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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.

Two Bedroom Co-Op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $339,000
Viewing: August 31, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: 2626 Homecrest Avenue
Description: There’s a lot of closet space and the kitchen, while not huge, can hold a small table with chairs for those lonely meals.
Contact: Viktoria Dubrynskaya, (347) 251-4343

A Ranch Home With a White Picket Fence in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $309,000
Viewing: September 7, 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
Location: 3800 Brown Street
Description: The realtor asks why live under the rules of a Co-Op when there are places like this on the market? This two bedroom abode is technically its own individual house but the inside is much like a Co-Op. Mainly, small and cramped. But that’s the price you pay for liberation.
Contact: Anthony Alotta, Fillmore, (718) 253-4040

Three Bedroom Condo in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $499,000
Viewing: August 30, 11 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Location: 3814 Shore Parkway
Description: All of the rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated. There’s even a few different colors on the walls. Let’s just hope that if you buy this three bedroom condo they don’t remove it all (and rip down the walls) and say, “just kidding, nothing in this country is free.” That’s what dad would do.
Contact: Evelyn Seales, NY Missions R E Brokerage,  (631) 816-6053

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137A W End Ave # 5, Brooklyn, NY 11235

(Source: Bright Horizons)

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

Three Bedroom Penthouse Condo in Manhattan Beach
Price: $1,075,000
Viewing: August 17, 12 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: West End Avenue
Description: There are more terraces than bedrooms. Also, the elevator opens directly into the apartment so, if you’d like, think of the elevator as another room, or perhaps a mobile walk-in closet.
Contact: Katherine Pontone, Bright Horizons, (718) 615-3054

Two Family Home in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $679,000
Viewing: August 17, 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1950 East 24th Street
Description: This house is “detached” and also has a “detached” garage. What was this house once attached to and who felt the need to remove it? Perhaps, the realtor means that the house and garage are emotionally detached and therefore cool headed. Having anthropomorphized this house enough, go check it out this Sunday.
Contact: Pepe Real Estate, (718) 475-6817

Two Floor House in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $1,299,000
Viewing: August 17, 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1760 East 19th Street
Description: The basement is semi-finished and the second floor is “a 3 or 4 bedroom duplex.” What’s with the flip-flopping? Mid-term elections aren’t upon us yet so I say there’s no reason for that kind of behavior. The attic has one lone bed with windows behind it, lending it a very royal atmosphere.
Contact: Lucy Ciocia, Fillmore, (917) 746-5226

Two Bedroom Condo in Gravesend
Price: $387,000
Viewing: All weekend, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 526 Avenue Z
Description: Do you wish to own property but are too attached to living extremely close to strangers and walking up several flights of stairs? Well then you can own this thing called a condo and it’s basically buying property that doesn’t actually touch the ground. There are two bathrooms and a balcony sprawled across 1,021 square feet.
Contact: Angela Friedman, Fillmore, (917) 916-4418

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A new premier, luxury, incredible, modern, state-of-the-art condominium development is headed to 3041 Ocean Avenue, between Voorhies Avenue and Jerome Avenue.

The former site of a medical center (minus one of those, natch), fencing went up at the site a few weeks ago, and a fancy-shmancy rendering of the site has been posted.

And, all my broker-babble derision aside, it actually looks pretty nice.

The Department of Buildings approved the plan on March 17. It’ll feature nine floors in all. The top seven stories will be home to 40-units (six on six of the floors, four on the top floor).

If you’re thinking, “Oh, great, I bet there’ll be a medical office on the first two floors,” well, you’re wrong. It looks like this developer is actually paying attention to the fact that they’re in a flood zone, and the ground level floor will be used for a lobby and garage for 30 cars and 20 bicycles, with flood-proofed storage space.

The second floor will have parking for 27 cars (including dedicated handicapped spots). This is where they’ll also be putting the mechanical equipment and boilers to protect them from potential flooding.

For those keeping track, that’s 40 units and 57 parking spaces, plus parking for 20 bicycles. Zoning for this lot requires only 20 parking spaces. So, yes, someone in this neighborhood actually put more parking than is legally required! Hell hath frozen over!

Moving on, the roof will not be dormant. The plans call for an “outdoor recreation area.”

