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Looking for a new place to call home (with your growing family or multiple roommates)? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup showcases some of the deals on the market now–and this week, we’re focusing on local three and four bedroom apartments. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Three Bedroom with Outdoor Space
Price: $1,950, plus broker fee
Location: 2650 East 28th Street (near Voorhies Avenue)
Description: At $650 per roommate split evenly, this place for three will be the kindest on your bank account of all our listings this week. It’s got an extra half bath so you won’t have to get your pee dance on point, plus there’s a “huge private terrace” and pets are allowed on approval.
Contact: Listed by Awaye Realty, 718-488-0800

Sleek No Fee Three Bed
Price: $2,500, no broker fee
Location: Brighton 12th Street and Ocean View Avenue
Description: This one will hit your pocket harder per month than the apartment above, and it lacks that extra half bath and outdoor space–but photos of a comparable unit show it’s significantly fancier and more modern, and more importantly, it’s broker fee-free. And damn, those kitchen counters. Damn.
Contact: Listed by Town Residential’s Evgeny Pyatibratov, 212-470-8463

No Fee Four/Two Place
Price: $2,700, no broker fee
Location: East 3rd Street between Avenues W and X
Description: Another no fee apartment! What is this, Texas? This one houses four, and has two full baths to keep all tenants comfortable and on time to work in the morning–or at least, if you’re late for some reason other than “Mike was singing ‘Let It Go’ in the shower again for 55 minutes and I couldn’t get to the sink,” then it’s your fault. Okay, it might be the MTA’s fault.
Contact: Listed by Douglas Elliman’s  Jack Chiu, 917-375-7181

Three Beds Plus in a House
Price: $3,100, plus broker fee
Location: 2366 East 5th Street (near Angela Drive)
Description: It’s a little hard to swallow three bedrooms with a fee for $400 more than the above, fee-free four bed, but if you could use a basement, garage, outdoor space, and killer kitchen, this place might be the answer to your prayers. Its current price already reflects a reduction–but as it’s been on the market for about three and a half months, it couldn’t hurt to ask for more.
Contact: Listed by Douglas Elliman’s Valentin Landau, 718-473-2363

The Vitagraph smokestack (Source: Lisanne Anderson)

The Vitagraph smokestack (Source: Lisanne Anderson)

Preservationists have been bracing themselves for news of the Vitagraph smokestack’s fate ever since scaffolding was placed around it in October. Now the developer who owns the 1263 East 14th Street property has filed plans to construct a new eight-story residential building with 302-units.

Sheepshead Bites was the first to report that Hampshire Properties purchased the 107-year-old smokestack and adjoining lot, currently occupied by the Shulamith School for Girls, for $20 million. No plans for construction were immediately filed.

That paperwork went in on Friday, as YIMBY reports:

Woods Bagot is listed as the architect…  Renderings for 1263 East 14th Street have not yet been released, but at first glance, its prospects would appear promising.

Hampshire Properties is listed as the developer, and the residential zoning area will measure 277,406 square feet. The property has an alternate address of 1277 Locust Avenue, and is currently occupied by an 85,000 square foot school that must first be demolished.

The building will be 80 feet fall, covering 64 percent of the lot, according to DOB filings. There will be enclosed attendant parking for 152 cars, the minimum required by zoning. There will also be parking for 153 bicycles.

Documents show that there will be a fitness room, meeting room, lounge with reading and children’s spaces, an outdoor recreation area, a tenant business center and a multi-purpose room.

There will be no commercial space in the new development. It’s not clear if the units will be condos, rentals or a mix of the two.

The plans are still pending review by the Department of Buildings, and no permits for demolition have been filed.

Hampshire Properties, is a Midwood-based manager and developer of residential and commercial properties, including several in Midwood, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach.

When scaffolding was erected around the smokestack earlier this year, preservationists were concerned it would be demolished. A petition started by neighbors currently has 534 signatures.

More than a century old, it’s one of the last symbols of Midwood’s film production history. Vitagraph was a leading silent film company based out of the building now set to be demolished. It was purchased by Warner Brothers in 1925, and later NBC, which also used the more modern facility across East 14th Street until the early years of the 21st Century.

The former Vitagraph facility was repurposed by Yeshiva University in 1967.

Attempts to landmark the smokestack, which sits at the northeast corner of the former studio and on which the Vitagraph emblem is still visible to subway straphangers, have previously failed to win approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Preliminary rendering of the new building to replace El Greco at 1801 Emmons Avenue. The view is from Emmons Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road. (Source: Sergey Rybak)

Preliminary rendering of the new building to replace El Greco at 1809 Emmons Avenue. The view is from Emmons Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road. (Source: Sergey Rybak)

EXCLUSIVE: A seven-story condominium building with ground-level retail, abundant parking and a 9,000-square-foot landscaped public plaza will soon be constructed at Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue, replacing El Greco Diner, the new owners told Sheepshead Bites in an exclusive interview.

