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Between limited land availability, various requirements imposed by zoning, and the high cost of construction, it's true that New York is not seeing many new high-rises of the type that the city is famous for. However, a new batch of boutique condominiums is taking shape throughout Brooklyn. Some are new construction, others are prewar buildings spruced up to modern standards, and all offer stacking plans that allow for excellent privacy.

While not as amenity-rich as their high-rise counterparts, these homes nevertheless offer the basics that allow for a comfortable living experience — e.g., central air conditioning, in-unit washer/dryer, storage, and sometimes common outdoor space. They also offer addresses in quiet sections that tend to allow for a break from the bustle of the city, not to mention better value for one's money.

124-Wyckoff-Street-01 124 Wyckoff Street (Serhant LLC)
Living room with oversized windows
Bedroom with treetop views
Following its recent renovation and conversion, 124 Wyckoff Street comprises a ground-floor maisonette with a private terrace, a full-floor unit with a private balcony, and a duplex penthouse with a private roof deck and outdoor kitchenette, all of which have soundproofing mats between floors to make for a peaceful living experience. All interiors feature high-performance windows, 7" white oak floors, custom kitchens with Bertazzoni appliances, bathrooms finished with gorgeous stone and gold-toned hardware, and in-unit washer/dryers that vent out. It is located on a picturesque block with easy access to the best restaurants, bars, and cafes in Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens, not to mention the F/G trains.

85-Douglass-Street-01 85 Douglass Street (Douglas Elliman)
Living/dining room with oversized windows
Private terrace with treetop views
The red brick building at 85 Douglass Street currently looks much as it did when it was originally constructed in 1920. However, the interiors have been brought up to modern standards with smart-lock access, virtual intercoms, in-unit washer/dryers, expansive living space, custom kitchens with Miele appliances and sleek Cubitac cabinetry, bedrooms with generous closet space, and beautifully appointed baths. It is on a quiet street, albeit one with easy access to Smith Street shopping and dining, Cobble Hill Cinemas, Carroll Park, and Trader Joe's.

29-Havemeyer-Street-01 29 Havemeyer Street (Nest Seekers LLC)
Living room with private balcony
Home office with floor-to-ceiling windows
Williamsburg was an early entrant in Brooklyn's residential renaissance and, as 29 Havemeyer Street shows, development shows no sign of slowing down. Each unit is reached via private elevator entrance, and all interiors feature floor-to-ceiling windows, wide plank hardwood floors, exposed concrete and steel beams, kitchens with custom cabinetry and integrated appliances, primary suites with walk-in closets and rain showers in the baths, and in-unit washer/dryers. All units have private outdoor space, not to mention access to a common roof deck with views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Another perk is its address near McCarren Park, popular dining in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and the Bedford Avenue L train.

151-Newel-Street-01 151 Newel Street (The In House Group)
Living room with private balcony
Roof terrace
As of this writing, two of the four full-floor units at 151 Newel Street, a newly constructed boutique condominium with a respectful brick facade, have entered contract. The remaining availabilities feature natural materials, neutral palettes, wide-plank wood floors, kitchens with high-end appliances and abundant cabinet and counter space, custom closets in the bedrooms, in-unit laundry, and integrated smart home technology. It is well situated in the heart of Greenpoint near Manhattan Avenue dining and shopping, the Brooklyn Public Library, McCarren Park, and the G train.

198 St. Nicholas Avenue
4 stories | 6 units
3 availabilities from $1,350,000

198-Saint-Nicholas-Avenue-01 Saint Nick Lofts (Compass)
Living room with oversized window
Roof deck
Like other churches before it, Saint Nick Lofts combines a prewar brick church with an ultra-modern addition for a new condominium. The two- and three-bedroom units all feature soaring ceilings, oversized windows, wide-plank oak floors, sleek kitchens with integrated appliances, custom closets in the bedrooms, well-appointed baths, video intercoms, ductless central air conditioning, and in-unit washer/dryers. It is located on a quiet street near popular Bushwick dining and nightlife, as well as the Dekalb Avenue L train.

4 stories | 5 units
2 availabilities from $565,000

499-Van-Buren-Street-01 Google Streetview of 499 Van Buren Street
Living room with floor-to-ceiling windows 499 Van Buren Street interiors (The Corcoran Group)
Kitchen and dining area
The new boutique condominium at 499 Van Buren Street towers over the low-rise buildings on its block, but a gray brick facade adds a contextual touch. The one- to three-bedroom units all feature private outdoor space, oversized Pella windows, solid-core doors, 7" wide plank white oak flooring, chef's kitchens with custom cabinetry and high-end appliances, designer baths, energy-efficient heating and cooling, and washer/dryer hookups. Its address at the edge of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Stuyvesant Heights puts it close to local hot spots, community gardens, and the Kosciuszko Street J train.

251-Saint-Marks-Avenue-01 Google Streetview of 251 St. Mark's Avenue circa November 2022
Living/dining room with oversized windows
Kitchen with high-end finishes and appliances
On a tree-lined residential block in Prospect Heights, 251 Saint Mark's Avenue stands out by virtue of its height. All seven one- to three-bedroom homes offer private outdoor space, thoughtful layouts, oversized Pella windows, light oak flooring, Amenities include a bike room and outdoor common area with a grill, but the greatest perk may be its Prospect Heights address near Prospect Park, the myriad dining options of Vanderbilt and Washington Avenues, and the Barclays Center transportation hub.

4 stories | 4 units
2 availabilities from $799,000

1006-Bergen-Street-01 1006 Bergen Street (Douglas Elliman)
Living room with exposed brick walls
Balcony with neighborhood views
At 1006 Bergen Street, a Romanesque Revival brownstone has been converted to designer-quality condos with private outdoor terraces. Interiors are rich in prewar details like exposed brick walls and arched windows, but have been updated with modern touches like high-performance windows, open kitchens with stone counters and European appliances, primary baths with marble tiles, central air conditioning, and ducted washer/dryers. It is located on a tree-lined residential block near Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Franklin Avenue dining, and the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains.

4 stories | 7 units
2 availabilities from $615,000

1346-Pacific-Street-01 1346 Pacific Street (The InHouse Group)
Living room
Private balcony
Between its neutral brick facade, oversized windows, and sleek glass balconies, 1346 Pacific Street makes a modern addition to its historic Crown Heights block. The seven apartments inside comprise five one-bedrooms, a two-bedroom garden duplex, and a two-bedroom penthouse with a private roof. All interiors feature open-concept layouts, sleek kitchens with premium appliances, generous storage space, and in-unit laundry. It is located on a peaceful residential street, but one with easy access to the Brooklyn Children's Museum, popular Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights restaurants, and the Nostrand Avenue train.

1105 Cortelyou Road
6 stories | 10 units
3 availabilities from $895,000

1105-Cortelyou-Road-01 Stratford Terrace (The Corcoran Group)
Living room with arched window
Roof terrace
This particular stretch of Brooklyn is best known for its Victorian houses, but Stratford Terrace adds a contemporary touch with its (relatively) soaring height, arched windows, and private terraces. The 10 units comprise one one-bedroom, seven two-bedrooms, and two three-bedroom penthouses, all of which come with private outdoor space. Interiors feature expansive living space, chef's kitchens with Bertazzoni appliances and large islands, spa-like primary baths, Daikin HVAC split systems, and in-unit washer/dryers. Stratford Terrace is unusually amenity-rich for its building type and neighborhood, offering bike storage, a coded mail and package room, a fitness studio, a coworking lounge, and a roof terrace with 360-degree views.

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