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What do houses sell for in the Carroll Gardens Historic District?

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August 22, 2018 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Welcome to the Carroll Gardens Historic District, where rowhouses sell for more than $3 million apiece. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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People hold onto their wonderful rowhouses in the Carroll Gardens Historic District. Can you blame them?

You must be wondering how much the homes go for when they do get sold. We checked public records and found transaction prices of more than $3 million over the past couple years.

The district includes President Street and Carroll Street blocks between Smith and Hoyt streets plus portions of Smith Street and Hoyt Street between President Street and First Place or First Street.

These post-Civil War brownstones’ location within a landmarked district protects them from demolition. Owners cannot alter their exteriors without the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s permission.

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Smith Street rowhouses have storefronts

* The owner of 325 Smith St. on the corner of President Street is converting the rowhouse into a mixed-use building. It will have commercial space in the cellar and on the first floor and apartments on its second and third floors, city Buildings Department records indicate.

Previously, the property was purely residential.

The owner purchased the property for $3.26 million in 2014, Finance Department records show.

A historical note gleaned from the 1973 designation report about the Carroll Gardens Historic District: In the mid-1870s, the office of developer-builder William Bedell was next door at 327 Smith St. He constructed many of the houses in the historic district.

Bedell built the entire row of houses on the odd-numbered side of Smith Street from President to Carroll streets between 1872 and 1873.

* Neighboring 329 Smith St. sold for $3.2 million in 2016, Finance Department records show.

A restaurant called Nightingale Nine occupies this rowhouse’s ground-floor retail space.


Beautiful brownstones on President and Carroll streets

* In 2014, the brownstone at 330 President St. sold for $2.725 million, Finance Department records indicate.

The purchaser has converted the three-family house into a single-family home, Buildings Department filings show.

According to the landmarking report about the historic district, Chester Bedell and carpenter-architect Theodore Pearson constructed the house in 1883.

* A brick rowhouse at 346 Hoyt St. changed hands in 2017, Finance Department records show. The price was $3.045 million.

* In March, 259 Carroll St. sold for $3.2 million, Finance Department records show.

William Bedell built this brownstone in 1872 on land he bought from Hartford, Connecticut’s Phoenix National Bank, the historic-district designation report says.

Through these fenced-in flowers, you can catch a glimpse of 259 Carroll St., which changed hands in March.

* Also in March, 270 Carroll St. changed hands, Finance Department records indicate. The price was $3.45 million.

In June, the new owner filed a Buildings Department permit application to convert the four-family rowhouse into a single-family home.

According to the designation report, William Bedell constructed this brownstone with a mason named Edward Crane in 1873.

* Same builders, constructed the same year, but different address — 280 Carroll St.

This house sold in July for $3.275 million, Finance Department records show. The transaction was an estate sale.  



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