A mansion at 45 Montgomery Place in Park Slope set a record for the neighborhood when it sold for $10,775,000 last month. It previously sold for $6,050,000 in 2006 and was asking $14,000,000 in 2013.
It is one of several houses in Park Slope asking more than $10,000,000 in the last two years, but the first to sell above that figure.
The 1890s house was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert and Babb, Cook & Willard, and sits half a block from Prospect Park, as we noted when it was a House of the Day in 2013. It has a dramatic round center staircase, a round dining room, butler’s pantry, servant’s quarters, an office suite with a gym, bathrooms with marble and patterned tile, an original Otis elevator, two La Cornue stoves as well as a Blue Star stove, and three Meile dishwashers.
The one-family house has 7,660 square feet and is 30.5 feet wide by 65 feet long. It sits on a lot that measures 30.5 feet by 87.92 feet.
It is the third most expensive townhouse sale in Brooklyn. In Brooklyn Heights, 70 Willow Street sold for $12,500,000 and 212 Columbia Street sold for $11,000,000, both in 2012.
Other pricey Park Slope mansions still looking for buyers include the former home of Jennifer Connelly at 17 Prospect Park West, asking $14,000,000; 105 8th Avenue, asking $13,000,000, down from $25,000,000; and the Foer-Krauss house at 646 2nd Street, now asking $13,000,000, down from $14,500,000.
Curbed was the first to write about the sale, which hit public records yesterday.
Listings have gone up for four new-construction red brick townhouses at 274-280 Hawthorne Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and they range in price from $1,495,000 to $1,695,000. The least expensive of the bunch, 278 Hawthorne Street, is already in contract, according to the listing. Contracts have been sent out on two others, leaving only the most expensive one, No. 274, according to a commenter on Curbed, which was the first to write about the listings.
At $1,495,000, the price of No. 278 is competitive with a 19th century house in the neighborhood in tip-top condition, but the other three are more expensive. All the houses have three units: An owner’s garden duplex (or triplex, if you count cellar space) that takes up one and a half floors, a half-floor one-bedroom rental, and a top floor three-bedroom rental. There is also outdoor space with each unit and parking for two cars in front.
We think the simple and modern design inside and out is easy on the eyes and fits in reasonably well with the neighborhood. Click through to see more pics. What do you think of the design and the prices?
274 Hawthorne Street Listing [Corcoran]
New Lefferts Garden Houses Drop Terrible Name, Ask $1.5M-Plus [Curbed]
Images by Corcoran
Community Board 8’s Housing Committee greenlighted plans for two single-family passive-house townhouses on a small empty plot zoned for industrial at 8-10 Underhill Avenue. The property used to be a moving company and needed approvals because it’s zoned M-1.
Each house will have three stories and 2,400 square feet of space, according to building applications filed and disapproved in August. The townhouses will be narrow at only 15 feet wide each, since the property is only 30 feet wide. Their neighbors will be a self-storage company and an apartment building. Fractal Architecture is designing the project, and the owners are Post Industrial Thinking LLC, according to permits. The LLC purchased the 2,400-square-foot lot last year for $425,000.
Photo by Google Maps
The townhouse trend continues with plans filed for what is likely to be affordable housing on a stretch of empty city-owned lots on Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. Permits call for three three-story two-family homes at 716-720 Lafayette Avenue. Each townhouse will have 2,376 square feet and be configured as an upper duplex over a ground floor apartment.
The architects of record are Curtis + Ginsberg, who helped design the affordable Navy Green project in Clinton Hill and have worked on mixed-income multifamily developments elsewhere in Brooklyn. Permits list the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) as the owner. The city has owned the vacant lots since at least the mid-1980s, according to public records. GMAP
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Yet another standalone Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going to bite the dust, but instead of the usual multi-family apartment building, two new townhouses will rise in its place. Demolition applications were filed in early August to knock down the existing house, a two-and-a-half story single family wood frame with a turret at 272 Hawthorne Street.
