WHO CAN GUESS where these very old houses are? City, neighborhood, intersection?
I’m not sayin’. At the end of this weekend, everything will be illuminated.
ANSWER: Accolades to Julie, who is the closest. These are the last two buildings on Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Park Ave, just east of the BQE. That’s a fascinating, eclectic block (Vanderbilt between Park and Myrtle, on the boundary between Fort Greene and Clinton Hill), with numerous architectural styles in evidence, and a few real gems. I almost bought a house on that block in March 2000 – fifth or sixth in from the corner of Park. It was equally old and unimproved, but larger, and was on the market for 330K. The timing wasn’t great for me and there was waist-high standing water in the cellar, which was extremely daunting. But what an investment that would have been! Add it my long list of Real Estate Regrets.