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Would You Rather Buy a New Condo or Old House in Bed-Stuy?

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Imagine you have around $1,200,000 to spend on a place and you've narrowed it down to two apartments. How do you make up your mind? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch.



























Address: 170 Putnam Avenue #A/ 474 MacDonough Street
Price: $1,150,000 $1,195,000
Monthly Costs: $821 $300
Square Footage: 1,954 2,502
Beds, Baths: 2, 1.5 4, 2


↑ These places are as different as two listings can be. The condo, at 170 Putnam Avenue on the West side of Bed-Stuy, is sleek and minimal with recessed lighting. A garden duplex, its outdoor space comes in the form of a private patio with a tiny little lawn.


474 MacDonough Street, on the other hand, is a century-old brownstone with tons of original details. Currently two units, it would likely require some updating, but appears to be in pretty good shape overall. It also has a similar amount of outdoor space.

Poll results

· Listing: 170 Putnam Avenue #A [Corcoran]
· Listing: 474 MacDonough Street [Brown Harris Stevens]
· Real Estate Deathmatch archives [Curbed]