Like yesterday’s House of the Day, today’s also appeared in Open House Picks Friday but deserves a closer look. Located just south of Prospect Lefferts Gardens in East Flatbush, this classic Queen Anne wood frame house at 226 Martense Street appears to be in move-in condition, yet is relatively affordable, at least by current Brooklyn standards.

Recently renovated, it still has a fair amount of detail left inside, including wood moldings, plaster details, the staircase, a type of parquet known as a wood “rug,” and wainscotting, though it seems to have lost some pocket doors and mantels.

The exterior needs restoration, but the bigger issue, as we see it, is that the house is not as large as it appears from the outside. The top floor is just one room, so although the top floor apartment is technically a duplex, essentially the house consists of two floor-through apartments.

Given all that, do you think the price of $749,000 is fair?

226 Martense Street [Fillmore] GMAP


Rebar is rising on the site of this 40-unit development at 651 New York Avenue in East Flatbush by developer Eli Karp of Hello Living. After years of developing luxury condos in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights, this project, which the developer is calling Hello New York, is one of five on the other side of Eastern Parkway in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush.

Each unit will have a private elevator opening directly into the apartment and a large terrace. The building will have a gym and there will be 20 parking spaces for the 40 units. Click through for a rendering from the construction fence and a shot of the site.

Hello Living Ventures out to New York Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP


Hello Living developer Eli Karp has filed permits to build a 23-story building at 1580 Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush, The Real Deal and New York YIMBY reported Friday. This development will be Hello Living’s fourth in the neighborhood, joining projects at 651 New York Avenue, 271 Lenox Road and 2415 Albemarle Road. The mixed-use tower between Albemarle Road and Tilden Avenue will house 153 units across 128,856 square feet of residential space, along with 44,690 square feet of community space on the first two floors. 


This two-bedroom apartment in East Flatbush is freshly renovated and relatively spacious. The kitchen is large enough for a table, and there is a separate dining room. The French doors on the living room help brighten up the dining room, which doesn’t have a window, according to the floor plan.

But the walk to the 2 and 5 trains is not exactly short — it’s just over half a mile to the Sterling or Winthrop Street stops, or seven to eight blocks. Do you think the rent is fair at $1,600 a month?

596 Midwood Street [Halstead] GMAP


If you don’t like the idea of paying $1,000 a square foot to own in Brooklyn, maybe it’s time to check out Flatbush. This sweet semi-detached two-family, built in 1930 according to the listing, appears to have all its original moldings, French doors and hardwood floors. The kitchens have been nicely updated with white subway tile. It’s configured as a three-bedroom duplex over a three-bedroom rental. And there’s a garage. At 2,421 square feet with an ask of $599,000, that works out to less than $250 a square foot. What do you think of it?

1328 Troy Avenue [Keller Williams] GMAP


This four-bedroom, 2.5-bath freestanding house on a double corner lot in East Flatbush seems spacious and affordable. The kitchen and bathrooms are newly renovated, and the dining and living room on the first floor promise plenty of open living space. The three bedrooms on the second floor are all decently sized, and there’s a renovated attic that can easily be converted to a fourth bedroom.

This house seems perfect for a family or group of renters with cars, because it has an outdoor parking area and a garage. There’s also a ton of storage in the finished basement, and a massive backyard for BBQs and parties. The listing says the owner is open to discussing a rent-to-own deal.

The only downside seems to be the distance from the subway, which is over a mile away. Do you think the $3,000 rent is right?

5403 Beverly Road [Halstead] GMAP