Petite Faux Chateau and Two Other Houses in Flatbush Give Way to Big Apartment Building


Brooklyn’s wave of development just made a big splash in Flatbush, where a no-name developer is demolishing three houses — including a unique faux French chateau — to make way for a 69-unit apartment building.

The new building, whose address will be 200 Linden Boulevard, will have 69 apartments and a day care facility. It will be eight stories tall and cover four wide lots. The architect is the emerging Charles Mallea — more about him in a moment.

A Brownstoner reader caught the biggest of the three houses in mid-demo Thursday and sent us these photos. He said of the faux French chateau, a Brownstoner Building of the Day in 2011:

Was going down Linden Boulevard today and noticed a standout building being torn down. 210-212 Linden Boulevard was a really magnificent mansion at some point. It has unfortunately gone under the knife many times since the early days, and was being used as a doctor’s offices most recently. Well, sadly, the building (along with the two next to it) is being wiped off the face of the earth.

The developer, a small Brooklyn firm that manages investment properties, paid a pretty penny for all three teardowns — way more than they would be worth as houses to live in. The big chateaux style house at 210 Linden Boulevard was the cheapest of the bunch, at $1,750,000.

Nos. 200 and and 204 went for $2,150,000 and $2,100,000, respectively. All the sales closed the same day, in February of this year — a total of $6,000,000.

It doesn’t look like any longtime homeowners made out like bandits though. All were owned by LLCs.

Architect Charles Mallea is notorious for his design of 410 Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy, dubbed the “crack house” by commenters, which features large mirrors with jagged edges shaped like lightning bolts. Most of the firm’s designs are much more traditional, however, and it is working on several small to medium sized apartment buildings in Brooklyn.

Building of the Day: 210 Linden Boulevard [Brownstoner] GMAP
Charles Mallea Coverage [Brownstoner]


Photo of 204 and 200 Linden Boulevard by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark




Above and below, the house and its decorative details at 210 Linden Boulevard in 2011. Photos by Suzanne Spellen


Above, Charles Mallea’s design for 410 Tompkins Avenue. Rendering by Charles Mallea

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