For $1,475, you can get a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 700 sq. ft. apartment (4 rooms total) at the corner of Bergen & Dean. Sorry, no pets.
While it’s not exactly real estate porn, this practical 1BR+study/office has decent hardwood floors in this otherwise owner-occupied, 2-family brownstone. And sub-$1500 suggests rents in the area are pretty flat, which makes it a pretty good time to look in Prospect Heights, where you have public transportation to the entire metro area just outside your front door, basically… though you probably already know that if you’re living here or looking here. If you want to pursue it further, check out the listing here.
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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio just released his annual NYC Worst Landlords Watchlist. Making the list for Prospect Heights is 181 PARK PLACE, while de Blasio’s report lists as having 3 units and a total of 96 infractions.
According to the Trulia listing of 181 Park Place, this multi-family, 4,137 sq ft property was built in 1931. It’s not on the market, but the average price for homes sold recently is almost $1.6 million, or well over the average list price of $620k for Prospect Heights.
For $2800, this new-construction loft space in a community of 6 buildings has a master bedroom with two closets, and another half room with a closet of its own (though the room is likely too small for a share, it would make a nice office or child’s room); both have floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony access.
Located on the edge of North Park Slope, Clinton Hill, and Ft. Greene, the apartment is notably mainly for its industrial feel (treated concrete floors, exposed concrete walls and air ducts), decent sized terrace and a private balcony off the master bedroom, and higher-end amenities (central AC/heat, Bosch dishwasher, Ice stone countertops, heated bathroom floors, etc.)
Learn More: New York Times Real Estate
When you think of Brooklyn living, you think of brownstone apartments. The brownstone offers vintage charm with high ceilings, decorative molding and pocket doors. Unfortunately, brownstones can also be dark with awkward bathroom and walking spaces. To keep your brownstone from feeling like a dungeon, there are some simple tips to help you decorate your space and brighten things up.
Let there be light! Depending on the angle of your Brownstone (or if you have a corner lot) it can be a bit difficult to brighten up your living space with just natural light. This makes it very important to have adequate lighting in each room. You may consider installing overhead light fixtures and investing in floor lamps. The type of light bulb you use is also important. Full spectrum light bulbs emit natural looking light which can help augment the lack of sun light in your brownstone. Paint your walls a light color to help reflect sunlight into open spaces. A white shade is the best way to accomplish this goal.
Color your life. Adding bright colors with accent pieces really make a room pop. Consider red decorative pillows or a throw on your neutral colored furniture couch. You can also be creative with your lamp shades and chairs. Another great way to add a little spark to your space is to paint one of your walls a bright color. Try a bright yellow as an accent wall. This will make a room pop as well as help reflect light and brighten up the space.
Furniture types. This is always a touchy subject because it is all about personal preference and budget. Your best bet is to invest in furniture that is more modern than Victorian. Modern furniture is more adaptable and most of the time uses brighter colors and less space that their Victorian counterparts. While modern furniture can range from incredibly expensive to downright affordable, choosing the right pieces that will last should be your number one goal. Now that you have invested in your space, you should make sure your brownstone is secure in order to protect you new investment
Security with style. Since Brooklyn brownstones were built many years ago, most do not have sufficient security. Your first step is to install deadbolt locks on your doors and an alarm system. Second, you need to use them! If you live on the first floor make sure your window bars are secure. If you do not have window bars, you should consider installing them. They are not the most attractive design feature, some may argue they are ugly, but they do deter burglars. Brooklyn brownstone tenants should also consider NYC rental insurance. Protecting your possessions, especially your new decorations, is a great way to ensure you stay financially whole in the event of a theft or fire. You can insure all of your possession for around $20 a month with rental insurance.
Now that you are armed with how to brighten up your dreary brownstone, start hunting for inspiration. Find others who have transformed their brownstone from dark and dreary to bright and inviting. Be the do-it-yourselfer you always knew you could be!
“Alexis and I spent the better part of this weekend snooping around new neighborhoods …. We began the day visiting an open house in Park Slope– a beautiful 2BR brownstone floor through, nicely renovated with a great kitchen. The price was right, but when we got there, we realized that swarms of people had visited and that there would most likely be a rent bidding war. A bit crestfallen, we walked on, hitting South Slope/Greenwood Heights (is that really a neighborhood?) and Prospect Heights on Saturday, then the Gowanus area, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens on Sunday.”
“End Result: Nothing is really available over this Labor Day stretch. Furthermore, since when do bidding wars happen with RENTALS?”
LINK: Searching for a New ‘Hood [callalillie.com]
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My delightful and brilliant friend Gabriella is looking for flatmates to share the huge brownstone duplex she’s moving into:
“It occupies the top two floors of the brownstone on a quiet,
tree-lined street. There are three bedrooms, two of which have office annexes. . .” The third faces “a series of lush and verdant backyards.”
“Every room (except, of course, the kitchen & bathroom) has a marble mantlepiece, and there are plenty of nineteenth-century details, including, in every bedroom, a little alcove with tons of little built-in cupboards & drawers, and a working sink!”
“I’m a teacher recently come back to NY after a long absence, spent mostly in college and in graduate school. . . . Knowledge of another language, a love of literature and (classical) music, and an interest in politics and history would also be plusses. . . .”
“There will be an open house Sunday [today — ed.] and/or Monday.”
LINK: Bedroom and Study in Spacious Brownstone Duplex [Craigslist]
MAP: Carlton Avenue at Prospect Place [Google Maps]
Discussion going on right now on the Craigslist NYC Housing Forum: “A couple friends of mine, and I, are currently looking for a new place starting may. We are all undergrad students with full time jobs, and in trying to decide on locations mutually feasible for our work and school (midtown/downtown work, NYU and Brooklyn College school) we’re growing more and more interested in the area of prospect heights/crown heights in brooklyn. Specifically, the area around the 2/3 and 4/5 trains. Does anyone know this area well, and have any advice? We’ve walked around there a few times at night and during rush hour to get a feel, it seems to be real block-by-block, but the shadiest parts we saw still didn’t seem that bad. Any advice/ideas/comments? …”
If that doesn’t catch your interest, then maybe you’ll want to go read about the Erotic Art Party for couples taking place in a 1600-square-foot loft “in or around Prospect Heights” later this month.
Jose needs a few neighbors: "There are two apartments available in my building, a 2bdrm and a 3bdrm, on the first and second floors, respectively. The apartments are newly renovated, pet-friendly and filled with 20-somethings. Please contact me if you’d like to see the units at 600 Park Place btwn Franklin and Classon Aves. I’m doing this as a favor for the landlord. The landlord’s asking 1250 for the 2bdrm and 1500
for the 3bdrm. There might be another 3bdrm opening up on the first floor,