Category Archives: real estate

NabeWise Profiles CH

A website called recently contacted me about their site, which helps New Yorkers (and people in a few other cities) find the right neighborhood for them.  Of course, I looked up Clinton Hill to see what it had to say:

Clinton Hill is home to the Pratt Institute and beautiful late 19th century mansions. The area is a mecca for students, creatives, and families seeking a more affordable alternative to Manhattan, or even from neighboring Fort Greene. Home to brownstone-restoration enthusiasts, Clinton Hill is also celebrated for an ever increasing number of foodie restaurants and independent boutiques.

According to the page, the neighborhood is good for empty nesters, singles and families.   Site users who live in CH also identified the neighborhood as having: students, gay/lesbians, liberals, hipsters and “beautiful people.”

It ranks other neighborhood characteristics such as cleanliness (“somewhat clean”), community (“strong”), and hip factor (“very trendy”).  If you play FourSquare, it also lists the most popular venues for check-ins (Choice and Mike’s).  It also displays transit options, an area map, and adjacent neighborhoods.

The photos on the site are pretty captivating, and it’s fun to see how the nabe compares to other neighborhoods in NYC.  What do you think of the site’s presentation of Clinton Hill?  Leave a comment or review that reflects your experience!

One complaint: the site creates a new neighborhood near the Navy Yard called “Navy Hill.”  That’s news to me.  Last I checked it was Wallabout.

Building on Top of Associated

Brownstoner recently posted plans that show the design for the Associated buildout (buildup?) on Waverly Ave.  For some reason, I don’t recall hearing about this before, and it looks pretty interesting.  I do hope the plan includes a few renovations of the market itself, although overall it’s not bad.  They have definitely upped their selection of goods since I moved nearby in 2004 and the staff is super friendly.

The footprint of all of the businesses on the block are interesting – they all have an enormous amount of space (as seen from above in the co-ops), but some of the storefronts are super tiny inside.

Want to Open a Local Business? View Local Available Storefronts!

Are you looking to open a business locally?  Join Pratt Area Community Council this weekend as they give tours of vacant storefront space:

presented by Pratt Area Community Council, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, in partnership with FAB Alliance BID, Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, NYC Business Solutions, and NYC Small Business Services

Welcome Reception and Breakfast
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Bed-Stuy Restoration
1368 Fulton Street, Between New York and Brooklyn

10:30am Breakfast Reception | 11-12pm info session
12-4pm self OR guided tour provided by Molly the Trolley

Maps and Property Info
Pick up the list of vacancies at two starting points:

*Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Area*
for info on vacancies between Flatbush and Bedford, pick up listings at
PACC’s Fulton Street Office:
(between Washington and Waverly Avenues)
347-823-5700 EXT. 16

*Bedford-Stuyvesant Area*
for info on vacancies between Bedford and Troy, pick up listings at
Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza:
(between New York and Brooklyn Avenues)

My Favorite Haunted House: Finally For Sale

When I first moved to the neighborhood, almost the entire row of houses on the east side of Waverly between Greene and Gates were boarded up.  Now, just one remains.  It’s long been a favorite of mine, as I watched its neighbors get redone and once again become beautiful homes.

Now, this last shell standing is for sale, through Brooklyn Properties.


This purchase is not for someone looking to move right in.  The listing states:

Shell property in Historic Clinton Hill for sale
by auction on November 12, 2:30 pm in
Judge Betsy Barros’ Chambers, State
Supreme Court, 360 Adames St.
Part 76G, room 575,
Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Requirement: Buyer must be prepared to
make immediate emergency repairs to back
wall and roof. Both DOB and LPC are
prepared to expedite permits for repairs.

Price: $450,000

I hope someone will give this place the love it needs.

Teen Challenge House on the Market

Received a tip this morning about the mysterious mansion on Clinton between Lafayette and Greene – there’s a huge for sale sign in the front!

Brownstoner is reporting that the building is listed at $5.5 million and comes with a carriage house on Vanderbilt.  (He also has some cool history on the building as well.)

So why is Teen Challenge selling this gorgeous place?  Where are they moving the female residents?

Condos on Clinton

When I first moved to the neighborhood, this brownstone (Clinton bt Fulton and Gates) was not in the best shape.  That big bay window in the front was covered up by various doors (anyone remember this??) and the whole place itself looked pretty crumbly.

Now it’s condos, though I can’t find a single bit of info on this place online.

Haunted Mansion For Sale!!


Everyone’s favorite Haunted Mansion in Clinton Hill has been put up for sale!!!  Rumor has it that the owner has lived here for years without electricity and heat.  The yard is always overgrown, but there’s always a nice selection of planters on the balcony.

Brownstoner has more history and info.  Apparently the place is going to need a complete gut renovation on the inside.  And at $3.995M, that seems a little steep.  Who has the cash for something like this?

Can’t wait for an open house.

Intriguing Loft Condos

There’s a lot of action up on Grand between Myrtle and Park. Most intriguing is the “Retro Loft.”

Unlike the other stuff flying up nearby, this building was already here and is being repurposed.

Directly across the street, we have this dorm-like building with a wonky awning and a nice parking lot:

What do these places look like on the inside???

(Brownstoner coverage here!)