High-Priced Houses Speed Into Contract


    We’ve been seeing lots of quick deals lately, including ones commenters here said would never sell at ask. Take 356 Sackett Street, above, a renovated brick townhouse in Carroll Gardens that was the highest priced house in the neighborhood at $4,099,000. Readers liked the renovation but panned the exterior and the block; one commenter summed up the issue as “whether that stretch of Sackett is ready for a quantum leap from the $2.5-$2.8 million you would expect to see this priced at, and $4 million.” Of course, we won’t know actual sales prices for months, but a quick move into contract often later reveals a deal struck close to ask. Over in Bed Stuy, a house almost everyone adored, 333 MacDonough Street, is also in contract, after a mere 16 days on the market, according to Streeteasy. (This was the one in Stuyvesant Heights, near the Akwaaba mansion, with dark blue walls on the parlor floor, asking $1,295,000.) We heard it received 10 offers above ask even before the open house, but the broker had no comment. In addition, the property at 556A MacDonough Street in Bed Stuy, which some Brownstoner commenters dissed for its interior staircase, also got into contract quickly. The house, owned since 1975 by one of the founding members of Brownstoners of Bed Stuy, was frequently on the Bed Stuy house tour and priced at $750,000. Our explanation is that buyers are willing to pay a premium for nicely renovated townhouses with historic details because there are so few available. What do you think?
    House of the Day: 356 Sackett Street [Brownstoner]
    House of the Day: 333 MacDonough Street [Brownstoner]
    House of the Day: 556A MacDonough Street [Brownstoner]

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