The new owner, an LLC connected to local entrepreneur Sergey Rybak (one of the partners in the $20 million MatchPoint NYC sports development on Shell Road), bought the 12,650 square-foot lot in September 2013 for $4.1 million.

It’s too soon to say how much units here might cost. A note on the sign said more information will become available in September 2014.



Rendering of the completed development.

We’ve written before about Brighton Beach’s Bright ‘N Green development, a sustainable residential development with state-of-the-art green design.

The eco-friendly building at 67 Brighton First Lane was approaching completion last fall, and the six units ranging in price from $325,00 to $850,000 hit the market in November.

No one has bought one yet, but the building has drawn the eyes of environmentalists, who are praising it for its net positive design, meaning it will actually sell energy back into the grid. It also has a number of other features, like an independent sewage system that composts human waste for the gardens outside, massive solar panels, sustainable and recycled materials and more – while not sacrificing luxury.

The features have earned it certification for LEED, EPA, four Green Globes and other honors for environmental design. It’s currently in the running for Living Building certification, the most extreme building standard in the nation, and if it earns it Bright ‘N Green will be the first multifamily development in the country to do so.

But while such things might normally attract endless chatter in the design and environmental cliques, it’s the developer himself who has tongues wagging.

As we’ve noted before, Robert Scarano isn’t the most reputable character in New York City real estate. A decade ago, the architect was banned by the Department of Buildings for submitting false and misleading paperwork, and he spurred a crackdown on and reforms of the self-certification process. He became the poster child for abuses in over-development and the Building Department’s lax oversight.

The Daily News recently toured the development with Scarano, and depicted him as a brash egomaniac determined to reinvent himself as an eco-warrior.

Here are a few choice quotes from the piece:

  • “The air in this building is better than the air in a Columbia-Presbyterian surgical suite,” Scarano boasted on a recent tour. “The water is like if you put a spoon in the Catskill reserves.”
  • “It’ll look like that National Geographic documentary about what would happen if the people left and all the plants took over,” Scarano joked. “It’s totally different than the projects I used to do.”
  • Scarano said the hullaballoo was merely a matter of interpretation of the zoning law … “Quite frankly, I said I did nothing wrong, but I guess I must have done something wrong to be vilified like that,” Scarano says today.
  • With that gleam in his eye, Scarano is proud to show off [the sewage composting] technology, opening the lid and declaring, “That’s the worker doo-doo by the way.” Next, in a moment of TMI, he declares: “I got the honor of christening it!

With the units having been on the market for five months without a sale (and, in fact, an increase in price), we’ll be keeping an eye on these units in an area less than well known for environmental consciousness. And once people move in, we’re eager to find out just how well those systems hold up.

Rendering of the interior of one of the one bedroom lofts.


The description, presented without comment:

Have the sensation of being in a calm suburb with the luxury of a private beach, while still being in New York City. Think Gatsby, but even closer to downtown Manhattan.

Located in an exclusive part of Brooklyn, this one-family house on Manhattan Beach is a not-so-hidden treasure. Surrounded by palaces, the restricted, up-market neighborhood has both a country club feel with tennis courts and a peaceful beach area, and maintains the charm of New York’s trendiest borough.

Okay, not entirely without comment. I’ll give you Curbed’s comment. You read that, people in a certain condominium complex that isn’t Lake-a or Sea-a? It’s Curbed’s comment. Not mine.

It may not be as blatantly blinged-out as our favorite controversy-tinged mansion in the similarly Russian neighborhood of Mill Basin, but there is the somewhat funky typical interior design decision of a giant flatscreen TV flanked by two classical-style statues.

Curbed writers must be petty, jealous people and live filthy, trashy peasant lives.

Them, not me.

Oh, yeah, asking price for this house at 925 Hampton Avenue is $1,872,000. Check out the listing for details.







The bungalow communities near Emmons Avenue provides a glimpse into how people in Sheepshead Bay – along with much of coastal Southern Brooklyn – used to live when development first began coming to the resort destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The small waterfront homes were built for summer stays, and later became year-round homes as Sheepshead Bay became more residential.

Greenlawn Bungalow Colony on Emmons Avenue near Batchelder Street remains one of the largest intact examples in Brooklyn of how the area looked, still sporting landscaped walkways in front of the homes. We’re told it’s also one of the oldest in the area, and may have led the way in cooperative ownership, where homeowners owned a stake in the land like today’s co-op apartments.

