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The wraparound porch and the half-timbered dining room and halls in this standalone Midwood Park house are really striking. There are also other Tudor touches, such as diamond-paned windows on the upper floor and built-in window seats around the Arts and Crafts style brick fireplace, as well as neo-Classical columns in this late Victorian transitional house.

It’s also huge, with seven bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The kitchen has been renovated and has granite counters. The finished basement has a bar and laundry room. There’s also a big backyard. The listing says “needs TLC,” but the photos don’t show it. How do you like it and the ask of $1,445,000?

1709 Glenwood Road [Mary Kay Gallagher] GMAP

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A new boutique condo development has hit the market at 1329 East 17th Street in Midwood, with one-bedrooms starting at $399,000. The Gray Stone has “one bedrooms plus home offices,” according to the Aptsandlofts.com listing.

There are currently five units on the market at the six-story building, which has a common roof deck. Each apartment is about 815 square feet and has nine-foot ceilings, washer/dryer hookups, central heating and cooling, and private outdoor space.

1329 East 17th Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

 

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This sweet little bay windowed Colonial in South Midwood looks like it has a ton of potential and won’t take much work. We’re digging the spacious floor plan, the wallpaper in the dining room, Chambers stove, claw foot tub, and built-in bookcases. The bathrooms, while not original, look to be in good condition. There is also a garage.

While the listing says nothing about mechanicals or roofs, going by the photos all it seems to need is a new kitchen, a mantel in the dining room, and some sprucing up with some fresh paint. What do you think of it for $990,000?

792 East 21st Street [Mary Kay Gallagher] GMAP

 

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The interior of this single-family Midwood house looks like a shopping mall or cruise ship, but we have to give the architect points for not designing a typical McMansion on the outside. There is perhaps a bit too much going on, particularly with the second story balcony, but overall the facade is refreshingly original — at least we’ve never seen anything like it. We like the asymmetry and the curious window detail on the bottom left.

Although the listing says it’s a one-family, it also says there’s a separate one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with its own entrance in the basement. In the owner’s triplex, there are five bedrooms and two baths. There’s also a fountain, pictured above, marble floors and a “breath grasping chandelier,” as the listing puts it.

Sheepshead Bites noted the ask of $1,850,000 is about twice what houses usually go for in Midwood. Think they’ll get it?

1133 East 24th Street [Oxford Property Group] GMAP

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It’s rare to find a house in Brooklyn that needs only cosmetic restyling to totally transform it, but this one-family at 1220 East 28th Street might be one of them. We think we spy under a lot of curtains tons of original Craftsman detail, including a built-in breakfast nook, moldings, faux painted doors, coved ceilings, inlaid floors and — best and rarest of all — original windows.

The ad says nothing about mechanicals but the house looks well maintained in the photos. The recently updated kitchen is not bad at all — love those wood floors — and with new paint, knobs, a subway tile backsplash, and an Ikea butcher block counter, it could be even better.

There are three bedrooms, one bath, and a two-car garage. For $761,000, it seems like a pretty good deal to us. What’s your opinion?

1220 East 28th Street [Elliman] GMAP

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Usually a two-family consisting of two identical units on two floors would be too small for an owner-occupant, but this one strikes us as very livable for a family. Each apartment has three real bedrooms off a hallway, and the entertaining rooms are graciously arranged enfilade with a sunroom and lots of windows.

There are also some nice early 20th century details, such as moldings and doors. And it comes with a garage and a small yard. The listing makes no mention of the mechanicals or other systems, though. Did anyone see it when it was an open house pick? Does the ask of $1,200,000 seem reasonable for this location?

1591 East 17th Street [Stribling & Associates] GMAP

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This junior four co-op at the edge of Midwood and Flatbush Kensington is small but charming. The master bedroom is decently sized and the second one is 8 by 10 feet and off the galley kitchen, according to the floor plan. It seems like a good choice for a couple with a small child or roommates who don’t mind splitting the rent unevenly.

The kitchen and bathroom are recently updated, according to the listing, although the photos don’t show it. The bathroom has kind of a retro feel with the brown accents. Do you think the $1,800 a month rent is ambitious for the location?

770 Ocean Parkway [Fillmore] GMAP

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This new listing at 1119 Ocean Parkway isn’t the sexiest apartment in town but at $370,000 for 1,150 square feet it’s one of the better bangs for the buck on the market right now. In addition to two bedrooms, there’s a huge living/dining space, part of which could be annexed for a third bedroom, it looks like. The kitchen and bathroom are recently remodeled, but look a little drab to us nonetheless. The monthly maintenance is $760. What do you think of it?

1119 Ocean Parkway, #6H [Keller Williams] GMAP

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church
Address: 1073 Ocean Avenue
Cross Streets: Foster Avenue and Farragut Road
Neighborhood: Midwood
Year Built: 1933-1934
Architectural Style: French Gothic
Architect: Henry V. Murphy
Other works by architect: St. Peter Claver School in Bed Stuy, garage/house at 152 Berkeley Place in Park Slope, with Edward H. Lehmann, first four buildings of St. John’s University, Queens.
Landmarked: No

The story: It’s not often we have a good photographic record of a Brooklyn building’s construction. The parishioners at Our Lady of Refuge are fortunate, as are those of us who appreciate church architecture. The Brooklyn Eagle took a lot of pictures when this building was going up, giving us an excellent visual history to go along with the names and dates.

Houses of worship are important parts of neighborhood development, so when Irish and German Catholics began settling in Midwood at the turn of the 20th century, it was important for them to have a church in their midst. Brooklyn’s Catholic Bishop in 1911 was Bishop Charles Edward McDonnell. He authorized the building of a new parish, and sent out Rev. Robert O’Donovan to be the first priest. For some reason it was hard to buy land in this part of Flatbush, but Fr. O’Donovan prevailed, and was able to buy this plot on Ocean Avenue near Foster. The cornerstone for the first church was laid, and a small, one story church was built in 1912.

This simple chapel didn’t take much time to build, and only two weeks later, the first mass was held in the unfinished space. That September, only five months from the ground breaking, the church was done, and was dedicated by the Bishop. Photographs show a modest chapel, which the congregation soon outgrew. By 1928, Our Lady of Refuge was in dire need of more room.

Father O’Donovan organized a fund raising campaign, and eminent Catholic church architect Henry V. Murphy was signed on to design a large new church, big enough to accommodate more community growth. Murphy, who was a very versatile designer of sacred spaces, designed a French Gothic church that still manages to be very 20th century, with a hint of Deco sensibility. Just take a look at his St. Peter Claver School to see him go full blown Catholic Deco.