Editor’s note: An updated version of this post can be viewed here. This article draws on the book “Old Brooklyn Heights: America’s First Suburb” by Clay Lancaster as a source, among other resources.

Wood and brick Federal-style homes were among the first to be built in Brooklyn Heights, beginning in the 1820s. The oldest houses in the Heights still standing today were built in this decade.

The longest standing Brooklyn Heights houses reside on Willow, Hicks and Middagh streets. One of these is 84 Willow Street, which was listed in the first city directory of 1822, indicating that it is at least that old. A house at 68 Hicks Street was also listed in the 1822 directory.

In 1824, three more houses were built that are still standing today. These are 43 Willow Street, 30 Middagh Street and  24 Middagh Street. Conveniently, a plaque on 30 Middagh Street’s façade displays its year of construction.


This three-bedroom duplex in Bed Stuy retains an original feel with decorative marble mantels and original moldings. Modern kitchen appliances and a high end stacked washer/dryer complement the apartment’s original character. There is also an updated bathroom.

It occupies the top two floors of a brownstone and is close to Stuy Heights shops. Do you think it’s a good deal, for $3,300 a month?

359 Decatur Street, #2 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Photo above by Douglas Elliman; photo below by Property Shark


This two-bedroom, one-bath apartment in a co-op building on Williamsburg’s Southside offers a spacious living area and two moderately sized, side-by-side bedrooms. The L-shaped kitchen is spacious too and opens onto the living area.

There’s also a washer/dryer in the apartment. One oddity: There are four closets in the entry, but none in the bedrooms.

Click through for more photos after the jump. Do you think it’s appealing for $2,850 a month?

115 South 8th Street, #3 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Photos by Douglas Elliman


A new-construction townhouse with a traditional brick row house exterior in Gowanus is now on the market and asking $4,250,000. A Google Maps photo of the building under construction at 442 Union Street shows a four-story building with a traditional black cornice, lintels, and extra-long windows on the parlor floor.

Inside the interiors are clean and modern. The 4,320-square-foot home features 10.5-foot ceilings and four-inch rift-sawn oak flooring on the parlor level. A private garden, roof terrace and — notably — an elevator are among its amenities.


This top-level duplex in a striking Crown Heights row house is spacious and attractive, with plenty of room for shares or a family. We see lots of original details, including mantels, doors and inlaid floors.

The kitchen retains its original hardwood floors but has been updated and outfitted with modern appliances. The 1.5 baths are modern as well.

There are two full bedrooms, plus a smaller bedroom that could also work as a nursery or office. (The living room could also be used as a bedroom, as the listing points out, although that wouldn’t leave much common space.) There is also a private backyard with a deck.

It’s pricey for Crown Heights at $4,200 a month, but it’s also top of the line. Do you think it will rent quickly?

1046 Sterling Place, #2 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Photo above by Douglas Elliman; photo below by Property Shark


Here’s a listing for an entire townhouse in Bay Ridge. It’s got some great details, including herringbone floors, coffered ceilings and built-ins.

There are four bedrooms altogether. It’s only a few blocks from the Bay Ridge Avenue R stop, and Owl’s Head Park is at the end of the block.

The owner is asking $3,500 a month for the entire house.

178 68th Street [Dwell Residential] GMAP

Photo above by Dwell Residential; photo below by PropertyShark


Sales prices in Brooklyn climbed for the 10th consecutive quarter, setting a new record, while rents finally seem to have stabilized. That’s the overall picture we drew from data in reports out today from Douglas Elliman and Corcoran, confirming what we’ve been seeing in the market recently.

The Elliman report, prepared for the firm by Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel, showed the median sales price for a home in Brooklyn was up 17.5 percent in the first quarter of this year over the same period last year to a record of $610,894. The median condo sales price hit a new record at $729,750. The median sales price for a one- to three-family home was up 26.9 percent over the first quarter last year to $744,000.

One of the biggest jumps in price was for two-family homes in northwest Brooklyn — the swath of 16 neighborhoods from Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope, from Fort Greene to Dumbo. Prices for those properties were up 46.2 percent over last year.


This Boerum Hill one-bedroom garden apartment has quite a few perks — a washer and dryer, space for a home office or den, and a private garden patio as well as shared garden space. It’s got wide plank floors and lots and lots of exposed brick (for those who like exposed brick).

The asking price is $2,750 a month which includes all utilities except for electricity.

What do you think of it?

200 Dean Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

Photo above by Corcoran; photo below by PropertyShark


This one-bedroom unit at 110 Green Street in Greenpoint (formerly the Viridian) is a reasonable size at 700 square feet. It has hardwood floors and a nicely appointed kitchen.

The building has plenty of amenities, including an indoor pool, a fitness center, a kid’s playroom and a library/reading room. It’s about three and a half blocks from the Greenpooint Avenue G stop.

What do think of a one-bedroom here for $3,115 a month?

110 Green Street, #B-504 [MNS] GMAP