Greenlawn, though, was one of the worst hit colonies by Superstorm Sandy, as we reported back in November 2012. Several houses were destroyed or severely damaged. Now, 22 of the bungalows are being sold for prices ranging from $250,000 to $600,000, according to the Edward Re, who is representing the property.

Re is selling the bungalows on behalf of Realty Finance Trust. Before Sandy, most of the bungalows were being rented out with the option of buying it. But after the storm, owners and tenants were left with a repair bill they didn’t want to pay for.

Waterfront activists concerned that the property might be sold to developers, who could tear down the homes and block out views of the waterfront, might take relief that the broker is hoping to preserve the properties.

“You would be buying the shell of a bungalow,” Re said. “We’re interested in finding people that want to restore the bungalow community.”

Re noted that the bungalows get interest from local business owners who want a summer home but can’t run off to another state because of the constant demands of running a small business.

But for the asking price you actually get more than a shell. Each cottage has water rights, known as riparian water rights for all you real estate geeks, to the Bay. The owner of a bungalow also has access to a communal bungalow with a cabaret license, he said.

“It’s like the old world,” Re said.


The following is a paid announcement from Dom Realty Broker .





The large, two-family home at 2802 Avenue Y is a semi-detached corner property with great sun exposure. It has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. The house has a great open floor plan with lots of windows. The large master bedroom has a walk-in closet and Jacuzzi bath. The home is made complete with a large deck, perfect for barbecues and entertaining guests.

The newly renovated property includes a one bedroom apartment perfect for renting, an investment estimated to begin bringing in $1500 a month right away. The house also has a two car garage plus driveway space. A video surveillance system and backup generator will let you sleep knowing you’re safe and prepared for anything.

Interior features

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Large kitchen
  • Dining area
  • Spacious living room
  • Laundry room

 Exterior features

  • 2 car garage
  • Big terrace
  • Video surveillance system
  • Backup generator

Asking Price: $998,000

For more information about this home please contact: Boris Rudoy at Dom Realty Broker. Call (718) 407-6366 or e-mail Visit for more listings from Dom Realty. You can view more photos of the home here.


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If you happen to be in a contest that measures who is the city’s greatest yuppie, plopping down $795,000 on a freshly completed Bright N’ Green condo unit (67 Brighton First Lane) might score you some huge points in your quest. Well, except for the fact that you’re in Brighton Beach, and not Park Slope.

According to a press release, the futuristic and environmentally-conscious pads are finally ready to take in owners looking to enjoy the luxuries of solar panels, wind turbines and insulated panel walls. The $795,000 price is for a two-bedroom loft with outdoor space, and prices go down as low as $295,000 for a studio. There are six units in total.

As we previously reported, the eco-friendly building was developed by Robert Scarano, an architect once banned by the Department of Buildings for submitting false and misleading paperwork. Despite Scarano’s sketchy reputation, the new building does seem very impressive, featuring the aforementioned solar panels, wind turbines on the roof and also a geothermic-based heating and air conditioning system.

If you are interested into moving into this novel new structure, the press release laid out the amenities:

The environmentally-friendly building has four duplex lofts and two flats, all with clean lines, contemporary finishes and recycled wood floors. The apartments’ light-maximizing windows are composed of triple-glazed Krypton-filled solar thermal treated glass and installed inside double-sealed, air-tight insulated window frames. Kitchens feature custom-designed, blond-wood cabinetry with state-of-the-art electric appliances, including super-efficient induction cook-tops. The porcelain-clad bathrooms have stainless-steel hardware and dual flush, low-flow toilets. In addition, each unit has a combination washing machine and dryer. Building amenities include a bicycle room accommodating up to two bicycles per apartment, and furnished, landscaped roof deck with hot tub, barbeque, birdhouses for migratory species, and ocean views. All apartments, public spaces, mechanical rooms and commercial spaces are supplied with energy-efficient LED lighting.

Scarano himself expressed his belief that the building is competitive with market rates and will be a boon to the community of Brighton Beach.

