Available 7 Days/Week       MON - FRI  8am - 7pm       SAT - SUN  10am – 6pm
Call us (352) 480-5800
Apply Now

A Rare Brooklyn Townhouse Listing: Unrenovated, Unstaged and Filled to the Brim

301 Greene Avenue Photo: Google Maps

As housing prices in Brooklyn have shot up over the last few decades, it’s become rare to see townhouse listing photos that are anything less than shelter-mag worthy. Occasionally, there might be some photos of a partially-gutted house: rooms stripped down to the studs, wires dangling from the ceiling, maybe a few broken floorboards that only add to the romantic charm. Looking at them, it’s easy to imagine yourself — or perhaps more accurately, your contractor — in the role of renovating savior: refinishing the floors, stripping paint off the stair rails, putting up new drywall. What you don’t often see are listings photos like the ones for 301 Greene Avenue, a brick townhouse by the Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy border that made the rounds on Twitter the other day (all of the interior photos were taken down after Curbed reached out to the listing agent). “I appreciated this listing’s frankness about how much of a literal crime scene this house is,” a recent twitter post joked, with a photo of a claw foot tub in one of the bathrooms covered in brown streaks. “I absolutely should not have clicked on this as I was eating my breakfast,” someone replied.

The house is, undeniably, in bad shape: there are water damaged ceilings, peeling paint, crumbling plaster. (The listing admits as much: “The home does need work and will not clear conventional financing.”) But a lot of houses in Brooklyn are in need of major work. What was unusual about this listing wasn’t its condition, or even the asking price — $1.899 million, which is pretty much the going rate for unrenovated houses in the neighborhood these days — but the fact that the listing photos showed a lifestyle that was not exactly aspirational. In addition to the obvious fact that the home’s occupant, presumably the owner, was living in a place with peeling linoleum and holes in the ceiling, photos show rooms full of stuff: VHS tapes, an old Teletubby doll, tilting clothing racks, trophies, overflowing boxes, plastic bags. Fly strips hang from the ceilings of several rooms and a tub of Lysol wipes is foregrounded in another shot. “Are there … squatters living there”? someone asked on Twitter.

301 Green Ave’s former listing, showing interior photos which have since been removed. Photo: Zillow

With brownstone prices what they are these days, it can be easy to forget that not everyone who owns or lives in a brownstone is wealthy, even if the buyers are. Gary Roger, the listing agent at 21 Century Achievers, did not want to comment, but seemed surprised, when I called, that anyone would be shocked by candid house photos. This is, after all, what a lot of Brooklyn brownstones look like inside. It’s not all blown out rear walls and statement light fixtures. City records show that the seller has owned the house since 1991. And while it’s unclear if she’s the occupant, the listing says that it’s a legal two-family being used as a one-family, so it seems likely.

Ten or 15 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see dilapidated brownstones with lower-income tenants and owners. But these days, traces of such occupants are usually thoroughly scrubbed out before a listing goes on the market. Personal belongings are removed, grimy surfaces are slathered in white paint and the home is staged, at least digitally.

As almost any broker will tell you, it’s always good practice to remove clutter and overly personal objects before listing a property — buyers find it easier to imagine themselves living there that way. Even if properties aren’t staged, they’re almost always primed and primped. For properties that go on the market looking like 301 Greene does, there are usually just a few grainy photos: one or two exterior shots and maybe a photo of the foyer or a close-up of a mantle. And those properties often sell to investors who, unlike end-use buyers, are not so sentimental. But in this market, the listing photos don’t really matter. StreetEasy shows less than 20 houses in Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy for under $2 million, none located in an area as gentrified as this one. Clementine Bakery is next door, and a broker told me that a renovated townhouse around the corner got multiple offers above the $2.5 million asking price this spring. The simple truth is that 301 Greene will probably fetch its asking price no matter what it looks like.

#thevillagesmortgage #thevillagesfl #thevillagesflorida

#thevillagesflmortgage #thevillagesmortgage #thevillagesrealestate, cityscape, staging, the real estate, zillow finds

*Assumes 2.799% APR, 20% down payment, and conforming 30-year fixed rate first mortgage on a single family, primary residence. The monthly payment you enter includes only principal and interest. Additional required amounts such as taxes, insurance, home owner association dues, assessments, mortgage insurance premiums, flood insurance or other such required payments should also be considered. Not all individuals will qualify for a mortgage loan based on the payment entered. Rates cited are for instructional purposes only; current rates are subject to change at any time without notice.  **Posted APR is based on Mortgage Assumptions
Copyright © 2021 Fidelity Home Group supports Equal Housing Opportunity | All Right Reserved  | NMLS Identifier 1834853. Fidelity Home Group is not affiliated with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Not intended for legal or financial advice, consult your own professionals if such advice is sought. Accessibility Statement  | Consent to Receive Electronic Loan Documents  |  Cookies Policy   |  Disclosures  | Email and Mobile PolicyFair Lending Policy  |  Mortgage Assumptions  |  NMLS Consumer Access  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Use 

Fidelity Home Group | The Villages FL
4076 E, FL-44, Wildwood, FL 34785

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8am to 7pm EST
Saturday - Sunday 10am to 6 pm EST

the villages mortgage, the villages mortgage rates, the villages mortgage lender, the villages mortgage broker, the villages mortgage calculator, mortgage broker near me

DISCLAIMER: The Villages is a federally registered trademark of the Holding Company of The Villages, Inc. Fidelity Home Group, a mortgage corporation, is not affiliated with, or sponsored by, the Holding Company of The Villages, Inc. or its affiliated entities. All references to "The Villages" on this website primarily refer to The Villages Community known as The Villages Florida.