Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Excellent Location & Views

Pick any street around here & you'll find a hive of realtors at work.  How about buying a house on Prospect Avenue (known until 1869 as Middle Street) ?  A stroll down Prospect, between Fifth and Third, reveals several possibilities.

207A Prospect Avenue - $1,700,000

Massey Knakal Realty Services is proud to offer this three story brick townhouse situated in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This unique opportunity allows your creative design to complete to your own specifications and offers tremendous flexibility for your fabulous dream home, high income producing investment property, or customized conversion opportunity. Situated on a large lot measuring 20’ wide and 107.75’ deep, towering and offering breathtaking views of Manhattan, this 3,200 sq. ft. spectacle makes for a wonderful opportunity to own in an excellent location next to the F, G and R lines, along with close proximity to all of the exciting retail shops, organic grocery stores, including the new Whole Foods Market, restaurants, nightlife, and all of the best amenities that Park Slope and Brooklyn offers. (Massey Knakal)

MK neglects to mention the fabulous views of the Prospect Expressway merging into the Gowanus, and the steady roar of traffic at your doorway.  

It's not verdant, but at least the trucks are trying.

207 Prospect Avenue - $1,900,000

This one's renovated.

This open plan design with acacia plank flooring, exposed beams and brick, is beautifully complimented by the perfect light from the large windows at the front and back of the house. The kitchen with soapstone counter and rich wood cabinets comes with stainless steel appliances by Fisher / Paykel, GE Profile Stove, and LG washer/dryer. On the next level in the large second bedroom you find the original marble mantel, a feature echoed in the whole house. The master bedroom with soaring ceilings has an en suite windowed bathroom with Lacava, Grohe and Duravit fixtures, these are also found in the equally stunning garden floor bathroom. Central air, an integrated home audio system with two wall mounted Samsung TVs, Sonos distributed audio zones, and in-wall /ceiling surround sound, have all been professionally installed to enhance the owners lifestyle.

189 - 195 Prospect Avenue?  - ?

I'm not sure what the story is here.  In early 2013 189 - 195 Prospect Avenue, a parcel of six buildings, was listed on the market for $6,950,000, but it appears to have been taken off the market by the end of the year.  Corcoran was handling the sale back then:

Rare opportunity for developers and investors in Park Slope! 189-195 Prospect Avenue are two lots (with the configuration of six) that are ideal for a new construction or condo development in this booming Park Slope market. Zoned for both residential and commercial use, the total lot area is 15,628 square feet with 46,402 square feet of allowable floor area. The property is currently comprised of two carriage houses (both two stories), two residential two-family houses, wide open parking lots, and two enclosed garages. This property is conveniently located directly across the street from the R train station at Prospect Avenue. 

Six buildings?  Five buildings?  It's hard to configure this one, but it seems like the parcel is for sale again.  

Let's head to the next block.

173 Prospect Avenue - $950,000

Just off Fourth Avenue, next to an empty corner lot, and a towering apartment building, with an expressway rising in front of the house, 173's been on and off the market for several years

There's no purple prose for this one - just the basics.

169 Prospect Avenue - $1,299,000

Apparently this place has been in the same family for three generations. It looks like a home, rather than a showcase,  There's a laundry pole in the back.  But it's been on the market since the summer, and the price has been reduced.

The sad thing is that both these blocks of Prospect have some fine buildings, but when Moses slashed his way through, the once handsome-streets became half-blocks, losing their symmetry and natural vitality, stranded on the edge of a vehicular abyss.  Today, in our most perverse of markets, it's a landscape with a million dollar price-tag.

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