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Austin Nichols House, 184 Kent Avenue

Between North 3rd Street & North 4th Street   |    Williamsburg

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Key Details

  • Condo
  • Built in 1915
  • 338 Apartments
  • 7 Floors
  • Size From # avail
  • Studios $850,500 1
  • 1 Bed $897,300 18
  • 2 Beds $1,365,600 13
  • 3 Beds $2,911,600 1
  • Last updated Nov 17, 2017
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$1,565 Avg. Price / Ft2

Overview

96

Austin Nichols House, 184 Kent Avenue has received a CityRealty Rating of 96, based on:

 
Architecture

Anything above 30 is remarkable, from 20-29 is distinguished and from 11-19 is average, while below 11 is below average.

 
Location

Anything above 27 is remarkable, from 18-26 is distinguished and from 9-17 is average, while below 9 is below average.

 
Features

Anything above 22 is remarkable, from 16-21 is distinguished and from 9-15 is average, while below 9 is below average.

Rating Summary

38
Out of 44
+
30
Out of 36
+
19
Out of 39
+
9
=
96
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Distinguished 7 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
High-End 5 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Dramatic 3 out of 3 points
Alterations:
Well Done 1 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
No, but Very Good 3 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Attractively Enclosed 2 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Not Allowed 2 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
Free Standing 2 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
None 0 out of 2 points
Garden:
Attractive 2 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
Individual Designation 2 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unified Design 1 out of 1 points
Illumination:
None 0 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Outstanding 5 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 10 blocks 5 out of 5 points
Views:
Dazzling 4 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Some 2 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
More than 5 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
3-5 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
3-6 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Shopping:
6-10 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Schools:
No Noise 1 out of 1 points
Noise From Nightlife:
None 1 out of 1 points

Features Rating: Points Breakdown

Lobby:
Spacious 4 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
More than 15 0 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
11-14 Feet 3 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Some 1 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes, with Swimming Pool 2 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
Substantial 2 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Minimal 1 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
None 0 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
None 0 out of 1 points
Door Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
None 0 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Driveway:
None 0 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
None 0 out of 1 points
Catering:
None 0 out of 1 points
Garage:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
No 0 out of 1 points
Prewar:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Some 1 out of 2 points
  • #2 Rated condo - Brooklyn
  • #1 Rated condo - Williamsburg
How was this building rated?

This seven-story building at 184 Kent Avenue nine blocks north of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn was erected in 1915 by Austin, Nichols & Company, one of the leading grocery wholesalers in the country, and it was designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect of the famous Woolworth Building in Lower Manhattan, the former U. S. Customs House at the foot of Broadway, the New York Life Insurance Company tower on Madison Avenue at 26th Street. 

According to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, it is “one of the earliest concrete warehouses in the United States designed by a nationally prominent architect.” 

The large building was acquired in 1985 by the Kestenbaum and Hirsch families of Williamsburg who obtained a variance in 1999 from the Board of Standards & Appeals to convert the warehouse to about 220 rental apartments designed by Ralf Mayer and Thomas Bargetz.  

It was designated an official city landmark in 2005 when a developer planned to add towers to the existing building, whose façade was then patchy with many areas of missing paint, and then the City Council overturned the landmark designation, which led to the Mayor vetoing the action of the City Council, which subsequently voted to override his veto.  A December 8, 2005 article by Robin Pogrebin in The New York Times said that “Simcha Fedler, chairman of the council’s landmarks committee,...[declared that] this building is a piece of trash, and it should be knocked down.” 

In 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the Williamsburg waterfront on a list of “most-endangered places” and the property was sold and the new owner, 184 Kent Fee L.L.C., which is also known as JMH Development of which Jason Halpern and Glen Rau are principals, donated a deed of easement, which prohibits destruction of the warehouse and preserves its size and shape so that it could use Historic Preservation tax Credits to renovate the building, an act that curbed.com said in an artic...

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Carter Horsley's Review

Austin Nichols House, 184 Kent Avenue Carter Horsley's Building Review
"This seven-story building at 184 Kent Avenue nine blocks north of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn was erected in 1915 by Austin, Nichols & Company, one of the leading grocery wholesalers in the country, and it was designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect of the famous Woolworth Building in Lower Manhattan, the former U. S. Customs House at the foot of Broadway, the New York Life Insurance Company tower on Madison Avenue at 26th Street. " Read Carter's Full Review

The pros & cons

Pros
  • Library
  • Attended lobby
  • Waterfront property
  • Garage
  • Lounge
  • High ceilings
  • Multi-paned windows
  • Roof deck with pool
  • Designed by Cass Gilbert
  • Billiards room
  • Many great views of Manhattan
  • Large central courtyard
Cons
  • Many apartments
  • Not too close to public transportation
  • Nine blocks north in Brooklyn of Williamsburg Bridge
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Austin Nichols House, 184 Kent Avenue Alternate Addresses

  • Austin Nichols & Company Warehouse
  • 186 Kent Avenue
  • 188 Kent Avenue
  • 190 Kent Avenue
  • 196 Kent Avenue
  • 198 Kent Avenue
  • Austin Nichols & Co.
  • 1-41 North Street
  • 192 Kent Avenue
  • 194 Kent Avenue

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  • 239 Available for Sale
  • $1,342 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,583,424 Avg. Price
  • $1,295,000 Median Price
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  • 66 Available for Rent
  • $53 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $4,603 Avg. Price
  • $3,789 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Oosten Apt TH14 | $12,999
    Price / ft2 $47
  2. Least Expensive Spring Condos Apt 3A | $2,350

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