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It is impossible to overlook the changing face of Brooklyn. As if overnight, a crop of high rises has sprouted along Flatbush Avenue. Downtown Brooklyn suddenly boasts a skyline that puts many American cities to shame, and the development of new residential and mixed-use properties is not slowing down. As the building boom continues, real estate speculation pushes deeper into the borough. Today, one would be hard pressed to find an area garnering more interest than our very own Gowanus.
Tucked between the affluent, in-demand brownstone streets of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, the manufacturing-zoned area surrounding the Gowanus Canal is a potential goldmine for builders.
Whispers of a Gowanus rezoning have been heard for almost a decade. In 2008, the New York City Department of City Planning, under the stewardship of the Bloomberg administration, commissioned a series of cultural and environmental assessments to begin the Gowanus Canal Corridor Rezoning Project. This project would lift several plots of land abutting the Gowanus Canal from their current M-1 industrial zoning to allow for residential development.
The 2010 designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site stymied the city’s rezoning plan, but with the high stakes and big money involved, it did not stop the hopeful prospecting in the area.
Some of New York’s largest and most powerful real estate players now have skin in the Gowanus game. Alloy Development, Property Markets Group, Lightstone Group, Two Trees Management, Kushner Companies, Atlantic Realty Development, and Hudson Companies have collectively spent over $250 million snatching up Gowanus properties that were zoned for garages and industrial use.
There is, of course, an element of risk for those looking to delve into the Gowanus frenzy. Alloy Development’s properties at 234 Bond Street and 242 Nevins Street might be seized, under eminent domain, to install a sewage tank that would aid in the Gowanus Canal clean up. Is this very likely? No one knows.
It’s not all doom and gloom. Lightstone Group’s Gowanus acquisition is now 365 Bond Street; a 70% leased, 430-unit luxury rental building with studios starting at $2500 per month. Construction is underway at adjacent 363 Bond Street, which Atlantic Realty Development acquired in 2015 for a cool $75 million (along with plans for a 12-story, 268-unit rental building).
Surely the risk must be worth the reward. How else can we explain the involvement of some of the biggest names and power brokers in real estate? With Mayor de Blasio’s self-imposed pressure to build more affordable housing, it seems that rezoning along the Gowanus is all but inevitable.
Want to get in on the fun? Check out our listing at 233-239 Nevins Street.
Follow these links to some great stories about the history, science, business, and future of the Gowanus Canal:
Gowanus Canal Superfund Timeline, 2013
Gowanus Canal Corridor, Columbia University, 2008
Gowanus Canal Corridor Rezoning Study, City of New York Dept. of City Planning, 2008
Gowanus Canal Corridor Rezoning Project Phase 1A Cultural Resource Assessment, City of New York Dept. of City Planning, 2009
Ah! Brooklyn… With its glorious tapestry of people, neighborhoods, and geography, we’ve long been proud to call it our home. But like any vibrant, active community, our borough is quickly growing and changing.
If Brooklyn were an independent city, it would be the 4th most populous in the United States. Only the 5 NYC boroughs combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago have more people. Geography is of course a factor, the proximity to Manhattan is a major attraction. However, Brooklyn has grown into its own distinct cultural mecca. The borough offers a variety of musical, artistic, and gourmet experiences that are as diverse as its neighborhoods. There are also acres of parks and miles of shoreline to explore.
It’s really no surprise that more and more people want to live in Brooklyn, and with that desire, the effects of supply and demand become more deeply felt. According to a recent Business Insider article by Melia Robinson, “[…] as real estate prices in trendier neighborhoods continue to climb, more and more city slickers are taking a second glance at the ‘original Gold Coast,’ as locals call the area. With phenomenal public schools, copious outdoor spaces, restaurant row, and affordable housing, Bay Ridge has alot to offer.”
Originally developed as an oceanfront resort area for the wealthy, Bay Ridge is an extremely scenic neighborhood. The neighborhood offers breathtaking water and Verrazano Bridge views as well acres and acres of green space, playgrounds, skate parks, and the stunning 4.5 mile Shore Promenade. Bay Ridge is an eclectic mix of mansions, limestones, rental, co-op, and condo buildings. From a real estate perspective, Bay Ridge has it all and the market has taken note.
In the first quarter of 2014, more 2-bedroom homes were sold in Bay Ridgethan any other part of the borough. According to Robinson’s Business Insider article, “Both the median home sale price and median monthly rent are up 14% year over year, and rents are up 30% over two years.” Yet even with the price climb, Bay Ridge offers more space and bang for the buck then trendier neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Park Slope whose median sales of $1.4 million and $1.35 million respectively, make Bay Ridge’s median sale price of $656,000 look like a humble steal.
As more and more people become privy to this bargain and choose to leave behind pricier neighborhoods, the face of Bay Ridge is slowly starting to change. As with all Brooklyn neighborhoods that are seeing an influx of outsiders, locals are grumbling that the gentrification is destroying the community. The jury is still out on the “destruction,” but the community is certainly changing as higher priced businesses that offer ‘artisinal’ and ‘locally sourced’ buzzword items sprout up on Bay Ridge thoroughfares. In recent years, artisanal sausage and craft beer bar Lock Yard and the organic wine bar Owl’s Head saw their openings marred by protesters. However, old and new locals alike are keeping new local businesses such as these packed and flourishing.