Buyer Sergey Rybak detailed his preliminary plans following the $13 million sale of the 1809 Emmons Avenue property on Friday, which he purchased with partner Jason Reznik under the name 1809 Emmons Avenue LLC. Rybak’s company, Rybak Development, is overseeing construction.

Rybak Development already has a track record in the area. The company is part owner of the MatchPoint NYC sports complex on Shell Road, and is developing several luxury condominium projects in the area, including 3041 Ocean Avenue and 104 West End Avenue, as well as commercial projects like 1810 Voorhies Avenue. Their roster of developments is almost exclusively in Southern Brooklyn.

At the moment, all plans shared with Sheepshead Bites, including the plaza and the layout of the building, are subject to change. The final project, he hopes, will be as-of-right, meaning no approval from the Community Board or Board of Standards and Appeals will be required – but that can change, too.

See more renderings, and learn details of the plan for 1801 Emmons Avenue.

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This funhouse is proof that money can’t buy taste.

The Gravesend three-bedroom has been on the market for over three months. The Barbie pink exterior might have almost worked if the owners had considered sticking to one theme, but unfortunately, the inside is nothing short of an aesthetic nightmare. From the velour-covered kitchen stools to the checkered floors to the dizzying array of mirrors, the end result is Pee-wee’s Playhouse gone terribly wrong.

It’s a shame, because it’s clear that the owners invested a lot of money into the property. Here’s how the listing on Fillmore Realty describes it:

Very unique property, Mother-Daughter 2 -1 Family homes on one lot. Main house has finished basement with media room, wet bar, heated stone glass floor. A must see bathroom with shower, washer, dryer room & home office with a walk-in closet. 1st fl boasts14 ft ceilings, exposed wood beams, white wood floors in living-dining room, flowing into a brand new kitchen to die for. All high end appliances. Radiant heated floors in kitchen. Blue Bahia granite counter tops, Murano glass back splash, glass block walls, fireplace & Tuscany tumble tiles in bathroom. 2nd Fl has 2 bedrooms,14 ft ceilings exposed wood beams, tiger stripe wood floors & jacuzzi tub.

In addition, the home is rigged with a security system that can be monitored from your iPhone. Thank goodness for that, because if someone stole one of my several animal hide throws, I know I’d be devastated.

The asking price for the property is $899,000.

Here’s more photos of kitsch-tastic decor:

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Living dining room

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What do you think, dear readers? Can this home be saved?

h/t Curbed

All photos are from Fillmore Real Estate.

Update (December 17): The address has been removed from this article at the request of the homeowner.

Photo via Douglas Elliman

Photo via Douglas Elliman

As recent reports have confirmed, Brooklyn is becoming an increasingly difficult place to get your foot on the first rung of the real estate ladder. As such, we’ve rounded up some open houses happening in and around Sheepshead Bay this weekend for under $200,000–just keep an open mind, and consider the potential of each.

3105 Avenue V #6A
List Price: $109,999, $745 maintenance
Size: One bedroom, one bathroom
Details: As with a few of our listings today, this coop unit is just about bordering Marine Park and doesn’t offer excellent subway access, so it might be best if you have a vehicle. Beyond that, it’s a strong start: it’s the least expensive of our lot this week, and no renovations are necessary. Sleek and sunny, the only thing you’ll need to add is your furniture–and perhaps a stuffed animal, since no pets are allowed.
Open House: Sunday, December 14, 1-3pm

2140 Knapp Street #2B
List Price: $129,000, $865 maintenance
Size: Two bedrooms, one bathroom
Details: Here’s another place in somewhat decent shape–its walls and floors look well maintained, and its vintage bathroom floor tile is cool, too. The rest of the WC and the kitchen could definitely use some upgrades, though, but no worries–you’ll get to customize them as you see fit, and add some excellent resale value while you’re at it. The unit has been on the market for about four months as well, so we wonder if there’s some wiggle room in that already pretty good price.
Open House: Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, both 2-4pm

2425 Haring Street #6H
List Price: $149,000
Size: Two bedrooms, one bathroom
Details: With its outdated finishes and at least one room down to the studs, this little darling is in a pretty sad state; however, we can’t help but want to bring it back to life a bit. Like the last wonky-eared puppy left in the window, this place deserves love (or more specifically, decent hardwoods, solid wall colors, and a total kitchen overhaul), but its top floor corner unit status has us thinking the end result could be something wonderful.
Open House: Sunday, December 14, 1-3pm

