Park Slope


After selling out the brownstone condo conversion at 659 Carroll Street in Park Slope, the same developers are gearing up to do the same thing next door at 661. While the prices (which start at $949,000) seem aggressive to us, we have to say that it’s refreshing to see a conversion like this that’s neither complete crap nor trying to be too “luxury”. It looks to us like the developers went for a straight-down-the-middle approach that plays up the original floorboards and fireplace and delivers a very solid product without too much futzing around. Even the bathrooms, which have a modern edge to them, are tastefully done. Of course, the photos we’re looking at are of the first building; the second one is under construction, so it’s hard to say for sure that they will stay the course. You can go poke around for yourself at the open house on Sunday from 12-2. Small developers, take note. Keeping the original floors made this apartment.
Property #107 [Townsley & Gay] GMAP P*Shark


PARK SLOPE $849,000
1017 Eighth Avenue, Apt. 1
2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,200-square-foot duplex co-op in a prewar building; dining room, living room with fireplace, renovated baths, recreation room, hardood floors, laundry, private garden; maintenance $830, 40% tax deductible; listed at $849,000, 6 weeks on market. (Closed 3/15/07.) Broker: Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy & Garfield. Photo from P*Shark.

DITMAS PARK $235,000
570 Westminster Road
1-bedroom, 1-bath, 850-square-foot co-op in a prewar building; 24-hr. doormen; dining area, eat-in kitchen, 2 exposures, laundry in building; maintenance $480, 45% tax deductible; listed at $235,000, 2 weeks on market. Broker: Brooklyn Hearth Realty.

From the print edition of yesterday’s New York Times


Here’s an attractive two-bedroom in a lovely (albeit elevator-less) limestone building on one of the Slope’s grander streets. The pre-war apartment appears to have retained much of its original charm, including pocket doors and and woodwork around the windows though (what happened to the crown moldings, though?). This apartment also has its own entrance to the building’s common garden. Given the 321 factor, the asking price of $819,000 seems achievable to us. What think you?
474 3rd Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
Photo by Kate Leonova for Property Shark


Two weeks after Marty Markowitz came out against it, the Department of City Planning held a hearing on Wednesday night to discuss the “supported housing facility” that has been proposed for the city-owned site (now a parking lot) at 575 Fifth Avenue. This issue has electrified and divided the South Slope community since it was announced at the beginning of the year, so the standing-room-only crowd of 150-plus people was no surprise. While those against the project made up only about 20 percent of the audience, Chair Amanda Burden decide to alternate speakers from the “for” and “against” camps. Some of those against the project gave thoughtful input, saying that they wanted to see more outreach by FAC to the immediate community, a clear understanding of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and more transparency by FAC on what the screening process will be and consideration on some of the BP’s and CB7’s recommendations. Another contingent of the opposition had things like this to say about the potential inhabitants of the facility: “Park Slope is the most liberal thinking place in Brooklyn, but we don’t want those people here.”
Marty DK’s Fifth Avenue Housing Project [Brownstoner] GMAP
FAC Development at 575 Fifth Avenue [Brownstoner]
Photo by Kate Leonova for Property Shark


Is it just our imagination or have there been a number of $3 million-plus houses hitting the market in Park Slope recently. (Just last week we looked at 112 Prospect Park West.) This five-story bay-front house at 52 Montgomery Place just hit the Corcoran site and there’s not much to go on yet: There are no photos or floorplans posted and the first showing hasn’t happened yet. While we have no reason to doubt the listing’s description of “rooms of grand proportions with period details,” the air conditioners and the fact that the same person has owned us makes us wonder what kind of shape the interior’s in. Then again, after owning the house for three and a half decades, the seller took out a $550,000 mortgage two years ago; perhaps that money went into giving the house a tune up. Anyone been inside in the last couple of years?
52 Montgomery Place [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Photo by Kate Leonova for Property Shark


DITMAS PARK $996,000
1416 Ditmas Avenue
117-year-old 5-bedroom, 3-story wood 2-family house; primary duplex: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, whirlpool; simplex: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, dining room; 40-by-100-ft. lot; taxes $3,500; listed at $1,065,000. Broker: Mary Kay Gallagher.

PARK SLOPE $1,395,000
231 15th Street
1,600-square-foot, 2-bedroom triplex penthouse condo in a new building; high ceilings, hardwood floors, Manhattan skyline and State of Liberty view; common charge $680; 100% tax abatement; listed at $1,395,999. Broker: Betancourt.
Residential Sales [NY Times]


PARK SLOPE $410,000
164 Sterling Place
1-bedroom, 1-bath 600-sq.-ft. co-op in a prewar building; renovated kitchen and bath, high ceilings, hardwood floors, south exposure; common garden; maintenance $288, 30% tax-deductible; listed at $410,000, 1 week on market. Broker: Brooklyn Properties of 7th Avenue. Photo by kate Leonova for Property Shark.

543 16th Street ( Park West)
2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,211-sq.-ft. condo in a newly constructed building; dining area, kitchen with granite breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances, marble baths, cherry wood floors, home office, whilpool bath, 2 exposures; balcony; common charge $290; taxes $1,488 (abated); listed at $889,000, 8 weeks on market. Broker: Brooklyn Properties of 7th Avenue.

From the print edition of yesterday’s New York Times.


On 7th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, preparations are under way for a new five-story, four-unit residential building. Given that the building will have a total of abou 10,000 square feet, these will be some much-needed family-sized apartments. Given the location and the precedent set by the adjacent Florentine condos (which are sold out, believe it or not), we don’t have much faith that it’ll be much to look it. We hope we’re proven wrong. GMAP P*Shark DOB


Yowza! Check out today’s eye candy on Prospect Park West, a two-family center-stair mansion in full period get-up. As the pics show, someone’s gone to great lengths to preserve the original details and to recreate the original interior design. According to Property Shark, this house hasn’t changed hands in the last four decades, implying this is really a lifetime’s labor of love. This is one of those listings that is useless to try to put a dollar value on. At $3,975,000, it’s expensive enough to be well out of the reach of mere mortals. The question is only will someone very wealthy fall in love.
112 Prospect Park West [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark


Third Street is arguably the Slope’s grandest East-West street and limestone mansions like this single-family at Number 558 are the reason why. We’re aching to see some interior pics but have no reason to doubt the listing’s desciption of original “lovingly maintained” original details. (Throw us a bone with that “paneled formal dining room” though!) Anyhoozles, there was an open house yesterday, though we suspect that the $3,499,000 asking price puts the 4,400-square-foot shloss out of the range of most readers. Anyone go for the pure voyeurism of it all?
Listing #104 [Townsley & Gay] GMAP P*Shark
Photo by Kate Leonova for Property Shark