Greek Revival in Cobble Hill and Three More Brick Houses to See, Starting at $499K


    Our picks for open houses to see this winter solstice weekend — likely the last chance to attend an open house before 2020 — are four brick houses of varying eras starting in the mid 19th century. All are apparently in move-in condition and there are some relative bargains among them. They range from a post-war single-family row house in East New York asking $499,000 to a Greek Revival townhouse in Cobble Hill priced at $2.75 million.

    First, at 111 Congress Street in Cobble Hill, the brick Greek Revival townhouse has three units and some original features as well as updates. The original details include tall parlor floor windows with ear moldings and wide-plank floor boards in the hallway and upper stories. We see a 1930s bathroom as well as some more recently updated kitchens, including one on the garden level that appears to have slate floors. The full attic level looks very convenient for storage; its unusual-looking shiny ceiling appears to be insulation, which is a good thing to have. Not all the updates are the latest thing, but the house appears to be in excellent and move-in condition, at least going by the photos, though the listing calls for “all investors and creative buyers who want a project.” Does that mean it needs extensive renovation and perhaps will not qualify for a mortgage? We know not, but it’s on the market for $2.75 million.

    Then at 428 60th Street in Sunset Park is a triangular bay-fronted three-story townhouse with an appealing Queen Anne-Romanesque Revival red brick facade composed of brownstone arches, lintels, and rough-cut bands; rows of black brick and decorative masonry; and a whimsically dotted and heavily bracketed cornice painted verdigris green. Inside, the house is set up as a three-family, with at least one new kitchen and another that could benefit from some TLC, depending on whether you can live with wall-to-wall wood paneling. Some detail remains, and there are new faux wood floors throughout. The listing says it’s in move-in condition. The ask is $1.4 million.

    Another red brick townhouse in move-in condition is found at 500 East 43rd Street in East Flatbush. Dating from about 1940, it has a front driveway, front porch, and gabled entrance and rooftop. Inside, the house has three bedrooms upstairs and one in the garden-level basement. Niches in the stairwell have ogee peaks, hardwood floors have striped borders, and crown molding in the upstairs bedrooms has a dentil pattern. The kitchen has been recently updated in the latest style with pale gray Shaker style cabinets and pale gray tile floors. The staircase also has a characteristic period neo-Colonial newel post and spindles. The living and dining rooms have popcorn ceilings and the garden is paved in concrete that has been painted red. This one is on the market for $675,000.

    Finally, at 984 Schenck Avenue in East New York, there’s a tidily renovated single-family post-war brick row house with parking in front. The kitchen here is also in the latest fashion with gray Shaker-style cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a hex tile backsplash. The bathroom shown has marble-patterned tile walls and floors, and a matching vanity. The floors are wood, and everything appears to be in ship-shape condition. It’s priced at $499,000.


    111 Congress Street
    Price: $2.75 million
    Area: Cobble Hill
    Broker: Compass (Kim Soule, Lucy Perry)
    Saturday December 21, 12:30 – 2 pm
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    428 60th Street
    Price: $1.4 million
    Area: Sunset Park
    Broker: Compass (Marta Maletz, Michael K. Davis)
    Sunday December 22, 12 – 1:30 pm
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    500 East 43rd Street
    Price: $675,000
    Area: East Flatbush
    Broker: Corcoran (John Dadd, Philip Hale)
    Saturday December 21, 1 – 3 pm
    Sunday December 22, 1 – 3 pm
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    984 Schenck Avenue
    Price: $499,000
    Area: East New York
    Broker: Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc (Tarnish Wynter)
    Saturday December 21, 1 – 3:30 pm
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