3178 Nostrand Avenue # 6H
List Price: $169,000
Size: One bedroom, one bathroom
Details: Two #6Hs this week–fancy that! This one is in better shape than two of the three listings above, though it’s only a one bed (we’re just not seeing two beds in this shape at this price). The kitchen and bath could use cosmetic upgrades at some point, but they look passable for a while–and as the unit’s been on the market for over six months, you may be able to haggle and save for future renovations.
Open House: Sunday, December 14, 12:30-2:30pm

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Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup showcases some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Three Bed in a Midwood House (Sponsored)
Price: $2,375
Location: E 14th Street between Avenues O and P
Description: This gorgeous three-bed apartment (pictured above) has been recently renovated, with improvements including a custom kitchen with granite counters, two sinks, and all new appliances. Tenants can also enjoy hardwood floors, plenty of closet space, and a balcony, as well as a personal washer and dryer in the basement. Located in a multifamily home on a tree-lined street and just a block and a half from the B/Q at Kings Highway, this unit is perfect for raising a family! Good credit and proof of income are required.
Contact: Call 917-699-8341 or email midwoodbkapts@gmail.com–no brokers, please.

Studio by Avenue W
Price: $1,225
Location: East 3rd Street
Description: This studio looks all fresh and lovely, and has some really excellent window action happening with a double exposure (and great view) in the living area. Though the kitchen looks small, there’s apparently room for a table, plus there’s plenty of closet space and laundry in the basement, as well.
Contact: Listed by Rapid Realty’s Payal “Angel” Kaliandasani

A Bright Spot for Two
Price: $1,775
Location: Shore Parkway and East 13th Street
Description: This two bedroom steps from the Sheepshead Bay subway stop features some nice hardwoods and a very sparkly bathroom, as well as what looks like a roomier kitchen than in the listing above. The listing makes it clear this could be a good place for those with less than stellar credit–plus there’s reportedly a second two bed unit in the same building up for grabs, so you’ll have your pick.
Contact: Listed by Level Group’s Robert Collins, 347-247-9413

Duplex in an E 28th Street House
Price: $2,300
Location: Near Avenue S
Description: Maybe it’s all the furniture, but this place looks cushy. Between the newly renovated kitchen, the three (plus!) bedrooms, the in-unit laundry, and the private outdoor space, you should be living like royalty here–just be warned you might have to keep a horse-drawn carriage around to get to the subway.
Contact: Listed by Brownstone Listings’ Janet Guerra, 917-359-2064

If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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Contractors were seen installing scaffolding around the demolition site this morning.

Work to install scaffolding and fencing around 1524 Sheepshead Bay Road began this morning, as full demolition of the building is set to make way for a gated entryway to the 30-story luxury condominium tower at 1501 Voorhies Avenue.

Sheepshead Bites was the first to report on the planned demolition two months ago. An application for a demolition permit was filed in August, and the site passed its pre-demolition inspection just yesterday, according to Department of Buildings documents.

The storefront is part of a larger building, all owned by Muss Development, the company behind the Voorhies Avenue tower project, that spans four storefronts including Citibank. Only the one storefront is being demolished.

The building, once known as the Soeller Building, is nearly a century old, and we wrote about its interesting history previously.

The demolition makes way for a gated pedestrian entrance to the tentatively named Voorhies Tower, the 333-foot-tall development that will feature a mix of owned condos and rental units, with the former beginning at $700,000 for a one-bedroom. (See: video of the view from 333-feet above the development site.)

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The view from 333 feet above the development site.

Behind the gates will be a roundabout driveway leading in from Voorhies Avenue, a 52-space outdoor parking lot, and a 124-car garage that’s part of the building complex, according to local stakeholders that were invited to a closed-door briefing on the project who spoke to Sheepshead Bites in September on the condition of anonymity.

The stakeholders, after being briefed, maintained that they believe the 176 parking spots for 250 residential units plus office space will amplify parking problems in the area. There remain traffic concerns about the complex’s Voorhies Avenue driveway – which is just across the street from the Belt Parkway exit ramp, and which some believe will cause additional backups along the already congested route.

Muss commissioned an independent traffic analysis, which the Department of Transportation is currently reviewing to make potential adjustments to the plan.

The tower plans filed with the Department of Buildings for the tower are still pending review by the agency.

