If you’re looking to buy in Brooklyn, consider Prospect Lefferts Gardens. This under-the-radar neighborhood along the eastern edge of Prospect Park has lots of great brownstones and a plethora of restaurants. And prices tend to be lower here than in other park-adjacent neighborhoods. Take, for example, our Deal of the Week: 135 Hawthorne St. #5A. This sprawling, sunny Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1BR has a ton of charm and a smart layout that includes a home office.
The Price: $499,000
The media asking price for a home in PLG is $875,000, according to the StreetEasy Data Dashboard. That puts our Deal of the Week at almost $400K below average for the neighborhood. The price is even more impressive when you factor in this place’s size: 935 square feet!
Buyers who put down the 20% minimum down payment of $99,800 can expect to see monthly payments of $2,457. This includes a mortgage payment of $1,757 and a maintenance fee of $700 — pretty low by NYC standards.
Why You’ll Love It…
Size matters! This Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1BR spans more than 900 square feet, spread out over multiple rooms and hallways. This is not the kind of place where you need to squish a dining and living area into one corner. In fact, there are two different, distinct areas that can be used for dining! That means one could become an office instead, without having to scrimp on space.
The bedroom is enormous: It can easily fit a king-sized bed, as well as other furniture. It also has three exposures, two facing north and one facing west. Abundant windows are a theme for this unit, in fact. The unique layout allows for windows facing several different ways for lots of light throughout the day. There’s no shortage of closets here, either. There are two in the foyer alone, plus one in the bedroom, one just outside the bedroom, and even a linen closet in the bathroom. That’s got to be some kind of record for a Deal of the Week.
Finally, this home has lots of charm. Check out the arched doorways, built-in cabinets, and parquet floors: swoon-worthy! And it’s all in a co-op with elevator and laundry that’s just a block from Prospect Park, right near the lake.
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… And Why You Might Not
The listing for this Prospect Lefferts Gardens 1BR doesn’t show any photos of the full kitchen. So it’s hard to tell what you’re working with on that front. There doesn’t seem to be a dishwasher, and the fridge is in the dining area, which isn’t a great sign. But with so much space, that could easily be addressed with some simple renovations.