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affordable housing, Brooklyn, housing lotteries, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Photo of Prospect Park via Maria Eklind on Flickr

A second affordable housing lottery launched for the Lincoln Road Apartments, a two-tower rental building offering up 27 middle-income units. Located in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, the rentals at 31-33 Lincoln Road sit directly across from sprawling Prospect Park. In addition to its proximity to the park, 33 Lincoln provides residents a common roof deck, fitness center, a lounge and lots of storage. The apartments sit less than 500 feet from the B and Q trains at the Prospect Park Subway stop. New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for units ranging from $1,807/month studios to $2,733/month two-bedroom apartments.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Want Prospect Park as a backyard? Enter a lottery for 16 middle-income apartments at a brand new building in Brooklyn’s Prospect-Lefferts Gardens that sits directly across from the 526-acre park. Located at 510 Flatbush Avenue (also 33 Lincoln Road), the Lincoln Road Apartments rise nine stories and contain 141 units. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for units ranging from $1,807/month studios to $2,733/month two-bedroom apartments.

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Cool Listings, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

125 Maple Street, Axel Hedman, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, townhouses, cool listings

Situated just two blocks from Prospect Park at 125 Maple Street in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, this 25-foot-wide limestone beauty was built by noted Brooklyn architect Axel Hedman in the Renaissance Revival style. Built on a corner lot, the house gets enough sun to feature a stained-glass-wrapped solarium, and moody,  dramatic interior details appear luminous rather than dark.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Photo via CityRealty

Here’s your chance to live in pretty Prospect-Lefferts Gardens for, perhaps, less than the neighborhood’s market-rate rents. An affordable housing lottery is opening for seven units in a new, eight-story building at 212 Linden Boulevard. As 6sqft recently uncovered, many middle-income apartments throughout the city serve more to subsidize the truly affordable units, and therefore, don’t come in that much cheaper. Here, the homes are available to those earning 130 percent of the median income and range from $1,800/month studios to $2,714/month two-bedrooms. By comparison, the market-rate rentals range from $1,850/one bedrooms to $3,000/month two-bedrooms.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

This three-story brick townhouse is nestled on a charming street of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, the Brooklyn neighborhood east of Prospect Park. 88 Midwood Street also has some nice surprises inside, like carved woodwork, a big wood burning fireplace and a bonus sunroom. If you’re on the hunt for a lovely Brooklyn townhouse with some historic details still in tact—and have $2.399 million to spare—look no further.

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Celebrities, History, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Ta Nehisi Coates, 207 Lincoln Road, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn brownstones

Atlantic Writer, National Book Award winner and MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates recently made an appearance in real estate news; Coates, who is among today’s most prominent writers on African-American issues, and his wife recently purchased a landmarked five-bedroom townhouse in Prospect-Lefferts Garden for $2.1 million. Not one to miss an opportunity to explore a facet of cultural history, the couple worked an interesting story into the LLC they used to purchase the property, DNAinfo tells us.

Buyers commonly register Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) to purchase property in order to conceal their identities (celebrities, for example, or when making a big-ticket buy), and LLC names are often mundane, using the name of the property itself. But the Coateses LLC, “Ellen and William Craft Excursions LLC” has an inspiring tale behind it: The Crafts were an escaped slave couple from Georgia in the 19th century. Disguised as a white male slave owner and his slave, they escaped to Philadelphia in 1868.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

182 Rutland Road, living room, prospect lefferts gardens

Isn’t it the dream of every aspiring novelist in Brooklyn to have a gorgeous townhouse to write in? Brooklyn-based author Emma Straub (of novels like “The Vacationers” and “Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures”) has lived the dream, in this lovely Prospect Lefferts Gardens limestone at 182 Rutland Road. The super-adorable house has been featured in places like Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy. On the latter, Straub characterized the design style as “Colorful and eclectic. Slightly goofy.” She and her husband Michael Fusco (together they run design studio M + E out of the house) bought it back in 2009 for $975,000. Today, it’s not so easy for a Brooklyn writer to afford a Brooklyn townhouse–it’s on the market for $1.85 million.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

51 Midwood Street, William A.A. Brown, William M. Miller, grand center stair with arches and chinoiserie lattice work

How would you like to brag to your friends that you live in one of the first buildings ever in what is now the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District? This four-story townhouse at 51 Midwood Street was built in 1898 by William A.A. Brown and designed by William M. Miller. Among its offerings are striking tiger oak millwork, a grand center stair and coffered ceilings, with some head-turning renovations, all for $2.325 million.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

26 Winthrop Street, Prospect Lefferts Gardens

It’s not rare to find an amazing historic townhouse in Brooklyn, but this is a first for us–an Arts and Crafts-style home inspired by the original owner’s career as a shipbuilder.

Built in 1914, 26 Winthrop Street is a 20.5-foot-wide, three-story red brick house that sits on an extra-deep lot of 132.5 feet in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. What makes the residence one-of-a-kind is the living room, modeled after a ship’s stateroom and complete with a vaulted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling mahogany wainscoting.

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