The approximately footprint of the combined properties now owned by Muss Development. (Source: Google Maps)

The approximately footprint of the combined properties now owned by Muss Development. (Source: Google Maps)

 

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(Source: Abacus Properties)

Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. If you’re house hunting, our open house roundup is a new feature to help you plan your weekend. And if you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

One Bedroom in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $130,000
Viewing: November 23, by appointment only
Location: 2711 Avenue X
Description: Are you looking for a dream home that you can build all your wants and desires in? Well, too bad. You’ll have to settle with a co-op. So why not this one? At least it has some natural light.
Contact: Jeff Surowska, Abacus Properties, (718) 284-4400

One Bedroom Co-op in Gravesend
Price: $295,000
Viewing: All weekend, 12pm – 2:00pm
Location: 526 Avenue Z
Description: You’re not just near a beach in this apartment, you’re near “historical Coney Island.” The hardwood floors aren’t just new, they’re glistening like those body-builders after being rubbed down with butter or whatever.
Contact: Angela Friedman, Fillmore Realty, (917) 916-4418

Two Bedroom Condo in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $619,000
Viewing: All weekend, 12pm – 2:00pm
Location: 2511 Ocean Avenue
Description: This building is so fancy that the indoor parking is heated (nice touch in this weather) and the building itself even has a name: Casa Bianco Condo. The place also has “Eastern exposure,” which either means great views of the sunrise or nasty looks everyday.
Contact: Loretta Nastasi-Rivera, Fillmore Realty, (718) 259-1600

Three Bedroom Condo in Brighton Beach
Price: $695,000
Viewing: November 9, 2pm – 4:00pm
Location: 2801 East 11th Street
Description: Here you only get the best in this “super condition” abode. Top of the line appliances, parquet floors, parking and an elevator. I say you buy the place and then strip it all and sell the goods.
Contact: Albert Wilk, Wilk Real Estate, (347) 377-0906

If you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

3205 Emmons Avenue (Source: Kings & Queens Apartments)

3205 Emmons Avenue (Source: Kings & Queens Apartments)

Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup showcases some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Three Bedrooms on Emmons Avenue
Price: $2,395
Location: 3205 Emmons Avenue
Description: “Located in the heart of Sheepshead Bay,” if the heart was where the public transit is a pain and shopping/dining is non-existent. But still, it’s by the water, appears to be pretty spacious and has a balcony and on-site parking.
Contact: Kings & Queens Apartments, (718) 575-4700, info@kingsqueensapts.com.

Studio on East 12th Street
Price: $1,225
Location: East 12th Street
Description: Under features and amenities, the only thing listed is “elevator.” Don’t try to sell us too hard, or anything.
Contact: Albert Attias, CitiHabitas, (917) 692-6628.

New to Market One Bedroom
Price: $1,550
Location: East 13th Street
Description: One bedroom. One bathroom. No one has ever lived there before, and there are laundry machines. Badabing.
Contact: Aaron Hillel, (718) 417-7000

(Source: Coldwell Banker)

Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. If you’re house hunting, our open house roundup is a new feature to help you plan your weekend. And if you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

One Bedroom Co-op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $359,000
Viewing: November 9, 2pm – 4:00pm
Location: 1652 Emmons Avenue
Description: This apartment faces the water on Emmons Avenue but the realtor seems to have confused this place for a “picturesque view.” He also seems to think there is “fresh air” somewhere in that area, but I’ve yet to find such a thing. The building has a name. It’s Viking.
Contact: Joann Rosatti, Coldwell Banker, (212) 517-9100 ext. 354

Two Bedroom Co-op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $239,000
Viewing: November 9, 2pm – 4:00pm
Location: 2650 East 13th Street
Description: The co-op is located in a building where all of the apartments are owned so you don’t have to deal with pesky tenants. The bedrooms are large and there is also a foyer. While the foyer may not be as useful as the bedrooms, it’s fun to say foyer.
Contact: Mohamed Mahmoud, Citi Star Realty, (917) 771-7064

One Bedroom Co-op in Brighton Beach
Price: $225,000
Viewing: November 9, 12pm – 2:00pm
Location: 3130 Brighton 6th Street
Description: This completely renovated mini-abode has a window in the bathroom, a real blessing. There’s also a sublease after two years.
Contact: Svetlana Borovskiy, High Class Realty, (347) 557-8712

One Bedroom Co-op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $235,000
Viewing: November 9, appointment only
Location: 3311 Shore Parkway
Description: This week seems to be Co-op heavy so in honor of that, here’s one more Co-op. But what makes this place stand out is a purple carpet.  There is also parking in the building but there’s a waiting list to get a spot.
Contact: Aleksandra Sankovich, Bond, (212) 792-9253

If you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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