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Located just a block away from the Domino Sugar Refinery development in sout Williamsburg and a few blocks from Broadway, one of the main arteries of Williamsburg, 6 Wythe Lane Townhouses, crafted with a mix of water-struck coal-fired bricks, gunmetal-gray stainless steel and exposed board-formed concrete. Six Wythe Lanem spanning roughly 4,454 square feet of interior living space over five floors, is the last of the six still on the market, with four bedrooms, one partial and three full bathrooms, an enormous full-height basement, a private garden, a private roof deck and an underground parking garage.

A private mews runs behind the townhouse garden, with a distinct entryway for guests, with road access also available via the private underground garage and a street entrance on South 4th Street. The lower level, with double-height ceilings, is designed for a media room and can accomodate a gym large enough for a regulation-size basketball hoop or a studio, with a bathroom and a full-size laundry room. The private rooftop offers expansive views north, south to Williamsburg Bridge and toward Long Island City.

"With the understanding that the real estate market in Williamsburg has been rapidly maturing and is now ripe for larger single-family luxury residences, the project was begun by developer KUB Capital four years ago," said Warner Lewis, associate broker with Halstead Property. "Now they are about to launch their next project at 150 Wooster, which will be the epitome of luxury in SoHo, and the last big development site there. The level of fit and finish here, in my opinion, is well above anything else that has been built in Williamsburg, and is a project that they would not have attempted even a decade ago. From the Danish brick that is just now being used in high-end projects in Manhattan, to the large master bathrooms and to the board-formed concrete that they used throughout, this level of design and craftsmanship distinguishes it from virtually any other new development townhouse in Brooklyn."

Two projects on Carroll Street present the diversity of Brooklyn residential real estate currently on the market. In Carroll Gardens between Smith and Court Streets, a three-bedroom, 3,392-square-foot brownstone triplex condominium with a large garden at 238 Carroll Street, with a formal living room with 12-and-a-half-foot ceilings, wood-burning fireplac eand floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Carroll Park, is comparable in size to many single-family townhouses in Brooklyn Heights. Built in the 1970s, the 25-foot-wide brownstone was fully renovated two-and-a-half years ago, with all-new crown moldings and wainscoting on the full parlor floor. The restoration also added new hardwood floors, Wolf, Sub-Zero, Bosch and Miele appliances and smart accoutrments, like Nest thermostats, on all the floors, along with two-zone central air-conditioning.

The current owners are relocating back to Europe, and have priced the property to sell at $4,250,000. "You could buy a vintage brownstone this size, but you would likely have to renovate it yourself to get it up to this level of quality and authenticity, and many high-end buyers appreciate when the difficult gut-rehab work has already been done for them," said James Crow, associate broker with The Corcoran Group. "The quiet location in Carroll Gardens is also desirable, and the size - with the large garden, closet to all the great shops and restaurants on Smith and Court Streets - is a winning combination. Buyers also appreciate that while it is authentic, it is really a new-development condo."

"Prime" and "Gowanus" were not words normally associate with each other, but Prime Gowanus is what realtors are calling the neighborhood around 459 Carroll Street. Built on the site of a hulking former ink and brush factory built in 1888, the five-story building is now a two-unit condominium, one of which is a three-level loft covering the bottom three full floors - including a massive basement. The main floor of the architect-designed, 4,372-square-foot triplex, now on the market for $3,795,000, has four distinct living areas and hourglass insets on four sids, with ceiling heights ranging from 11-foot-10 inches to 13-and-a-half feet, with enormous operable skylights flooding the space with natural light. The top floor features three large bedrooms, a massive bathroom and a 900-square-foot lpe terrace with a gas-plumbed grill, electricity and views of neighboring gardens and the emerging waterfront community and tis famous canal, where restaurants, coffee shops, artist and event spaces, a host of new residential projects and a massive Whole Foods, on Third Street and Third Avenue, have replaced aging warehouses and factories. An artist-led Carroll Street development project is currently underway that will bring new trees, interactive art installations and public spaces to the once-gritty area.

"This triplex townhouse is the ultimate industrial chic, with high ceilings and terrazzo flooring on the main floor, museum-quality finishes and mechanicals, a private terrace and great light no less than seven different entrances," said Nadine Adamson, associate broker with Brown Harris Stevens. "The owners, both well-regarded artists, renovated it themselves to their own taste, and are now moving on. Potential buyers imagine buying an industrial factory and make it into a dream residential artist space on their own, but that is something very difficult to do. These owners created two studios - he is a sculptor, and has a studio space in the basement, and she is a painter, with another studio upstairs - and both rear bedrooms have direct access to the large terrace and built-in floor-to-ceiling closets. This is a home-grown project, not a developer project, and it is exceptionally well done."

On the market for the first time in 15 years, 181-185 Carlton Avenue is an enormous four-family brick brownstone townhouse located in prime Fort Greene near Fort Greene Park, the Barclays Center and the restaurants and shops on Dekalb and Myrtle Avenues. The 43-foot-wide townhouse sits on two contiguous parcels that together comprise more than 7,800 square feet of living space spread over four stories, including an owners' duplex with a massive garden, solarium and a 500-square-foot parking garage, complete with curb cut.

The asking price of $7 million prices out to $897 per square foot as currently configured - with two two-bedroom rentals and one one-bedroom rental on the third and fourth floors - and includes the air rights, which could increase the potential buildable square footage up to 9,500 square feet. "Fort Greene is known for its large brownstones, but there is no other property on the market quite like this one, on two tax lots, in Fort Greene," said Christopher Forbes, associate broker with Stribling & Associates. "There is so much potential here, whether it is split up into several buildings, a luxury development or just a huge single-family conversion mega-mansion. A lot of properties in the area are already large, but this one is enormous, with one single entrance.

The fully renovated Park Slope brownstone located a block from both Prospect Park and Grand Army Plaza at 878 President Street in Park Slope, built in 1889 by brownstone Brookyln architect Albert E. White, is coveted because of its abundanct light. Expanded during a meticulous renovation that added central heating and cooling and a deeded indoor parking space nearby, the five-floor, five-bedroom, six-bathroom home is listing for $5,625,000. It is only attached on one side, leaving room for extra windows on the other, and features a large skylight above the stairway that brings natural light to the interior with the help of large bay windows in both the master bedroom and the master bathroom, as well as through a glass deck off the kitchen. The renovation took a year, and added new hardwood floors, a gas fireplace in the living room, Mitsubishi thermostats and a Control4 Smart Home system, and a finished basement with a wine cellar.

The renovation was designed to accomodate one or two families, with a second kitchen, washer-dryer adn a separate entry downstairs. "They thought of everything with this renovation, and the house is now ideal for a variety of living situations, including in-laws," said Jacky Teplitzky, associate broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

"The garden level has its own indoor kitchen, one-and-a-half bathrooms and flexible-use rooms at the front and rear of the house - perfect for additional home living and entertaining, a home office, and/or for guests or tenants in a legal garden apartment. The owners put tremendous effort into a very tasteful renovation that was faithful to the original 19th-century design, and it shows. A lot of houses in Brooklyn can be very taste specific, but this house can appeal to a very broad demographic, from families to singles to empty nesters. And it works well as a light-filled single-family or a two-family home.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017