Weekend open house snooping is a time-honored tradition. We periodically check in on random open houses around the city, just to stay sharp.
The Event: A rare Saturday open house, at 214A St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn
Who Was There: Prospective buyers with development on the mind. Not a preservationist crowd.
In the Air: Serious concern for the impending storm...and where would be open for brunch in case of an emergency.
Overheard: "I hope no one snaps this up before the storm hits. Let's run to Trader Joe's and think about this."
Pros: Huge backyard, open first-floor layout, and spacious bedrooms.
Cons: Bathrooms and kitchen could use some updating, semi-atrocious Halloween decorations at the townhouse next door.
A three-bedroom townhouse on St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights is on the market for $1.89 million. The three-story plus basement home has some unique quirks—including a large crystal chandelier, fireplaces in almost every room, skylights over the upstairs bathroom and the staircase, and a humungo backyard. The townhouse is being marketed to highlight its potential for expansion—the extra deep lot allows for rare building space for the neighborhood. Or use the backyard space to build a single-lane swimming pool, cat amusement park, or a 'Lost'-esque utopia. Up to you. Oh, and did we mention there's a small door under the stairway that may or may serve as a Harry Potter-cupboard-under-the-stairs-bedroom? See photo above.
The townhouse is located on a semi-noisy block, and the master bedroom faces a church located across the street. It's charming and has the ideal look of a Brooklyn townhouse. Pretty great location, near trains (B,Q, 2/3), Prospect Park, not far the glorious Barclay's Center, and all those new gentrified coffee shops and vintage stores. Fineeee, twist our arm, we'll take it.