Brooklyn Real Estate Six Months Later: Two Sold, Two in Contract


    This week, our look back at four of our featured listings from six months ago, focused on homes in Fort Greene, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park and South Midwood. How did they fare?

    First up, this modestly detailed one-bedroom offers some appealing features, including outdoor space and plenty of closets. It’s on the fourth floor of a postwar building in Ditmas Park, and it has a generous foyer that opens to a living room, dining nook and kitchen. There are wood floors in all but the kitchen and bath and white walls throughout. For storage, there’s a walk-in closet in the foyer and four smaller closets in the unit. A door in the living room leads out to the terrace, which is large enough for a small table and chairs. Parking is available, but the listing does not say if there is a fee. A former Co-op of the Day, the apartment sold in March for $440,000, which was $10,000 above the asking price.

    There’s an unexpectedly large dining room at the center of this next one, an otherwise modest early 20th century brick house in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The wainscoting, stained-glass window and mantel provide some period style for at-home dining. In addition to the dining room, the first floor includes a living room, center stair and kitchen at the rear. There are more details to be found, including wood floors with inlaid borders, an original stair, pocket doors, picture rails, built-in bookcases and more stained-glass windows with a heraldic motif. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a full bath. The largest bedroom is set in the front bay and has a walk-in closet. The floor plan shows the other two bedrooms are joined with a passthrough that includes a sink; whether its fittings are original is unclear as it’s not shown in the listing photos. This former House of the Day sold in February for $1.46 million, which was $35,000 below the asking price.

    In the Flatbush micro nabe of South Midwood, this freestanding early 20th century house has more than a few enticements on offer, including original interior details, an abundance of bedrooms and the bonus of a garage. The single-family home is rich with woodwork on the first floor, with an original stair with carved newel posts, pocket doors, wood floors with an inlaid border and a columned mantel in the dining room. There’s a generous amount of space too, with a long living room with a bay window, a formal dining room and a kitchen with a dining nook. Upstairs there’s no shortage of bedrooms with seven of them spread out over the upper two floors. Outside there’s a large rear garden and more planting space along the side driveway leading to the two-car garage. This former House of the Day entered contract in May.

    While this last one has a charming period facade, it’s the 20th century history behind the 1850s Fort Greene row house that should spark some interest. For decades it was the home of renowned avant-garde jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, who lived there until his death in 2018 at the age of 89. There are some hints of 19th century detailing still to be found on the interior as well — a marble mantel, glimpses of Greek Revival era moldings and an original newel post — but otherwise, the single-family home shows layers of 20th century alterations. That includes bookshelves in a third-floor space that was once dominated by Taylor’s grand piano. The single-family home has two bedrooms and a full bath on the garden level, double parlors above and the kitchen on the third floor. There are two full baths. While the kitchen has had more recent updates, most of the house is in estate condition and the listing notes “contractors and architects are welcomed and encouraged.” This former House of the Day entered contract in April.

    1818 newkirk avenue brooklyn ditmas park

    1818 Newkirk Avenue, #4T
    Price: $430,000
    Area: Ditmas Park
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (DeAnna Lenhart)
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    Sold in March for $440,000

    177 wintrhop street brooklyn home for sale

    177 Winthrop Street
    Price: $1.495 million
    Area: Prospect Lefferts Gardens
    Broker: Corcoran (Jessica Buchman)
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    Sold in February for $1.46 million

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    midwood brooklyn homes for sale

    681 East 24th Street
    Price: $1.795 million
    Area: South Midwood
    Broker: Corcoran (Katie A. Feola)
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    Entered contract in May

    cecil taylor house 135 fort greene place

    135 Fort Greene Place
    Price: $2.499 million
    Area: Fort Greene
    Broker: Compass (Ronit Abraham)
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    Entered contract in April

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