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With the bustling Atlantic Avenue and quirky Smith Street as commercial districts and a swath of historic row houses — many of them brownstones — for residential stock, Boerum Hill is a reflection of many of Brooklyn’s best known and most-loved features. 


South facade from Pacific Street

While much of the focus in Brooklyn’s development boom has been on the recently rising towers downtown, many medium-sized projects are cropping up in neighborhoods across the borough. One such project — going up at 465 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill — will feature an unusual brick and metal facade.


This two-bedroom co-op in Boerum Hill has a lot going for it, including a pretty gentle price tag. Located in a 25-unit building at 251 Pacific Street, it’s got light, nice finishes and good-sized common spaces, including a dining room.

It’s not loaded with detail, but it’s got nice moldings and a prewar feel.

It’s also got a few drawbacks, so we’ll get those out of the way. Bedrooms are small. There’s a single bathroom and it’s located by the front door, a relative hike from the bedrooms. The block it’s on is definitely not Boerum Hill’s most charming.


This two-bedroom rental is distinctive and charming, set in a private carriage house on Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill. It’s got a loft-like feel, with its big open living space and exposed brick.

It also gets a ton of light, with a full bank of windows facing the street, and several more opposite. Blond wood doors, shutters and window frames add to the bright feel.