Awaye Realty salesperson Haydee Alicea is a neighborhood expert who has sold millions of dollars worth of real estate in Bay Ridge and feels that “more people are choosing Bayridge over many other neighborhoods in Brooklyn because of its calm, slow-paced feel and the tree-lined blocks, water views off of the Shore Road area, and the parks. The sales and rentals of apartments and houses have grown over the last couple of years and the prices have increased as well. People that want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn opt for the Bay Ridge area for tranquility and calm. The multitude of nightlife and dining options doesn’t hurt, either.”
If this trend continues, prices will climb fast. If you are considering buying or selling property in Bay Ridge, now is the time! For more information, call 718.488.0800 and speak to a neighborhood expert today.
To read Robinson’s Business Insider article, go to http://www.businessinsider.com/young-people-moving-to-bay-ridge-brooklyn-2014-6?op=1
It’s been a while since our last entry, and it’s because we’ve been extremely busy. Now that we are officially in our eleventh year, we’ve finally taken a moment to sit back and celebrate!
President of Awaye Realty, Arlene Waye , organized a fete that would not soon be forgotten.
Arlene’s good friend and owner of the Tenuta Torciano Vineyards of Tuscany, Pierluigi Giachi, offered us an intimate wine tasting. Under his expert guidance, we sampled over a dozen wines. As the wine flowed, we indulged in decadent antipasti, fragrant truffle oils, and well-aged balsamics. Arlene’s husband Jim personally prepared lasagna for over eighty people!
Happy and full, we agreed that in a competitive industry such as real estate, we are fortunate to work with such enthusiastic, professional, and above all, warm colleagues. It was an amazing experience and we are already looking forward to our 15th Anniversary in 2018.
In other news, yesterday we rolled out the first phase of our new and improved website. We are proud to have a much more intuitive site that is now an even better resource for our customers. The new awayerealty.com offers THOUSANDS of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island listings… all in one place. Visitors can now browse not only Awaye Realty’s exclusive real estate sales, commercial, and rental listings, but also every listing provided by our fellow members of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Brooklyn Multiple Listing Service (BNYMLS), and Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).
Aside from everything that is available in the New York City real estate market, awayerealty.com offers a wealth of information about the intricacies of buying and selling your home or any other type of real estate, Brooklyn neighborhood biographies, definitions of common real estate terms, and much more. We invite you to browse around!wse not only Awaye Realty’s exclusive real estate sales, commercial, and rental listings, but also every listing provided by our fellow members of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Brooklyn Multiple Listing Service (BNYMLS), and Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).
We will keep you informed about Phase 2, but we anticipate going live with that sometime in April. Clients will be able to more seamlessly browse listings as well as create their very own accounts and personal folder of listings that interest them. We expect that the new awayerealty.com will deliver a smooth and valuable real estate experience for our visitors.
As always, we are busy matching our customers with their dream homes. As the weather gets warmer, the real estate market tends to heat up. There’s a lot of excitement in the air at our 522A Court Street office.
Many of you will soon be receiving out spring promotional postcard in the mail. If not please call us at 718.488.0800 to learn about our limited time 4% fee for full service marketing and representation of your real estate property.
The Awaye Realty family thanks you for your patronage. Without all of you, where would we be?
This month Awaye Realty Management, LLC celebrates its 10 year anniversary as one of Brooklyn’s premier providers of real estate and property management services. Based out of Carroll Gardens, Awaye Realty has weathered the housing and financial crash of the mid-2000s and has prospered despite the difficult economic climate for small businesses. Awaye Realty attributes its success to a heavy investment in technology and a staff of seasoned professionals.
“We are celebrating this amazing 10-year milestone by re-launching the website for the sales arm of our company,” says principle and founder Arlene Waye. “We strive to be a resource for our clients, and the new awayerealty.com will offer our visitors the ability to search over 20,000 listings in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx.” A proud member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) since the start, Awaye Realty is also a member of Multiple Listing Services in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, which also feed their site.
Arlene Waye founded Awaye Realty Management, LLC in 2003. Prior to this, Ms. Waye held the position of Vice President of Operations for a major Brooklyn developer for sixteen years. She was employed in the capacity of real estate broker, property manager, and CFO, and was responsible for the operation of his real estate property management and development portfolio. Ms. Waye has been instrumental in the construction, management, conversion, and development of many condo, co-op and rental projects. She works hand-in-hand with developers creating offering plans, Schedule B’s, and consulting on project finishes. Ms. Waye then sells the projects, and continues to manage them. “My background as a developer’s broker and property manager allows me a unique insight into the real estate market, that’s a real edge for our clients and one of the secrets to Awaye Realty’s success,” says Ms. Waye.
Awaye Realty was the exclusive leasing agent for the former Watchtower properties at 6-10 Clark Street and 169 Columbia Heights (The Standish), where Awaye Realty Management also oversaw an extensive renovation of the building. The company also handled the renovation and conversion 26 and 34 Butler Place Condos, 172 Sterling Place Condos, and many others. Awaye Realty Management was also responsible for the renovation and conversion of 505 Court Street (Court Street Lofts) from a rent-stabilized building into a thriving luxury condo project. Arlene Waye was instrumental in the conversion and rehab of the adjacent property at 204 Huntington Street (Hunt Lofts) from the former Borden’s Candy Factory into a 60-unit luxury loft rental building. More recently, Awaye Realty Management overhauled the property at 149 Marine Avenue into one of the premier luxury cooperatives in Bay Ridge.
Awaye Realty Management, LLC offers a full range of real estate brokerage and property management services. The company has a proven record of success in selling and leasing both commercial and residential property, and is offering a reduced commission through February to mark their 10-years of business success. Call 718.488.0800, or visit them on the web at www.awayerealty.com for more information.
For property management information, visit www.awayemanagement.com, or call 718.222.9840.