The lot is 40 feet wide and 106 feet deep, with a freestanding garage in the back. Apparently the developer plans to divide this lot into 20-foot-wide lots and build two new three-story, two-family homes in its place, according to new building applications filed this morning. The houses at 272 Hawthorne Street and 270 Hawthorne Street, a new address, will each be 3,420 square feet and 30 feet tall, with a curb cut and parking for one car. They will be set up as one floor-through unit over a duplex, according to the Schedule A.
Kamran Badkobeh of Residential Development Group paid $1,100,000 in June for 272 Hawthorne. RDG built its business by buying foreclosed or distressed properties during the recession, fixing them up, and flipping them, The Real Deal reported in 2012.
The house stands next to four empty lots; bookending this row on the corner is another freestanding Victorian, which is in lis pendens. Residential Development Group also picked up two of those empty lots, Nos. 276 and 274 Hawthorne Street, in June last year for $1,400,000. On those two lots, the firm is building two three-story three-family houses, which have been in the works since 2007. GMAP
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark
One-time Robert Scarano protege Nataliya Donskoy has designed glassy apartment buildings all over Williamsburg, and now she’s going a more traditional route with the look for yet another set of Brooklyn townhouses. The four four-story brick homes at 127-131 South 1st Street between Bedford and Berry will be configured with a triplex over a garden apartment. (The first floor units will have some additional space in the cellar, according to the Schedule A.)
Each townhouse will weigh in at 4,000 square feet, and have a private roof deck on the fourth floor setback, according to NY YIMBY. New building applications for the project were filed in June and disapproved earlier this month. The developer is Investmates Real Estate, which bought the 15,000-square-foot lot for $3,750,000 in April.
We think the design is beautiful and understated, not boring. What do you think of it?
Revealed: 127-131 South 1st Street, Williamsburg Townhouses [NY YIMBY] GMAP
Rendering by ND Architecture and Design via NY YIMBY
Two years after construction started, the Carlton Mews townhouses in Fort Greene look like they could be getting ready to hit the market. The stoops are in, and the five townhouses are ready for cornices. The neotraditional homes have all their windows and brick facades, and it looks like interior work is under way. Construction signage says they’ll be finished by December.
The project has come a long way since one of the townhouses collapsed, killing a construction worker in September 2012.
Construction at the three neo-traditional townhouses at Strong Place and Kane Street in Cobble Hill is close to finished, and Curbed got the first look at some renderings of the interiors. Number 2A, which hit the market last year at $4,475,000, is a 3,720-square-foot home with five bedrooms and 3.5 baths. That house entered contract in April, and the two single-family brownstones at Nos. 2 and 4 have yet to be listed.
Both of those will measure 3,730 square feet and include five bedrooms and 3.5 baths, according to developer Brennan Realty. Each home will feature a backyard, penthouse terraces and a double-height window wall at rear garden and parlor levels. Designed by CWB, the homes are modeled after classic brick townhouses, but the insides are modern. Click through to see the interiors. What do you think of the design?
Developer Cayuga Capital Management plans to convert a large brick warehouse at 79 Quay Street in Greenpoint into townhouses and build a boxy apartment building behind it, according to New York YIMBY. The cube-filled apartment building will rise six stories tall and wrap over the warehouse-turned-townhouses, which are pictured on the left side of the rendering. All told, the development will be 60,000 square feet. Gowanus-based architects Cycle Cities will design the project. Cayuga and Cycle Cities are also collaborating on a 12-story office and retail development at 87 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, reported by the WSJ on Monday.
Revealed: 79 Quay Street [NY YIMBY]
This interesting addition is rising on top of a townhouse at 1 Woodrow Court in Greenwood Heights, at the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street. The little two-story brick townhouse is being enlarged with a third floor and 836 more square feet, according to alteration permits. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, and his website includes more construction photos and a schematic, which we’ve included after the jump.