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StreetEasy’s Most Wanted: Pay cash for prewar, anyone?

By Sara Alessi  | September 7, 2012 - 8:52AM

This edition of StreetEasy’s Most Wanted -- the 10 co-ops and condos folks browsing StreetEasy saved more often than any others this week -- has a mix of prewar apartments you might pay cash for, and some you might not.

In Brooklyn Heights, a two-bedroom condo is priced at $640k for the “discerning all-cash buyer.” The ground-floor apartment is in a three-family townhouse on Willow and Pineapple Streets (a mere 2 blocks from the 2/3 trains to Manhattan). The building has recently installed new plumbing and electrical systems, a gas water heater, and a new roof. The home features restored original details (such as a wood-burning fireplace and a decorative one) and a private patio, in addition to a W/D.

On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a $2.795m three-bedroom co-op on East 90th and Madison Avenue in Carnegie Hill may be a bit pricey for an all cash offer but the pre-war apartment has been designer renovated, and there’s a custom, windowed, eat-in kitchen. Each bedroom has an en suite bath (though one is just a half bath), and the service quarters are currently being used as a laundry room/exercise room and custom office space. There’s also a “trophy space” with a banquet eating area, breakfast bar and computer desk.  You'll also get trophy monthly maintenance charges of nearly $4,000.

Downtown on East 10th and University Place, a three-bedroom $1.295m triplex co-op has a private patio and can be converted into a two- or four-bedroom. The building has a landscaped roof deck and allows co-purchasers, guarantors and pied-a-terres.

The same goes for an entire four-story, 2-unit townhouse on the market for $1.639m in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. It's configured as an upper duplex with a fourth floor artist loft studio and a garden-level two-bedroom apartment. Original details include five marble mantles, the original woodwork (which has been restored and refinished) and high ceilings. Taxes are an anorexic $397/month.

Whether you’re looking to pay cash or not, check out the rest of the Most Wanted below.

  1. 10 West 15th Street—1-bed co-op, $950k
  2. 45 West 89th Street—2-bed co-op, $899k
  3. 2421 Broadway—3-bed condo, $1.386m
  4. 82 Willow Street—2-bed condo, $640k
  5. 62 Montague Street—2-bed co-op, $699k
  6. 111 Third Avenue—2-bed condop, $990k
  7. 51 East 90th Street—3-bed co-op, $2.795m
  8. 23 East 10th Street—3-bed co-op, $1.295m
  9. 55 Hicks Street—2-bed co-op, $549k
  10. 137 Saint Felix Street—5-bed multi-family, $1.639m

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