Brooklyn

Cool Listings, Prospect Park South

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

The single-family homes in Prospect Park South often offer a suburban-like living experience right in Brooklyn, and this charmer at 169 Stratford Road is no exception. Built in 1899 and listed for $2,595,000, the 2,844-square-foot house has six bedrooms, a front porch, side porch, a rear deck and lovely backyard, and even a gated driveway.

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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Right across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg is the modern condominium 20 Bayard Street, notable for the fact that every unit has gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows. This three-bedroom apartment on the 10th floor is one that has a full-wall, curved window with views of the skyline, as well as a rear balcony. Add to that the abundance of plants and subtle bohemian vibe, and the 1,312-square-foot home is a serene escape, currently listed for $1,779,000.

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Crown Heights, Major Developments

960 Franklin Avenue

Rendering: NYC Department of City Planning

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced his opposition to two controversial high-rise towers proposed for a Crown Heights lot across from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As first reported by Gothamist, the mayor said the project would “harm the research and educational work carried out by one of this city’s prized cultural institutions.”

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

Photo Credit: Compass/Michael J. Franco

Just on appearances, this Park Slope townhouse stands out, with its unique neo-Federal style. But it’s also rare for the fact that it comes with a private driveway and garage. Located at 15 Prospect Park West, the location’s not too shabby, either. The home has four bedrooms, a finished basement, a backyard, and a roof deck, and it’s asking $4,400,000.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings

Listing images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

A little over a year ago, we featured this townhouse, one of the most incredible in Brooklyn, when it lowered its asking price to $10 million after first listing for $13.5 million in 2018. It’s now returned for an even more reduced price of $9.2 million. Located at 280 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill, the 10,000-square-foot Queen Anne mansion is not notable just for its opulent interiors but for the fact that it was built in 1887 for Charles Erhart, co-founder of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company and brother-in-law to Charles Pfizer. The home’s current owner is a designer and undertook a magnificent renovation that retained historic details like an original Otis elevator, moldings and woodwork galore, and stained glass, as well as added modern upgrades like a sunken “speakeasy” party room, wine cellar, and meticulously landscaped backyard.

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Carroll Gardens, Cool Listings

Credit: Brown Harris Stevens

“From the moment you walk through the door, your mood will be elevated by the natural sunlight streaming in through the grand 16-foot wall of windows,” starts the listing for this three-bedroom duplex in Carroll Gardens. Its abundance of windows is made more striking by their location within several architectural nooks and by the apartment’s double-height configuration. Another perk? it comes with a private roof deck. Located at the ultra-modern Satori condominium, the home is asking $1,398,000.

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Cool Listings, Red Hook

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

You don’t have to be super high to get incredible skyline views. This one-bedroom condo’s unique Red Hook location affords it with spectacular vantages of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the Red Hook piers. Asking $995,000, it’s part of the New York Dock Building. Built in 1910, this was the first reinforced steel and concrete building in the United States, and it was converted to modern loft residences in 2017.

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Cool Listings, Ditmas Park

All photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

A pretty, suburban-like home in Ditmas Park has hit the market for $2.4 million. Recently renovated by the current owner, 498 Westminster Road artfully mixes old and new, with stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings, and bay windows accompanied by all new appliances and top-of-the-line fixtures. Located on a tree-lined street that feels a ways away from city life but is really around the corner from the subway, the freestanding home–with its two porches, backyard, and basement–offers the best of both worlds.

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Coney Island, New Developments, Rentals

Renderings courtesy of LCOR

Real estate developer LCOR last week filed plans with the city to bring a 461-unit residential project to Coney Island. Located about a block from the beach and boardwalk at 1515 Surf Avenue, the proposed 16-story development will rise on the parking lot of Gargiulo’s Restaurant, a 100-year-old neighborhood staple. Gargiulo’s owner Louis Russo agreed to a 99-year ground lease for the lot late last year.

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affordable housing, Flatbush, housing lotteries

Photo of Brooklyn College Library by Beyond My Ken on Wikimedia

A housing lottery has launched this week for 58 affordable apartments for senior New Yorkers at a new Brooklyn rental. Located at 1488 New York Avenue, the Bishop Philius and Helene Nicolas Senior Residences rises seven stories and contains 89 studio apartments and social services for residents. To apply, New Yorkers must have at least one household member who is 62 years of age or older, qualify for Section 8 benefits, and earn $45,500 or less, annually. Eligible applicants will pay 30 percent of their income for the studio apartments.

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