flavors and French technique” at Abistro, and calls the flatbread at Fulton Street’s new Ethiopian spot, Bati, “the real thing, dusky in color and springy to the touch.” Mishan also recommends the Moroccan dishes at Kif: “In the chicken tagine ($16), presented in its namesake clay pot, the slow-braised meat is mixed with fleshy green olives and heady with preserved lemon.”

This Week’s Openings
Time Out New York says that Brooklyn Public House (247 DeKalb Ave at Vanderbilt Ave, Fort Greene) is opening this week: “Back in the 1950s, the space was occupied by a bar called Eric’s, remembered by locals for its Skip and Go Naked cocktail (vodka, gin, beer, lemon and sugar). Try this revived drink, plus 16 beers on tap—including gems such as Twisted Thistle and Belhaven Stout.” TONY also reports that Mast Brothers Chocolates (105 North 3rd St between Berry and Wythe Sts, Williamsburg) is opening a “weekend-only retail store.”

After the jump: The feds take down Sixpoint’s Hop Obama ale, new tapas in Williamsburg, a 20-pound lobster in Dyker Heights, Di Fara reopens, and Kelso trades beer for blood…

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Should you be keen on calling Dyker Heights home but are of slightly more modest means than the buyer who paid $2.5 million for the priciest spread to changed hands in Brooklyn last week, take a gander at the listing that landed in our inbox yesterday (subject line: “Brooklyn Mansion”). The 5,800-square-foot house is described as follows: “Architecturally breathtaking, this custom four bedroom, three and a half bathroom, center-hall Colonial in desirable Dyker Heights, perfectly captures the essence of the modern living with an expansive foyer with its impressive wedding staircase, high chandelier and imported Italian marble flooring. The adjacent east-wing has a home office, full bathroom and guest room….the sprawling finished basement boasts a lavish underground pool fitted with skylights and a relaxing veranda. French doors lead to the custom wet-bar and game room that’s perfect for entertaining in this in-door paradise.” All for a mere $1,999,000.
7401 14th Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP
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