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A booming value for clapboard 474 Dean, across from Barclays Center, now on sale for the third time since 2013

Photo from 2021 StreetEasy
So 474 Dean Street, the yellow-painted federal townhouse across the street from the Barclays Center's southern entrance, is on sale for the third time since 2013, and the prices continue to rise.

So the proximity to sometimes boisterous arena crowds and traffic--and the possibility of arena workers congregating around the front door to smoke, a subject of admonitory signage in the past--has not, apparently diminished pricing.

Since the two previous sales, the house has been joined on its western flank by the rental building (and garage entrance thereof) Heritage Dean Street, on the former Bergen Tile site.

Nearby, just east of Sixth Avenue, the 662 Pacific Street tower (B15) is well under way, and may open to residents later this year, though the planned middle-school isn't due until September 2024.

Note that the house was significantly renovated after the first sale, though I'm not sure what was changed after the second one.

The 2013 sale

The StreetEasy listing had a $1,495,000 sticker price, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths:
Built in the mid-19th century in the Federal style, this 20 wide townhouse exudes warmth, grace, and a sense of old Brooklyn. The owners renovated with an elegant minimalistic aesthetic while taking care to honor the buildings historic texture. The house retains original moldings, mantles, wide plank pumpkin pine flooring and other details. The back yard, which is sunny and private, includes a deck, a wall of ivy, and plenty of room for gardening. 474 Dean Street is a legal 2-family, currently configured as a single family. The site is zoned C2-4/R6B and R7A, which supports a mix of residential and commercial uses.
It sold 6/5/13 for $1.52 million.

The 2018 listing

The StreetEasy listing had a $1,995,000 sticker price, 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The description was far more lavish, reflecting a renovation and reconfiguration:
Nestled on Dean Street in Prospect Heights and at the apex of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and Park Slope is one of the areas oldest clapboard homes. This unique frame house is your chance to own a one of a kind 20 foot wide townhouse.

Enter through the entryway/mudroom into an oasis of calm and relax in the open living room with gorgeous wide plank pumpkin pine floors. The airy dining room has plenty of space to entertain and is conveniently located off the galley kitchen. Ample storage closets, stainless steel appliances (Miele stove top, Verona oven, Bosch dishwasher and Summit refrigerator) and light flooding in from the skylight make the kitchen the perfect size.

Off the dining room, and leading out to the garden, is a feature sun room with skylights; a great flexible space with a very large storage closet. Here you will also find another bathroom with full vanity, deep two person bath, and heated towel rail.

From the sun room you enter out onto the wooden deck running the length of the house and leading to the deep and open garden, with a shady tree, plantings and a built in IPE wall bench. On the ground floor you also have the convenience of a half bathroom that houses the washer/dryer. Opposite this is another closet, next to the stairs that take you down to the full length storage cellar.

On the second floor are two large bright bedrooms with built in storage closets. A full bathroom featuring Duravit washbasin, Toto toilet and a large tiled Grohe rain shower completes this spa bath. Before heading up the winding wooden staircase to the top floor there is a charming little reading nook with great light.

On the top third floor is the large master bedroom with built in closets, plenty of room for seating and the original decorative fireplace. The fourth lovely, bright bedroom, overlooks the rear garden and again has plenty of attic storage.

This home could not be more convenient. It is located right by the Atlantic Avenue transit terminal, which has both great subway links and LIRR access. Also In four different directions you can walk or bike to BAM, Wholefoods, great restaurants/bars, Prospect Park/Brooklyn Museum/Botanical Gardens/Zoo, great shops and of course the Barclays Center itself, with amazing sporting events and concerts.

Very few opportunities abound to own a unique part of Brooklyns townhouse history. Come and take a peek soon!
It sold for the ask, $1,995,000, on 7/30/2018.

The 2021 listing

The StreetEasy listing has a $2,295,000 sticker price, 4 bedrooms and 2+ baths. The description borrows a lot from the previous listing:
Nestled on Dean Street in Prospect Heights, at the apex of Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and Park Slope, is one of the areas few remaining single family clapboard homes. As bright on the outside as it is on the inside, this charming house is your chance to have the best of both worlds and own a 20' historic townhouse in the center of everything.

Enter through the home's convenient mudroom into an open living room with well-preserved, wide-plank, pumpkin pine floors. The airy dining room has dual built-ins and acts as the hub of the first floor, connecting the kitchen with both living spaces and offering plenty of space to entertain or spread out with the Sunday paper. The rustic galley kitchen is outfitted with expansive butcher block counters, farmhouse sink, generous storage, and stainless steel appliances (Miele stove top, Verona oven, Bosch dishwasher and Summit refrigerator). Natural light floods in from the skylight and the pass through to the sunroom offers the feel of an open kitchen.

The first floor also sports a generous coat closet, staired cellar access, 1/2 bath with W/D and an updated spa off the sunroom with a massive soaking tub. Access to home's the large, private, garden and patio is off the sunroom— A sanctuary in the heart of Brooklyn where you'll find a prized Japanese maple, built-in wall bench and plenty of space to gather and entertain.

On the second floor are two large, light-filled bedrooms, each with their own original details (including fireplace mantles) and a full bathroom featuring Duravit washbasin, Toto toilet and a large tiled Grohe rain shower that completes this spa bath.

The top floor of 474 Dean is currently arranged as an enormous master suite with terrifically high, 11'9" ceilings. Composed of an oversized bedroom that can accommodate its own living area, a second bedroom that can alternatively be used as home office/gym/nursery/dressing room and an updated full bath looking over the garden. The expansive master bedroom includes three, pin-drop-quiet windows facing Dean Street and the original (now decorative) fireplace. Both top floor bedrooms have access to additional attic storage found above the stairwell, the landing and the full bathroom.

Unique for a home of this age and style, 474 could not be more convenient. Two blocks from Atlantic Terminal (with access to the 2/3/4/5/B/D/N/Q/R/LIRR), the A/C at Lafayette and the G at Fulton, you would be hard pressed to find another home with this character and accessibility anywhere in the city. In four different directions you can take in many of Brooklyn's most touted attractions, such as BAM, Prospect Park, The Brooklyn Museum, The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and of course, Barclay's itself which is nearly in your own front yard. Neighborhood favorites include Sofreh, James, and the many options on Vanderbilt such as Lalou and Olmstead.
There's an open house tomorrow.

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