The townhouse is one type of NYC real estate that seems impossibly out of reach of most first-time buyers. But there are a few specimens in Brooklyn under the $1 million threshold. We hunted down five of our favorites. Buyer beware: some of these aren't exactly move-in ready.
Address: Somewhere on Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens (shown above)
Vitals: 4BR, 1.5BA, 3 decorative fireplaces
The Skinny: Only one room in this place appears to have been recently renovated?the full bathroom?and, well, there's only one full bathroom. But the glass-enclosed front porch earns this one some bonus points.
?Address: 16 Hunts Lane in Brooklyn Heights
Vitals: 1BR, 2BA 700 square feet
The Skinny: We've seen this one before, but we still think it's cute. The carriage house, with just one bedroom and a home office in 700 square feet, doesn't offer much room to grow. But that's why they call it a starter home, right? Or, in this particular listing, a "perfect pied-a-terre for world travellers, or a fantastic guest house for someone already living in the neighborhood." That's the life.
?Address: 5 Reeve Place in Windsor Terrace
Vitals: 3BR, 1.5BA
The Skinny: The exterior might not excite, but the interior has charm and history on its side?the house was built in the 1870s, making it, according to the brokerbabble, one of the oldest houses in Windsor Terrace. Those interior details include "original mantles, gorgeous cherrywood floors, built-in china closet and original stained glass skylight." And there's a koi pond in the back yard.
?Address: 449 50th Street in Sunset Park
Vitals: 6BR, 4BA, 2,820 square feet (multi-family)
The Skinny: This one's a two-family brownstone, with a duplex up top and a separate garden apartment with renovated kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Each unit has appeal as a residence, so we'd vote for living in one, renting out the other, and switching when it strikes your fancy.
?Address: 141 Clermont Avenue in Fort Greene
Vitals: 1,324 square feet
The Skinny: This house might be a borderline first-time buyer pick, since the listing hints at the work it might need: "The quaint interior has the original wide plank floors. Currently 1,324 square feet, this property has significant room for expansion." Still, the pre-Civil War construction date wins the buyer bragging rights, and there are front and back gardens. There's only one photo on the listing, but here's the floorplan: