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Open House Agenda: Three Apartments to See This Weekend

By Donna M. Airoldi | January 3, 2014 7:19am
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NEW YORK CITY — It’s a new year so we’re focused on apartments that are new to the market. These three featured units were listed for the first time this week.

90 Park Terrace East, Apt. 2D Inwood, Manhattan
1 Bedroom/1 Bath
Approximately 750 square feet
Maintenance: $768 per month
Open House: Sunday, Jan. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lowdown: This good-sized post-war one-bedroom in Inwood is in move-in condition, said Kelly Cole of Corcoran Group.

“The kitchen was renovated about a year ago and the bathroom is in pristine original condition — most people won’t want to redo it,” Cole said. “What’s nice is the apartment faces west overlooking the tree line, so you get western light and leafy views. It’s also quiet compared to the back of the building where you can hear the elevated 1 train.”

The quiet seven-story building has a live-in super, basement storage and is pet-friendly. A new elevator was installed a few years ago, Cole said.

Location: Inwood Hill Park and Isham Park are steps away, and there’s a greenmarket down the block every Saturday. The popular Bread and Yoga studio and cooking class space reopened in November in a new storefront on Broadway at 212th Street and is adding a coworking space this month. Inwood Gourmet and Upstart Gallery both opened on nearby Cooper Street in December.

“Inwood has been thriving the past few years, with new cafes, restaurants and interesting shops opening, and the park is a major draw,” said Cole, who has been selling apartments in upper Manhattan for 11 years.

The 1 train at 215th Street at 10th Avenue and the A train at 207th and Broadway are both about a six-minute walk, Cole said, adding that the A train to her office at Columbus Circle takes about 25 minutes.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s in move-in condition and has a great layout, and it’s really good value for the neighborhood,” Cole said. “It’s new on the market, which means it will get high traction, and we priced it well, so it probably won’t sit out there for too long.”


10 Plaza St., Apt. 3C, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
2 Bedrooms/2 Baths
Approximately 1,100 square feet
Maintenance: $938 per month
Open House: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Lowdown: The current owner, an interior designer, completely renovated this sunlit two-bedroom apartment after purchasing it about seven years ago, said Libby Ryan of Brown Harris Stevens, who handled that sale as well.

“Kitchens in the building tend to be in little hallways separated from everything else, but she cut a large window between the kitchen and living room," Ryan said. "And despite the fact that she has two little children, [the apartment] has a nice sophisticated feel to it because of her decorating capabilities.”

The full-service building, constructed in 1959, can be hard to get into, admits Ryan, who said the co-op board wants buyers with two years of maintenance in liquid assets for at least six months before purchasing and after.

“It’s a little rigorous, however, they keep the maintenance relatively very low,” she said.

Location: The building sits on Grand Army Plaza, opposite the main entrance to Prospect Park, where there’s a greenmarket on Saturdays. The main Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden are all a short walk down Eastern Parkway. The apartment's location at the edge of Prospect Heights near Park Slope means the myriad shops and restaurants of both neighborhoods are easily accessible.

Across the street is the entrance for the 2 and 3 trains and the No. 41 bus. The Seventh Avenue B and Q station is two blocks away. There are Zip Cars in the garage beneath the building. “It’s a really convenient location and appeals to Manhattan buyers who are too afraid to get too far away from the subway,” Ryan said.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s completely in move-in condition, has a perfect location, and it offers a full-service building at a very reasonable maintenance,” Ryan said.


515 Fifth Ave., Apt. 7D, Park Slope, Brooklyn
3 Bedrooms/2 Baths
1,110 square feet
$1.295 million
Common Charges: $605 per month
Real Estate Taxes: $260 per month
Open House: Sunday, Jan. 5, 1 to 3 p.m.

Lowdown: Not only do you get spectacular views of the skyline from the private roof deck of this northwest-facing three-bedroom penthouse condo, but “one thing that sets this unit apart from others in the building is every room has views of the harbor and the city,” said Tim Stanard of Corcoran Group.

In addition to the private deck — which only two of the 15 units in the building have — the apartment has a 120-square-foot balcony accessible from the living room and master bedroom, for a total of nearly 750 square feet of outdoor space.

Completed in 2007, “the condo was developed as a green building using a lot of sustainable materials, such as bamboo flooring and recycled wood and rubber on the roof decks,” Stanard said.

The current owners installed California Closets, custom blinds and built-in shelving, Stanard added. The unit also comes with more than 80 square feet of additional storage space.

Location: Plenty of boutiques, bars and restaurants line Fifth Avenue in the South Slope. Near the building, which is located at 13th Street, are the bars Commonwealth and the Fifth Estate, which has live music and comedy; Roots Cafe, a small coffee shop that also has live music; and Korzo, which serves Eastern European fare and one of the best burgers in the city. Its owners opened a second restaurant, Sekt, a few doors down the block in October. Last July, the long-closed Slope Park playground on Sixth Avenue between 18th and 19th streets reopened.

The F, G and R trains are at Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue. You can also access the R at Prospect and Fourth avenues. The Prospect Expressway is four blocks south. Prospect Park is four avenues east.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s unique in terms of two features: the views — which are hard to capture in photos so people need to visit to really get a sense of how ‘wow’ they are — and the 750 square feet of private outdoor space,” Stanard said. “Sunday is the first showing, and we’ll be there regardless of what happens with the snow.”