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This week's top listings are scattered across both Brooklyn and upstate and include sprawling, mansion and mansion-like properties in both areas. With just one or two fixer-uppers in the mix, the properties are stunning on the whole, and located in neighborhoods including Park Slope, Red Hook, Bed Stuy, Ditmas Park, Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights and, farther north, Saugerties.

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We've made our way into August, an excellent month for leaving the office behind and hitting the beach, and a distinctly slow month for property seeking. Open houses are scant, but the wheels of commerce haven't ground to a complete halt, and there are a few out there. We've lined up four, in Bed Stuy, Fort Hamilton, East Flatbush and East New York.