Brooklyn Real Estate Six Months Later: One in Contract, Three Still Available


    This week, our weekly look back at four of our featured listings from six months ago focuses on homes in Midwood, Cobble Hill, Gowanus and Prospect Park South. How did they fare?

    Starting us off in Midwood, this Colonial Revival has the expected stylistic elements on the exterior, including keystone lintels, a pedimented door surround and a front door with a fanlight. Inside, original details include wood floors, coffered ceilings, stained glass, wall moldings and a built-in window seat in the bay window of the living room. The kitchen and one full bath could use some style upgrades, and some flooring upstairs appears to be in need of refinishing, but otherwise, the house looks move-in ready. Upstairs are three bedrooms plus a center room that could be used as an office or walk-in closet. After a broker switch, this former Open House Pick is still available for the reduced price of $1.1 million.

    Next, it’s not often that a three-bedroom apartment comes up in this historically significant complex, the Cobble Hill Towers, the 1870s red-brick buildings developed by philanthropist Alfred Tredway White as housing for the working poor. The open plan living, dining and kitchen areas face the street at the front of the apartment. There’s a bedroom near the front entrance, off a wallpapered hallway with two closets, and the other two are at the rear of the apartment. It could use a style refresh, but in addition to being roomy, it has wood floors throughout and a few exposed-brick walls. The living room has an angled niche used as an office space. The galley kitchen has slab front white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher. This former Condo of the Day entered contract in August.

    With the main dwelling set back at the rear of its lot and a hidden courtyard garden, this next one, a single-family home, has a quirky character that fits into the raffish charm one finds in Gowanus. On a block with a mix of light industrial, commercial and residential, the home has an unexpected garden behind its front gate, connecting a one-story studio at the front and a two-story dwelling at the rear. The renovated main house has a mix of rustic, industrial and modern style throughout, with wide planked floorboards that suggest the house is far older than 1910, wood strip ceilings, exposed beams and ductwork, and all white walls and ceilings. There’s a wood burning stove in the dining room while the U-shaped kitchen just beyond has sleek slab-fronted white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The studio at the front of the property is one large room, lit with skylights and glass doors facing the house. A wood deck leads down to the garden between the two buildings. There’s a brick-paved patio with a small tree at the center and a mix of planting beds and planters along the sides. This former House of the Day is still available for $2.695 million.

    With its intriguing mix of exterior styles, this imposing Prospect Park South house stands out from its largely Colonial Revival neighbors. The freestanding house also has an enormous amount of space inside and out, with nine bedrooms, a large porch, two balconies and gardens on three sides. Located in the Prospect Park South Historic District, the house dates to 1908. There’s a massive peaked gable at the front with half timbering, rounded windows and carved brackets. Inside, the Colonial Revival style dominates in original details like the two mantels, wood floors with borders and a delicate plaster ceiling. In the foyer, there’s a touch of Arts and Crafts with a bench built into a staircase with plain, flat balusters. The first floor has multiple entertaining and lounging spaces, with a parlor, living room, great room and dining room. The great room and dining rooms each have a mantel with original tile surround and the great room also has some original built-ins. The main kitchen is at the rear of the house, with windows facing the garden. It’s got a bit of vintage style in its cabinets and a large enameled sink (reclaimed, according to the listing) mixed with modern appliances, including a Viking stove and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Eight bedrooms are spread across the two upper floors of the house. The second floor has four bedrooms; the largest is used as a family room and has windows on two exposures and access to a private balcony. This former House of the Day is still available for $2.75 million.

    midwood home for sale

    2790 Bedford Avenue
    Price: $1.15 million
    Area: Midwood
    Broker: Compass (Alexandra Reddish, Madeleine Gallagher)
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    Still available for $1.1 million

    138 baltic street

    138 Baltic Street, #4C
    Price: $1.17 million
    Area: Cobble Hill
    Broker: Tyler Vincent Real Estate Inc.
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    Entered contract in August

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    gowanus homes for sale

    561 Union Street
    Price: $2.695 million
    Area: Gowanus
    Broker: Corcoran (Behzad Amiri)
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    Still available for $2.695 million

    86 Argyle Rd

    86 Argyle Road
    Price: $2.75 million
    Area: Prospect Park South
    Broker: Compass (Carolyn Cedar)
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    Still available for $2.75 million

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