Brooklyn’s Gold Rush
DEVELOPERS in New York City have had a lot of success luring buyers to high-end apartments with the latest dazzling amenity. Heat reflexology flooring, anyone?
But the feature still most likely to draw people is not something new and shiny but old and reliable: good bones. Many buyers re-entering the real estate market after years on the sidelines are discovering what they’re after in brownstone Brooklyn. In neighborhoods including Fort Greene, Park Slope, Boerum Hill and Red Hook, brokers are besieged by buyers.
“It is amazing,” said Jill Seligson Braver, an associate broker at Brown Harris Stevens. “It is a level of activity I have not seen since 2006-2007. There are so many people looking for brownstone buildings, and there is just no supply.”
Ms. Braver said that when it comes to brownstones, good bones can mean many things: striking period details, ornate moldings, gracious floor plans. But always, they offer a sense of solidity. “Brownstones signify stability,” she said. “Putting roots down in a neighborhood for the long haul.”