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Open House Agenda: 3 New Condos to See This Weekend

By Donna M. Airoldi | February 20, 2015 7:54am | Updated on February 20, 2015 4:24pm
 Condos in brand new buildings with open houses this weekend.
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NEW YORK CITY — Buyers who want to live in brand new buildings with luxury touches can have a hard time finding much on the market, as many such developments sell out quickly or the list prices are financially out of reach. Here are three units in buildings completed within the past year with open houses scheduled for this weekend.

120 Hart St., Apt. 3, Bedford-Stuyvesant
3 Bedrooms/2 Baths
Approximately 1,249 square feet
Common Charges: $246.80 per month
Real Estate Taxes: $400.97 per month
Open House: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2:30-4 p.m.

Lowdown: Though on the market for just over a week, this surprisingly affordable three-bedroom, two-bath condo not surprisingly has several offers already. But the sponsor will continue to host the open house until an offer is accepted and a contract is signed, said Jennifer Rhodes of Ideal Properties Group.

“It’s move-in ready, it already has a certificate of occupancy, so the only wait is whatever time the bank takes for financing,” Rhodes said, adding that one other apartment in the four-unit building is also still available and has an open house on Sunday at the same time, but it includes a private yard.

The layout for this third-floor walk-up includes a north-facing balcony off the living room, “good-sized” bedrooms, “wide halls,” and a “huge” open kitchen. The closets are outfitted with an organization system, but it’s not mounted to the walls so it can be easily removed, Rhodes noted.

Common spaces include the roof deck and the basement. The sponsor is leaving it up to the condo association to decide whether to use the basement for storage, a bike room or gym, Rhodes said.

Location: The building is near Marcy and Willoughby playgrounds and community gardens on a tree-lined residential street, two blocks from the Myrtle-Willoughby Ave G train station. The J, M and Z trains at Myrtle and Broadway are three-quarters of a mile away. The area has new coffee shops and restaurants, including Pilar Cuban Eatery, opened in January.

Why put it on your open house calendar? The unit has an excellent price point for its size. And “it’s in a pocket of Bed-Stuy that hasn’t hit the top yet, so assuming a continued good market like we’re having, there’s quite a bit of upside to it,” Rhodes said.

951 Pacific St., Apt. 2, Crown Heights/Prospect Heights
3 Bedrooms/2 Baths
Approximately 1,492 square feet
$1.57 million
Common Charges: $330 per month
Real Estate Taxes: $341 per month
Open Houses: Saturday, Feb. 21, 1-2 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 22, 2-3 p.m.

Lowdown: This energy-efficient building is “both high tech and high touch,” and could be the first “net zero” “passive house” in New York City, said Greg Todd of Corcoran Group.

Net zero means the building produces as much energy as it uses in a year, while a “passive house” includes systems that allow for energy savings of up to 90 percent compared with typical construction.

The building has an air ventilation system that “filters out all pollen and preheats the air coming in the building.” It also “buffers the humidity.” Solar panels on the roof provide most of the energy. The unit is quiet, “feels like a sanctuary,” and gets a “ton of light” and has a “beautiful view of the garden in the rear.”

This middle unit has 14-foot ceilings in the living room and floor-to-ceiling windows. The master bedroom on the upper level has an over-sized walk-in closet, and a terrace that runs the length of the building. The bedrooms on the main level are a tad narrow, but the kitchen has plenty of counter space and cabinets.

The sponsor hopes to have the certificate of occupancy by mid-March, Todd said. The three-unit building has one other apartment still available.

Location: Situated in Crown Heights just east of Prospect Heights, the building is near up-and-coming commercial strips along Washington and Vanderbilt avenues, Todd said, who has lived and worked in the neighborhood for 25 years. The industrial area to the east is also developing, with the opening last year of the popular Berg’n beer hall and 1000 Dean St. hosting the Brooklyn Flea in the winter.

It’s three blocks to A and C trains at the Clinton-Washington station as well as to the Franklin Avenue shuttle.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “I think it’s a good investment and will get better in time as energy prices go up and air quality goes down,” Todd said.

227 E. Seventh St., Garden Unit, East Village
2 Bedrooms/2 Baths
Approximately 1,670 square feet
$1.8 million
Common Charges: $712 per month
Real Estate Taxes: $768 per month
Open House: Sunday, Feb. 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

Lowdown: This new build “on one of the best streets in the East Village” is move-in ready, said Ariel Tirosh of Douglas Elliman, and it’s the last of six units available.

“It was designed to blend into the street and not stand out like a glass monster, so it has kind of a classic look rather than contemporary,” Tirosh said.

The 700-square-foot private yard, which can be reached from both the upper-level master bedroom and the lower level, sets this unit apart from the others. The lower level also has its own separate entrance, Tirosh said, which is handy if using the recreation space for entertaining.

The front of the unit gets light from the large windows in the south-facing living room; the lower level has a skylight. The kitchen includes a Wolf range and Bosch dishwasher. There’s also a Bosch washer and dryer and central A/C.

Location: The building is located between Avenues B and C in the heart of the East Village and its numerous bar, shops and restaurants. Tompkins Square Park is down the street. The closest subway is the F with an entrance at First Avenue and Houston Street.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s bright and open, and the downstairs is great for kids or as an entertainment space,” Tirosh said. “It’s also time to get ready for spring, and the backyard is awesome.”