“The timing is perfect for a market launch because our asking prices are better than competitive and the environmental benefits of this building are unparalleled. We’ve created an apartment mix that spans starter to family-size to ensure a community-oriented building. We even plan to lease the 1,000-square-foot, ground-level commercial space to a progressive type of tenant such as a yoga center or preschool, to benefit the neighborhood, overall,” Scarano said in the release.

They had me at triple-glazed Krypton-filled solar thermal treated glass. Good luck trying to arrest me now, Superman. Mwahaha!

Photos of the units have been hard to come by, but we did find this interior rendering thrown into a very fast-moving animation on their website. It kind of reminded me of one of the proposed New York City micro apartments.


Wealth is meaningless unless you own what appears to be your own “Danaë and the Shower of Gold”… a.k.a. old school pinups.

I was perusing Zillow last night for no real reason when I stumbled upon this little palace in Manhattan Beach, now on the market for the low, low price of $3.3 million.

This 5,000-square-foot single family home features six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. It sits on a mammoth lot of 6,011 square feet, so there’s some private yard space for you to gaze upon from your balcony while you ponder on what new things you can jam marble or trim with gold.

The house has been on the market for nearly three months and hasn’t dropped in price. Here’s the description from the broker, Alex Bragynsky:

Homes of this caliber rarely come to market. Young brick beauty is the most exciting property to hit the market in years it is the real harmony of grandness and comfort! Nestled on a coveted street just steps to the Ocean Beach and park! This ultra luxurious 3-story + basement residence with a gated entrance sits on a 6,000 SF property. Indulge in your own outdoor paradise with a gorgeous landscaped garden with a fontan, summer kitchen with grill and more. Boasting a 5000-SF interior with 6 bedrooms & 5 baths, this magnificent sunny and airy home features the finest finishes! The double-height living wows you, entertain in the living room with unique fireplace, dining room and chef’s kitchen, 2 sfabulous master suites with an ensuite baths and franch balconies. Enjoy of huge terrace, play area & jacuzzi

If $3.3 million sounds like a lot to you, well, actually, it’s not for Manhattan Beach, historically speaking. In the two years before Superstorm Sandy, several homes sold for between $2 million and $3.5 million.

However, that was before the flood. It’s the highest price tag on the market in Manhattan Beach since that fateful October day in 2012. Even if it was slashed by more than a million dollars, it would remain the highest sell since the storm. The current record holder is this home at 183 Girard Street, which sold in March for $1.98 million.

Anyway, Mr. Bragynsky has not disclosed the address of the house. But that’s no fun. We want to go get a peek at the outside, because that’s where we’re told beauty really lies. On the outside.

If you know where this house is, let us know.

More opulence to be has’d after the jump.

The ex-wife of a Russian minerals baron is putting her Mill Basin mansion (2458 National Drive) on the market for the reasonable asking price of $30 million. The New York Daily News is reporting that the asking price would make the mansion the most expensive home ever in Brooklyn.

The owner of this gaudy palace is Galina Anisimova, a woman once married to Russia’s 38th richest man. Anisimova’s property covers an expansive 23,000 feet, with 257 feet overlooking Jamaica Bay. It features 10 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, four kitchens and a dock that can hold 12 boats.

The broker of the home, James Cornell, noted that Anisimova spent $30 million transforming the mansion into what it is today after buying it for $3 million in 1996. The Daily News described other amenities featured in the home as well as its shady past:

Perfection includes garage space for seven cars, a circular meditation room inscribed with signs of the Zodiac and a 1,000-square-foot outdoor pool — larger than many Brooklyn apartments — beside which sits a gigantic gazebo with room for 50 guests.

The main house was built in the early 1990s by John Rosatti, a Brooklyn car dealership king and serial entrepreneur with reputed ties to the mob.

The house was his dream home until he sold it to Anissimova for $3 million in 1996 (a large sum at the time) following a six-figure lawsuit brought by state environmental regulators. The dock was built over protected wetlands, according to reports.

Famed appraiser Jonathan Miller summed up his reaction to the ridiculous asking price and his overall thoughts on the property to the Daily News:

“There’s actually an industry term for this, a ‘why me property,’ because when you show up, you ask yourself, ‘Why me?’” he said.

Miller said the property would be more at home in Fort Lauderdale than New York. “It almost looks like they floated it up here on a barge,” he said.


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