Our look earlier this week at a gorgeous Park Slope townhouse has us thinking about the Borough of Kings more and more, so once again we’re jumping across the river for a look at some of our favorite homes currently on the market in Brooklyn.
Williamsburg is now firmly entrenched as Brooklyn’s own version of Soho, with converted warehouse buildings, a dense population of artists, and places to see and be seen. Large townhouses in this area are not widely available, and this one — which is new construction, measures 5,000 square feet and includes a gallery space — is a blend of house living with a loft aesthetic. Located right off Bedford Avenue, it’s near everything Williamsburg has to offer while still being situation on a peaceful and calm block.
Between Daylight Savings Time and the (unofficial) arrival of spring marked these past few sunny days, we’re getting excited about properties that are perfect for warm weather. Whether it’s the outdoor space, the view, or both, these are the penthouse properties we think will be be hot this summer.
5,400 square feet of private outdoor space. We could just leave it at that and move on, but there’s so much more to talk about. This huge 5,700-square-foot Flatiron District loft is one of a kind, taking up the entire top floor and allowing for a totally customizable floor plan. The 19 windows are going to let in plenty of sunlight, but the roof deck is a game-changer that just needs a little bit of vision to be turned into one of the most spectacular private outdoor spaces in the city.
Ever wonder why real estate near the Brooklyn waterfront sells for Manhattan-like prices? Then we direct you to this shot from the DUMBO neighborhood, where converted industrial loft buildings blend perfect with newer construction, all set against the East River and Manhattan skyline. Specifically this is the twilight view from the amazing penthouse at 189 Bridge Street, and it’s a view you can only get in Brooklyn. Sometimes an “outer” borough gives you the most “inside” New York feeling possible.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
“A Duplex With Multi-Borough Views”
Wall Street Journal
The one-of-a-kind penthouse (right) in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood that made an appearance on last week’s episode of “Selling New York” was also the subject of the Journal’s “House of the Day.” CORE’s Michael Graves has the $6.8 million listing, which features 360-degree views and a pair of custom staircases in its 5,100 square feet.
New York Post
Speaking of DUMBO, a recent sale in one of the neighborhood’s top buildings, 85 Adams Street, by CORE’s Reyn Rossington was highlighted by the Post. The 2br/2ba condo sold for just under $1 million.
“Woody Upper West Side Duplex Gets an Attractive Pricecut”
The CORE Blog’s look at some special properties on the Upper West Side caught the attention of Curbed, which decided to highlight the unique renovation given to Doron Zwickel’s exclusive listing at 270 West End Avenue. Like Kenny Rogers once said, it’s the wood that makes it good.
HGTV’s “Selling New York” follows CORE agents as they navigate the country’s most competitive—and compelling—real estate market. Here’s our behind-the-scenes look at Episode #412, which first aired on January 12, 2012. For more SNY recaps, click here.
In CORE’s first “SNY” episode of 2012, called “Satisfaction Guaranteed,” agent Kirk Rundhaug devoted his time to finding the next one-of-a-kind investment property for his big-fish client, Gloria Naftali. With the clock ticking on finding the perfect apartment, Gloria enlisted the help of her personal friend and real estate broker, Julie, to tour several properties with Kirk.
The search began in Brooklyn, where Kirk showed Julie a massive 5,100-square-foot penthouse listed by fellow CORE agent Michael Graves. Despite its floor-to-ceiling windows, double spiral staircase and nine terraces, Kirk and Julie knew that Gloria had her heart set on downtown Manhattan. The next stop was a a penthouse in CORE’s The Cammeyer at 650 Sixth Avenue in the Flatiron District, but the property wasn’t Gloria’s perfect match, either. Next up was another penthouse with “wow” factor, in The Excelsior on 57th Street in Midtown. Gloria was not disappointed — who would be with stunning views, a 4,800-square-foot wraparound terrace and a private indoor swimming pool? — but in the end it was too much penthouse for one woman to handle.
Keep on reading for some exclusive behind-the-scenes information about what didn’t make it into last night’s episode of “Selling New York” and what happened after the cameras stopped rolling!