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This Weekend’s Open House Picks


34 Crooke Avenue

We’ve rounded up some of the more interesting open houses happening in and around Ditmas Park this Sunday. Any thoughts on these places?

385 E 18th Street #5L
List Price: $249,000
Size: Studio
Details: Located just off Cortelyou Road, this pre-war studio seems bright and sunny, and we’re liking the separate dining area. The pre-war details (like the built-in bookshelf) are lovely, and there’s a common laundry space and a live-in super. Still, there’s not much storage space – and there’s a fee if you want to store stuff in the building. It’s hard to beat the location, being right by all the shopping and dining on Cortelyou – as well as the Q subway stop. What do you all think of the $249K asking price?
Open House: Sunday, August 10 from 2:30pm to 4pm

1735 Caton Avenue #6A
List Price: $489,000
Size: Two bedrooms, one bath
Details: This south-facing two-bedroom condo looks like it gets a good amount of sunlight, and there’s bamboo hardwood flooring and a balcony. We’re liking the open living area (which leads to the balcony), and the master bedroom has a full bathroom – a plus for sure. We’re not sure how to judge the second bedroom – looks like it could be on the small side. The space is on the Caton Court Condominium – a 24-unit, elevator building that was built in 2007 and has a common laundry room and common roof deck. You’re located just by the Prospect Park Parade Grounds and are a couple blocks from the B/Q subway station, shopping, and restaurants on Church Avenue. And, if you feel like a relatively short walk, you can easily get to Flatbush Avenue and Cortelyou Road.
Open House: Sunday, August 10 from 3pm to 4pm

34 Crooke Avenue #4B
List Price: $599,000
Size: Two-bedroom, two-bathroom
Details: This two-bedroom apartment is in the Alvora condos, a relatively new building that opened in 2009 and is located just by Prospect Park’s Parade Grounds. If the photos can be trusted, the place looks like it gets tons of natural light – plus there are hardwood floors and high ceilings, as well as a kitchen with a dishwasher and an elevator in the building. The master bedroom has its own bathroom, and there’s a second full bathroom in the hall. The on-site amenities sound pretty sweet – there’s a fitness center and a residents lounge with a common roof deck offering views of the park and the Manhattan skyline. The Church Avenue B/Q subway stop is a couple blocks away – which means you’re also a short walk from the shops and restaurants on Church Ave. Plus, you’re one subway stop, or about a 15-20 minute walk, from the shopping and dining on Cortelyou Road. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this place, considering it’s about $110,000 more than another two-bedroom two-bathroom in the same area.
Open House: Sunday, August 10 from 12pm to 1:30pm.

Next week:

870 Ocean Avenue
List Price: $1.9 million
Size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms
Details: This open house is next week, we know, but we’ll be doing our rental roundup next Friday and wanted to get your thoughts on the pretty big price drop for this house. It has been on the market for a while, and when we picked out its open house in April, it was listed at $2.3 million. The landmarked home is massive and about a billion times larger than our apartment, with three floors, 14 rooms, five bedrooms and six bathrooms – two full ones and four halves. There’s a foyer with a grand staircase – and the details! There’s stained glass windows and doors, coffered ceilings, dentil molding, and so on. Also, the listing notes that “the north wing” (let’s repeat that – you’d have…wings) has a living room, formal dining room, and a kitchen. There’s a fireplace, an open rec room, a detached two-car garage, and more. Now that the price has dropped, do you think it will sell?
Open House: Sunday, August 17 from 2:30-3:30pm

Photo via Trulia

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  1. They need to keep price chopping on Ocean Avenue. It’s a big house, but a weird layout, and a sub-par location.

  2. I love the house, but I lived on that intersection and would not care to own there, particularly not if I had the means to buy a million dollar home, because there would be so many other options.

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