The 12 Biggest Brooklyn Home Sales of 2015 (Updated)

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    From some of Brooklyn’s most lavish and luxurious brownstones to two multimillion-dollar tear-downs, the borough’s seen some eye-popping sales this year.

    Which deal surprises you the most?

    12. One of three exceptional townhouses in the former “Amity Street Horror” building in Cobble Hill, this home boasts a rooftop patio, expansive living room and a “children’s library.” The building is a landmarked, French Renaissance palace-style structure that was once owned by Long Island College Hospital. It was converted into condos in 2011.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

    114 Amity Street
    Date sold: July 31, 2015
    Asking price: $7,950,000
    Sale price: $6,835,000
    Area: Cobble Hill
    Broker: Core (Lawrence V Treglia)
    Read more here ->


    11. The last and biggest of  three neo-traditional townhouses at Strong Place and Kane Street, No. 2 had the extra amenity of an 800-square-foot carriage house with parking on the lower level and a studio apartment above. The townhouse is about 4,000 square feet over five levels. The exterior was modeled on the neighborhood’s historic row houses, but the interiors are modern.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

    No. 2 Strong Place
    Date Sold: July 17, 2015
    Asking Price: $7,500,000
    Sale Price: $6,873,187
    Area: Cobble Hill
    Broker: Brennan Realty
    See it here ->

    10. This one is weird — probably a $7,250,000 tear-down. This suburban enclave of Gravesend frequently boasts some of the most expensive listings in Brooklyn, and a 3,600-square-foot home down the street purportedly sold for $11,000,000 in 2003 — to be demolished for a new home. The new owner of 501 Avenue S, apparel exec Isaac S. Franco, apparently got tired of the 8,674-square-foot mansion he built directly across the street (after tearing down the $3,500,000 home that was there). Our money’s on another demolition-and-new-construction combo.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

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    501 Avenue S
    Date sold: July 30, 2015
    Sold price: $7,250,000
    Area: Gravesend
    Read more about Gravesend here ->

    9. CWB Architects opened up this 1891 Romanesque Revival-style home with a double-height glass solarium that spans the garden and parlor floors and features a wood-burning stove. The kitchen, which overlooks it, is modern in feeling, with a wall of white subway tile, a dramatic and custom-made hand-forged brass hood, a Lacanche stove, and honed Carrara marble counters.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

    250 Garfield Place
    Date sold: June 18, 2015
    Asking price: $7,500,000
    Sale price: $7,665,000
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Brown Harris Stevens (Joan Goldberg)
    See it here ->

    8. This lavish 5,500-square-foot single-family home has elaborate plaster ceilings, six working fireplaces with ornate mantels (alabaster, according to the listing), views of the World Trade Center, a gym, office, temperature-controlled wine cellar for 420 bottles, central air and a darkroom.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

    36 Garden Place
    Date sold: May 20, 2015
    Asking price: $8,250,000
    Sale price: $7,785,000
    Area: Brooklyn Heights
    Broker: Stribling (Priscilla Bijur)
    See it here ->

    7. This four-bedroom condo broke a record in September when it sold for $2,406 a square foot. The home is 3,657 square feet, plus a 693-square-foot private roof terrace. And there is a fireplace! It’s gas, not wood burning. Perhaps even more remarkable, the unit has its own vented gas clothes dryer.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

    One John Street, PHE
    Date sold: May 29, 2015
    Asking price: $8,800,000
    Sale price: $8,800,000
    Area: Dumbo
    Broker: Sotheby’s (Karen Heyman)
    See it here ->

    6. The high price of this particular home might seem out of place for a property so far from transit and practically rubbing shoulders with the BQE. But records show that the property was purchased in a sale along with four adjacent empty lots. Add up the buildable square feet of those sites and you get a price of roughly $514 per square foot. Not bad for a development site. And this demolition permit just goes to support our theory that the site will soon be one hefty apartment building.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

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    145 President Street
    Date sold: November 19, 2015
    Sale price: $9,000,000 ($11,000,000 with adjacent lots)
    Area: Carroll Gardens
    See it on PropertyShark ->

    5. This grand Beax-Arts limestone mansion was built in 1912 by the Tracy family, who were in the shipping business, and was also used by the Knights of Columbus as a meeting house. For many decades, it served as a school. But the interiors were kept in fairly good condition, with a Tudor-style dining room, an Arts and Crafts library, and an 18th-century-style sitting room.

    Biggest Home Sales In Brooklyn 2015

    105 8th Avenue
    Date Sold: March 17, 2015
    Asking Price: $13,000,000
    Sale Price: $9,500,000
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Halstead (Marc Wisotsky / Jackie Lew)
    See it here ->

    4. This now-swanky Brooklyn Heights carriage house was sold by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2012 for $4,100,000. The new owners completely overhauled the 3,960-square-foot home into a real showstopper with four bedrooms and roof deck. And they sold it for more than twice what they bought it for.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

    165 Columbia Heights
    Date sold: October 7, 2015
    Asking price: $9,950,000
    Sale price: $9,800,000
    Area: Brooklyn Heights
    Broker: Sotheby’s International Realty (Gabriele Devlin, Lee Summers)
    Read more here ->

    3. This 3,532-square-foot townhouse was sold seven years ago for $3,100,000 as a four-family. It was then renovated back into a single-family. There’s no evidence it ever officially hit the market this past year, but sales records indicate it sold in July for $10,250,000.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

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    81 State Street
    Date sold: July 27, 2015
    Sale price: $10,250,000
    Area: Brooklyn Heights
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    2. This Montrose Morris–designed Renaissance Revival townhouse was once owned by Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. The 5,243-square-foot house has six bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and is about 23 feet wide. One of the parlor fireplaces is faced in onyx. The dining room has a glorious coffered ceiling, panelling, and built-ins on steroids. The range is La Cornue, and the passthrough-sink area (slash dressing room) is palatial — just for starters.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

    17 Prospect Park West
    Date sold: June 26, 2015
    Asking price: $14,000,000
    Sale price: $12,400,000
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Pamela Huson)
    See it here ->

    1. This record-breaking deal set the new bar for the highest price paid for a single-family home in Brooklyn. The 10,000-square-foot Cobble Hill carriage house contains an elevator, a screening room that seats 20 people, a 2,600-square-foot roof garden, an outdoor kitchen, gym, wine cellar and bar. It caught the eye of photographer Jay Maisel, who notably sold his previous home, a former bank famed for its graffiti, at 190 Bowery in Manhattan for $55,000,0000.

    Most Expensive Homes Brooklyn 2015

    177 Pacific Street
    Date sold: May 29, 2015
    Sale price: $15,500,000
    Area: Cobble Hill
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Alexander Maroni)
    See it here ->

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