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Gaga Over Gowanus

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.

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Gowanus Canal, looking north from Union Street Bridge

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:

The Gowanus Gamble, The Real Deal, 10/01/16
City Hall Plans to Rezone Gowanus[…], The Real Deal, 08/02/16
Gowanus Canal: Cesspool of Dreams, Newsweek, 11/28/15

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

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Happy Holidays from the Awaye Realty Team!

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a blog, but Brooklyn real estate is booming and we’ve been really busy! However, as we reflect during this time of gratitude and giving, we can’t help but realize how thankful we are for all our success. Awaye Realty would like to share our sincerest wishes for joy, health, and peace to all our friends, customers, and clients. We thank you for your loyalty and support throughout the year.

This year, we not only had a banner year in real estate sales and rentals, but also welcomed several new buildings to our property management family. We hope to surpass their every expectation in the coming New Year.

It hasn’t all been toil. In fact, we just finished celebrating the season with the BNYMLS and Brooklyn Board of Realtors at the El Caribe Country Club. We danced, and drank, and played white elephant with our colleagues. A wonderful time was had by both the Awaye Realty Sales and Management teams.

Best of all, the event collected so many toys for the Children of Bellevue Hospital that Rich Schulhoff, CEO of BBOR, had to rent a large van to bring the gifts to the hospital. He told us he was privileged to play Santa and that the entire hospital staff came out to help distribute the toys to the children. We are proud to have been a part of such a wonderful venture.

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We hope that you stay warm and merry this holiday season and wish you all the best!

Warm Regards,

The Awaye Realty Team

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Buying or Selling? Start in the Right Place

201 Huntington Street Sale
Another Happy Home Seller

With its vibrant culture, fabulous schools, charming streets, and proximity to Manhattan, the Carroll Gardens/ Cobble Hill area has long been a draw for people from all over the world. Now more than ever, everyone wants to own a piece of our backyard. If you live in brownstone Brooklyn and have ever considered selling your home, THIS is the time!

We have been selling everything we list, and within weeks! We just sold 201 Huntington Street (2 family townhouse) and 228 Clinton Street (4 family brownstone) for all cash. We sold 16 3rd Place (2 family brownstone) in 2 weeks for $350,000 above asking price.

The special advantage that Awaye Realty has over its competition is the fact that we are in Carroll Gardens. Customers go right to the source because they know that ease of access is one of the keys to an expedient sale. Also, we know how to price and market properties to sell for the highest price in today’s market. We know our product , our customers’ needs, local property values, and the financing options available for these mega dollar sales.

Carroll Gardens is our home. Stop by and visit. You may want to stay a while.