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Some of the newly launched boutique buildings in Brooklyn Some of the newly launched boutique buildings in Brooklyn
After months on lockdown with neighbors on all sides, some city residents are coming to find that there is something to be said for boutique condos or rentals (commonly defined as a low- or mid-rise measuring 50 units or fewer). Fewer units per floor can mean more privacy and space for residents, not to mention fewer other people in the elevator or lobby (a new concern in the age of social distancing). That being said, it is less likely that residents of boutique buildings would fall into the New York cliché of not knowing one's neighbors, as people are likelier to run into each other in the lobby or mail area. Between greater square footage and a more communal atmosphere, this arrangement can offer the benefits of private homes combined with the convenience of a condominium.

With all that in mind, boutique buildings aren't necessarily for everyone. While some buildings have incorporated basic amenities like a roof deck or bike room, one can't necessarily expect the array of over-the-top amenities found in a luxury high-rise. Additionally, when capital improvements are required for a building, mathematics dictate that the smaller pool of residences to draw from means the cost per unit will be higher.

If boutique living is for you, you're in luck - developers are recognizing this and working on a number of boutique condos and rentals throughout Brooklyn. Not only does this speak to buyers' wishes, but low-rise new development is often seen as less intrusive to established neighborhoods than new high-rises. We take a look at some of the newest buildings that have recently launched sales or leasing.

Pros of Boutique Buildings

• More privacy and quieter living

• Communal atmosphere with staff and other residents

• Greater likelihood of getting on a board and having a say in the running of the building

• Potentially located in a historic neighborhood where zoning prohibits high-rises

• Fewer availabilities can mean higher valuation

Cons of Boutique buildings

• Low-rise buildings mean less impressive views

• Less impressive amenity package

• Higher fees for special assessments or other repairs

• Harder to avoid unpleasant neighbors

• Fewer availabilities makes it hard to compare sales history on other units in the building

4 stories | 10 units
1 availability for $779K

151-Quincy-Street-01 151 Quincy Street via Spearhead
Boutique condominium 151 Quincy Street is distinguished by its red brick facade, rounded brick arches, and custom millwork in the building’s entry. Several units have private outdoor space, and all residents benefit from an address on the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill. This puts it close to popular restaurants, shops, and nightlife in both neighborhoods, as well as the A/C and G trains at Franklin Avenue and Bedford-Nostrand Avenue.
151-Quincy-Street-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the listing: Apartment 4A is a south facing one-bedroom apartment with a covered balcony off of the living area, which offers beautiful 7-inch-wide oak hardwood flooring taking in brilliant natural light through two sets of oversized Pella windows. The sleek and completely custom chef’s kitchens boast gorgeous quartz countertops, high end stainless steel and appliances by Bosch and Maytag, and stone-clad vented exhaust hoods. The comfortable bedroom provides plenty of space and has a completely custom outfitted closet. The designer bath has radiant heated flooring and has been tastefully finished with large format gray tiles, matte black accents, and a wide vanity for storage. All residences have their own washer/dryer hookups, and most have their own private outdoor spaces.

280 Atlantic Avenue
5 stories | 5 units
2 availabilities from $1.1M - $1.35M

280-Atlantic-Avenue-01 Google Streetview of The Phoenix Roze
The Phoenix Roze is an intimate boutique condominium on the border of Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill. All units feature sunny interiors, central air conditioning, in-unit washer/dryers, and private outdoor space. It is conveniently located near Smith Street shopping, Atlantic Avenue dining, and a total of ten subway lines.
From the listing: Located on the third floor, Unit 3 is a vibrant 2 bedroom spanning 1,020 square feet and offering a 73-square-foot terrace plus a large private roof deck. Upon entering one is greeted by an elegant, sunlit kitchen and living room with wide plank hardwood flooring throughout. For those who enjoy cooking, this kitchen is a dream. Modern black paneled cabinetry that is equipped with top of the line stainless steel appliances including a vented Thermador range and Bosch dishwasher set against stunning marble countertops. For those who enjoy dining in, the eat-in-kitchen accommodates plenty of bar-stool seating that is perfect for entertaining. The elevator takes you and your guests right from your kitchen to your own private rooftop overlooking the Brooklyn skyline.

4 stories | 4 units
1 availability for $1.8M

766-Union-Street-01 Google Streetview of 766 Union Street
766 Union Street is a prewar building developed into an intimate four-unit boutique condominium with a video intercom and a private garden among the amenities. It is located on a tree-lined Park Slope street near Prospect Park, the Grand Army Farmers Market, popular dining and shopping, and a choice of subway lines.
766-Union-Street-02 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: Residence Three is a thoughtfully designed floor-through home with superior finishes. Enter into a welcoming foyer that flows into an expansive great room with high ceilings while still offering an inviting and warm feel. The home features oversized double paned Pella windows that showcase bright northern and southern exposures with views of lush treetops and historic quintessential brownstones of Park Slope. The open gourmet kitchen is equipped with Caesarstone quartz countertops, Grohe faucets, custom cabinetry, 36" Fisher & Paykel French door refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Bertazzoni 5-burner range, oven and microwave as well as an In-Sink-Erator garbage disposal.

1296-Park-Place-01 1296 Park Place via Brooklyn Group
On the edge of the Crown Heights Historic District, a prewar townhouse has been converted to a boutique condominium with expansive interiors and contemporary finishes. All apartments feature in-unit washer/dryers, and residential amenities include a bike room and common roof deck.
From the listing: 1296 Park Place is an 8 unit boutique condominium conversion offering modern charm like nothing else in Crown Heights! Apartment 3F is a move-in ready 796-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom home with a massive open layout. Features include split system heat/AC units in every room, 9.5-foot ceilings, hardwood white oak floors, stacked washer/dryer, and oversized windows. The brand-new appliances have all been strategically placed to maximize prep space as you navigate your way through the stylish, top-of-the-line kitchen. The street facing bedroom features a large closet and plenty of room for a king-sized bed plus a desk.

