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The Open House Scorecard: No elevator? No problem!

By Sara Alessi  | February 11, 2013 - 12:01PM

If an elevator/doorman building isn’t a must, take some notes on this week’s edition of the Open House Scorecard -- the 10 open houses those browsing StreetEasy this weekend saved to their calendars more often than any others. Apparently, plenty of New Yorkers aren’t averse to walk-ups or non-doorman buildings -- especially when the price tag is right.

In Chelsea on Ninth Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets is a fourth-floor one-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op in a historic brownstone going for $500k and fairly low maintenance of $581. The apartment (pictured) has a fireplace, vaulted ceilings and a windowed kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. In-unit washer-dryers are allowed, as are co-purchasers, gifting, guarantors, parents buying for kids and pied-a-terres. Subletting is also permitted for shareholders in good standing for no longer than a five-year period or periods adding up to five years with board approval.

A $729k two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom co-op on Third and Hoyt Streets in Carroll Gardens is one flight up. The corner unit features eight windows with open views and eastern and southern light. The kitchen has been remodeled and is open to the living and dining rooms, plus there’s an in-unit washer-dryer. The nine-unit building is a block from the F and G trains. 

If a doorman-less walkup is okay but you'd prefer to skip the walk, consider a garden-level floor-through two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op for $950k in a 19th century brownstone on Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. Located between Aitken Place and Clinton Street, this new-to-market unit shares the garden with the apartment above. The apartment also has an in-unit W/D, central a/c and two fireplaces. The hallways are currently being redecorated, and a video intercom system is being installed. There are just 5 units in the building, and like many small buildings, it's self-managed.

$769k two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op on Henry Street (between Degraw and Kane Streets) is another garden unit located in Cobble Hill, in a non-smoking building near the F, G, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. The unit itself has a private west-facing patio and garden and an entrance under the stairs. It also features the original wide plank floors and a remodeled bathroom with a linen closet. Pets are allowed on approval.

On South Oxford Street between Dekalb and Lafayette Avenues in Fort Greene, you’ll find a prewar limestone townhouse with a two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op on the market for $680k. It's located near 12 subway lines and a short distance from the LIRR. It’s one flight up from the stooped terrace and all but one of the eight windows face west, providing lots of natural light. Plus, the master bedroom has a restored triple bay window. The renovated cook’s kitchen has a breakfast bar, granite counters and glass-fronted cabinets. An in-unit full-sized W/D rounds out the space. 

You might not mind walking up to a $675k two-bedroom, one-bath co-op floor-through in a brownstone in Park Slope on Berkeley Place between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. The working fireplace will make cold winter days a bit cozier, and for warm days, Prospect Park is around the corner. The second bedroom is located off the living room and can serve as a nursery or home office with its custom-built cabinetry. Cats are allowed; dogs are not. 

For more walk-ups (as well as apartments in elevator buildings) surf the rest of the Scorecard below.

  1. 328 Bergen Street—3-bed condo, $875k
  2. 150 West 95th Street—2-bed co-op, $899k
  3. 57 3rd Street—2-bed co-op, $729k
  4. 26 South Oxford Street—2-bed co-op, $680k
  5. 160 Ninth Avenue—1-bed co-op, $500k
  6. 154 Clinton Street—2-bed co-op, $950k
  7. 35 Underhill Avenue—2-bed condo, $869k
  8. 472 Henry Street—2-bed co-op, $769k
  9. 77 Seventh Avenue—2-bed co-op, $950k
  10. 210 Berkeley Place—2-bed co-op, $675k 

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