Sunday, December 11, 2011

Keep the Woodwork Coming: 931 St. Marks Avenue

If you need a break from so-so Park Slope listings around $2M (and lord knows we do!), why not take a peak at the variety of great exteriors and interiors that under $1M gets you just a little further east?

931 St. Marks Avenue is a huge 20' x 50', 2-Family limestone in Crown Heights with some out-of-control original interior woodwork:

You never saw so much wood around a sink before:

This is reminiscent of our all-time top-viewed post for 287 Dekalb Avenue, which also had some great original period details. As in that house, you also get some fresh, clean spaces too...

They'd be asking $899K for one floor of this place elsewhere. Instead, here, you get the backyard, the drive way, the owner's triplex, a garden apartment, the great limestone exterior, all located on a peaceful (don't mind the high school across the street) cul-de-sac right next to the "Brooklyn Children's Museum". It's nice to know that almost a million dollars can still cop a legit mansion, even though a mediocre condo is bound to sell today for this same price. Every time a Park Slope condo sells, a Crown Heights mansion gets its wings (and becomes a way more attractive buy).

Pro's: curb appeal, straight-up mansion status, original details, wood burning fireplaces throughout,

Con's: across the street from a high school, are you ready for deep Crown Heights?

Ideally: compare to a few similar plays we have in mind to get the absolute best buy.