4 stories | 4 units
1 availability for $1.55M

351-Warren-Street-01 All image of 351 Warren Street via Douglas Elliman
351 Warren Street is a classic Brooklyn brownstone that has been redeveloped into an intimate boutique condominium. The four units comprise a garden duplex with landscaped rear yard, two full-floor units with private terraces, and a penthouse. All units feature abundant natural light, oversized windows, and high-end appliances and fixtures. It is located on a tree-lined street near Restaurant Row, Trader Joe’s, Court Street, and the F and G trains.
From the listing: Residence 2 occupies the entire second floor. It has an oversized full-width living room with ample room for true entertaining. The large U-shaped chef's kitchen is a true showpiece with waterfall counters and integrated Bosch appliances. The two bedrooms are spacious and sunny, with the master bedroom opening onto a large private balcony overlooking the rear yard. The bathrooms are beautifully appointed with high-end fixtures and gorgeous tile.

421-Maple-Street-01 All images of 421 Maple Street via Corcoran
With its tan brick facade and edgy glass balconies, 421 Maple Street makes a modern addition to its historic neighborhood. All units enjoy private outdoor space, and amenities include bike room, furnished common work and lounge area, and furnished roof deck looking out on tree-lined streets. It is close to Kings Theater, Wingate Park, popular local restaurants and shops, and the 2 and 5 trains.
From the listing: Unit 202 is a well laid-out two bedroom, two bathroom floor through apartment. This unit features 1,141 square feet of interior space awash with northern and southern light from each exposure and plenty of room to entertain guests on either of the front or rear balconies. The main floor boasts a great room, with a ceiling height over 20 feet. Ample storage can be found throughout, which includes a laundry closet with full-sized washer and dryer. Spacious bathrooms include deep-soaking tub, oversized mirrors, Kibi fixtures, and rain showerheads.

975-Manhattan-Avenue-01 All images of 975 Manhattan Avenue via Global Real Estate Ventures Group
The Greenpoint Landing mega-development is set to reshape the neighborhood’s skyline, but Greenpoint is also experiencing a low-rise building boom. Among them is 975 Manhattan Avenue, a new development located half a block from the Greenpoint Avenue G train. Select units have private outdoor space, and all residents benefit from a common roof deck and easy access to trendy restaurants, shops, and nightlife.
From the listing: This contemporary building provides homes that blend modern fixtures and finishes with the convenience of its location. All the apartments have gorgeous hardwood floors, oversized windows, modern finishings, and recessed lighting already installed throughout the apartments. The units have central air conditioning and heat as well as an in-home washer/dryer. Spacious bathrooms feature Vanity Mirrors with built-in LED lights and mirrors both inside and outside. Some units feature a charming balcony or an outdoor space.

232 East 18th Street
8 stories | 29 units
10 availabilities from $380K - $999K

232-East-18th-Street-01 All images of Park West via Corcoran
Park West is a modern new development located amidst an eclectic mix of Victorian-era brownstones and post-war apartment buildings. Building amenities include video intercom, fitness center with cardio and weight equipment, bike storage, and private parking (for purchase). Residents also benefit from easy access to Prospect Park, the dining and shopping options of Cortelyou Road, and the B and Q trains.
From the listing: Unit 5D is a magnificent 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit that floods with natural sunlight from the west facing exposure. This distinguished layout offers a L-shaped kitchen, an expansive living area with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large private balcony. The primary bedroom has access to the balcony and a stunning en-suite bathroom featuring dark tone designer tile that contrast the light tone vanity. The unit is outfitted with custom Italian Cabinetry and, complemented by modern quartz countertops, with a classic white subway tiled backsplash, microwave with an exhaust vent, and stainless-steel appliances taking your cooking skills to the next level. The spa like bathrooms are vented and heated and feature Maax Soak tub, Dual flush toilet, and beautiful European porcelain tiles throughout.

933-937-Rogers-Avenue-01 All images of 933-937 Rogers Avenue via Rennit
933-937 Rogers Avenue is a two-building development featuring a red brick facade and located a stone’s throw from Prospect Park. The building is pet-friendly, and amenities include package lockers, a central laundry room, a gym, a rooftop terrace, bike storage, and covered parking with assigned spaces. An affordable housing lottery is taking place at 933 Rogers Avenue through July 28.
From the listing: Large Layout 2 bedroom apartment, balcony unit with natural light in the common area! Interiors feature high ceilings, hardwood floors, modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances, and modern tiled bath with glass wall and deep tub/shower.

1941 Coney Island Avenue
7 stories | 43 units
4 availabilities from $1,917 - $2,375/month

1041-Coney-Island-Avenue-01 All images of The Posh via Compass
The Posh is a new boutique rental comprising 43 studio through two-bedroom apartments. All units feature open layouts, stainless steel appliances, split heating and cooling systems, in-unit washer/dryers, and private balconies or terraces. The amenity-rich building offers a gym with yoga deck, a lounge with WiFi and cable, a bike room, on-site parking, and a roof deck with BBQ grills.
From the listing: Dynamically designed units boast open layouts, porcelain floors, high ceilings, large expansive floor to ceiling windows, open modern kitchens with quartz stone countertops, light wood tone cabinetry and lacquered finishes. The stainless steel appliances include a gas range, dishwasher, microwave and double kitchen sinks. The apartment comes with ample closet space, an oversized bathroom with a tub, split heating and cooling systems, and in-unit washer & dryers. Each apartment features private balconies or terraces.

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