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This modest brick house on Webster Avenue in Kensington could be an interesting option for someone looking to his (or her) own house for the price of a basic two-bedroom on the other side of the park. While the exterior is quite charming, the interior is unlikely to win any hearts. It looks like all the details are gone. The floor-to-ceiling mirrors and wall-to-wall carpeting are easily dealt with. There’s quite a deep back yard too. For $650,000, we bet this will find some interest. The only other things at this price are in the less-desirable parts of Bed Stuy and typically need a lot of work. The plumbing and mechanicals are allegedly in good working order. Thoughts?
173 Webster Avenue [PLS Realty] GMAP P*Shark
Photo by Kate Leonova for Property Shark

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This limestone house on 47th Street in Sunset Park looks lovely in every way — except for the price. Nice original moldings, fireplaces, floors, you name it. But given that this is only three stories and the kitchens and baths still need some work, $1.2 million seems like a pipe dream. Then again, this place definitely has enough character that some buyer burned out on seeing crappy places in the South Slope for the same price might just say uncle and hit the offer.
Sunset Park Limestone FSBO [Craigslist] GMAP P*Shark

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Is it just our imagination or have there been a number of $3 million-plus houses hitting the market in Park Slope recently. (Just last week we looked at 112 Prospect Park West.) This five-story bay-front house at 52 Montgomery Place just hit the Corcoran site and there’s not much to go on yet: There are no photos or floorplans posted and the first showing hasn’t happened yet. While we have no reason to doubt the listing’s description of “rooms of grand proportions with period details,” the air conditioners and the fact that the same person has owned us makes us wonder what kind of shape the interior’s in. Then again, after owning the house for three and a half decades, the seller took out a $550,000 mortgage two years ago; perhaps that money went into giving the house a tune up. Anyone been inside in the last couple of years?
52 Montgomery Place [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Photo by Kate Leonova for Property Shark

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As far as we knew, the days of doubling your money in less than a year were behind us. Apparently, the owner of this South Side brick house was told otherwise. After ponying up $820,000 last August, the current owner went to town on this place, making a number of strange aesthetic choices along the way, especially for a flipper. Okay, this seems like a good place to reiterate the most broken rule of flipping: KEEP IT SIMPLE! So, in the case of the bathroom, do white subway tiles and traditional basic fixtures. Why do some people think that they are going to get more money for their “creative” bathroom stylings when in fact they will be alienating a huge portion of the potential buyers? (To be fair, the kitchen looks okay.) Even if this place weren’t 16 feet wide, even if the house weren’t only 35 feet deep and even if the lot weren’t a measly 50 feet deep, this house just feels like it’s trying too hard and not worth close to the $1.5 million asking price. Next.
272 Berry Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark

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This ramshackle frame house on Franklin Avenue between Quincy and Gates is intriguing, though, at $1,195,000, priced for a developer planning to tear it down. (Please, no!) There are no interior photos, which, combined with the general appearance of the property, leads us to believe that it’s probably not in the greatest of shape. It’s too bad that Franklin is such a busy street, as it kinda takes some of the fun out of the front yard and porch. Still, there’s something pretty neat about this place. Anyone been inside?
Property #C21BL20096 [Century 21] GMAP P*Shark

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Yowza! Check out today’s eye candy on Prospect Park West, a two-family center-stair mansion in full period get-up. As the pics show, someone’s gone to great lengths to preserve the original details and to recreate the original interior design. According to Property Shark, this house hasn’t changed hands in the last four decades, implying this is really a lifetime’s labor of love. This is one of those listings that is useless to try to put a dollar value on. At $3,975,000, it’s expensive enough to be well out of the reach of mere mortals. The question is only will someone very wealthy fall in love.
112 Prospect Park West [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark

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Hope springs eternal. Granted the developer who bought this place in February ’06 has done a masterful job of squeezing every last square inch of usable space out of this four-story brick house on Bergen between Bond and Nevins, but we’d like some of what he was smoking when he set the asking price of $3,900,000 (or $3,600,000, depending on whether you believe the NYT listing or the listing on the Cobble Heights site). This doesn’t seem even remotely likely for this location, especially when every ounce of character has been wrung out of this place, starting with the institutional-feeling garden. If modern’s what you want, why not take the most expensive State Street Town for a million bucks less?
231 Bergen Street [Cobble Heights] GMAP P*Shark

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It’s rare to find a total shell of a brownstone in Fort Greene these days, but Townsley & Gay has a quintessential one on Clermont Avenue listed for $975,000 (cash only). Set Speed says the building is in such bad shape that the price “might as well be considered the cost of the land.” While the interior photos (which T&G deserves credit for being so forthcoming with) reveal that there’s really nothing left to save on the inside, we hope that the LPC won’t let the facade be torn down. (The building is safely within the FG Historic District.) The listing mentions that the house is a former SRO, but doesn’t mention whether the Certificate of No Harrassment has been gotten already. Given all this, what do you think about the price?
Listing #97 [Townsley & Gay] GMAP P*Shark
Clermont Ave shell on market for $975K [Set Speed]

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At $949,999, this three-family house in Greenpoint might be kinda interesting for a single person or young couple with no immediate space needs to grow into. The existing three floors are a deeper-than-normal 55 feet and there’s still enough FAR that one could build a fourth floor as of right. More interestingly, judging from the interior photos, the house has a decent amount of old-world charm, a reminder that the faux siding now on the exterior wasn’t always there. We curious why more people haven’t restored the facades of the houses in this part of town. Presumably, the answer is money, but at some point hopefully one by-product of the upward pressure on prices will be a renewed interest in returning the houses to their original state. What do you think the facade was originally made of?
621 Morgan Avenue [Nest Seekers via Trulia] GMAP P*Shark
Photo by Scott Bintner for Property Shark

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Third Street is arguably the Slope’s grandest East-West street and limestone mansions like this single-family at Number 558 are the reason why. We’re aching to see some interior pics but have no reason to doubt the listing’s desciption of original “lovingly maintained” original details. (Throw us a bone with that “paneled formal dining room” though!) Anyhoozles, there was an open house yesterday, though we suspect that the $3,499,000 asking price puts the 4,400-square-foot shloss out of the range of most readers. Anyone go for the pure voyeurism of it all?
Listing #104 [Townsley & Gay] GMAP P*Shark
Photo by Kate Leonova for Property Shark