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Brooklyn prewar coop prospect park

235 Lincoln Place, Apt. 2C (l), 20 Plaza Street East, Apt. D10 (r).

Just north and west of Grand Army Plaza and the green expanse of Prospect Park, the heavenly slice of brownstone Brooklyn where Prospect Heights  meets Park Slope is considered one of the best spots in the borough–possibly the city–to live. Its streets offer some of the area’s loveliest historic townhouses and some of Brooklyn’s most gracious prewar apartment buildings, home to notables from Sen. Charles Schumer to Chloë Sevigny.

Near an alphabet soup of subway lines and every amenity you could imagine–from the Brooklyn Museum to Barclays Center–these two classic prewar co-ops claim this prime location, sought-after full-service buildings and pretty Deco-era bones. The first also offers the spacious layout sought by co-op buyers, and at $1.4 million for a large three-bedroom, there’s plenty of room to roam. And though a diminutive studio is best for one (or two who like to be very close) this particular version, asking a double-take-prompting $350k, is on a high floor in one of the area’s loveliest buildings and has the same look–minus a few hundred square feet–as its more spacious sibling.

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The el dorado

Inspired by all the talk of Demi Moore listing her San Remo penthouse for a potentially record-breaking $75 million, we found some even more fabulously grand Central Park West, Emery-Roth-designed, graciously pre-war detailed listings at the San Remo’s equally fabulous and celebrity-favored cousin, the El Dorado at 300 Central Park West. The “high” listing is exactly that: Not only a penthouse, but a rare offering that spans two floors of one of the iconic building’s skyline-defining twin towers. And of course there’s the view from your double-decker tower perch, which is the one that really counts.

But before you lunge for your wallet (or if you’re thinking you don’t really need the square footage of a small walled city), the “low” listing is in the same famous and fabulous iconic building, and it’s even on a high floor. While it’s technically a one-bedroom, it has that classic pre-war co-op’s gracious layout. And it’s asking $1.4 million, which, a few caveats aside, sounds astonishingly reasonable. And you still get to be neighbors with Meredith Viera and the lingering spirit of Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Moby, Bono and many more past residents.

The El Dorado for $29 million and $1.4 million, this way…

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high low mad men-inspired apartments

Butterfield House at 37 West 12th Street (l); 225 East 74th Street (r).

In honor of the final season of “Mad Men,” we’ve found a pair of current listings with the modern appeal of the Draper apartment at (fictional) 783 Park Avenue. Accents that might come straight from the pages of a mid-century magazine—like a sunken living room, wood paneling and a Nelson hanging light–or 21st century perks like open kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and city views add up to just as much modern cool as they did in the “Mad Men” era. $2.8 million gets you a serious mid-century pedigree, an enclosed balcony and a prime Greenwich Village location, but for $925,000, a top-floor Upper East Side pre-war pad with a recent renovation, city views and a compellingly modernist vibe looks like a serious deal.

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Brooklyn Heights Duplexes, 115 Willow Street, 108 Pierrepont Street

115 Willow Street, $2.35 million (L); 108 Pierrepont Street, $575,000 (R)

This freshly-listed, charming bi-level bolt-hole in prime Brooklyn Heights at 108 Pierrepont Street may be petite, but it’s tucked into the same elegant neighborhood as the house-like duplex at 115 Willow Street, also new to the market, that’s going for $2.35 million. Also in a beautiful, well-kept historic prewar building, with the same access to the Promenade, park and neighborhood highlights, the former rings in at a far-lower $575,000.

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66 morton street, 280 Park Place

66 Morton Street, $17M (left); 280 Park Place, $3.5M (right)

A classic bow-fronted Prospect Heights townhouse (above, right) offers many of the things we love about this star-studded $17 million West Village home (above, left)–for a lot less. The big-ticket Manhattan beauty set records and made movies. But for $3.5 million, a new-to-market gem in one of Brooklyn’s most coveted neighborhoods is just as charming, and even offers some perks the Manhattan home lacks.

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