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DONE DEALS: Playing Santa Claus

Chris Benfante

Corcoran’s Chris Benfante played Santa Claus to a German couple searching for a Brooklyn pied a terre close to the BAM Cultural District.

The buyers were in town for the weekend and came to an open house Benfante was having at a Unit in 1 Hanson Place, just down the block from BAM.

That apartment was larger than they needed, so he told them about Unit 21A which he was just about to list.

“They saw it and fell in love with it,” said Benfante. “They were the first buyers to see it, but knew it would sell quickly, so they offered the seller his asking price in cash if he would go to contract before they returned to Germany. “They wanted to move in by Christmas so they could spend the holidays in New York, and Santa made it happen.”

The 1,166 s/f rarely available two bedroom, 2-bath condo has a private terrace and protected, open views north and east above Fort Greene Park to the East River and Midtown Skyline.

Sarah Parsons of Halstead represented the buyers, who paid the full $1,369,000 asking price.


40 W116th St.
Two bedroom, 2 bath condo in the environmentally-friendly Kalahari building. Spacious living room and a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and built-in microwave. Two bedrooms with good closet space. Private outdoor deck. Amenities include a 24/7 concierge, fitness center, landscaped public courtyards and on-site ZIP cars. 25-year real estate tax abatement. Asking Price: $875,000. CC: $797. Days on the Market: 4 weeks. Agents: Sungwon Hwang, Corcoran ; Ann Morreel and Satish Thakersey, Citi Habitats.

Upper West Side
10 West End Avenue, #21C
Two bedroom, 2-bath condo on the 21st floor. Balcony with open river views, floor-to-ceiling windows and gourmet

Roy Silber

kitchen with top of the line appliances. In-unit washer and dryer and generous closet space. Located in a luxury, full-service building where amenities include a 24-hour doorman, on-site gym, pool, playroom and garage. Asking Price: $1,900,000. CC: $1,338. ays on the Market: 1 week. Agents: Laurence Mitchell, Douglas Elliman and Roy Silber, Citi Habitats (pictured).


East Village
425 E13th St. #5F
A boutique luxury ‘A Building’ that offers a 50 ft. rooftop pool, outdoor BBQ area with real grass, and 360-degree skyline views. Loft-inspired one bedroom apartment with sliding glass pocket doors between the living and bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling, private balcony. Kitchen equipped with Liebherr fridge, and Bosch oven and dishwasher. Building has a 421a tax abatement until 2020. Asking Price: $749,000. CC: $813 per month. Days on the market: 78 days. Listing Agent: Kelly Zisook Scher, TOWN Residential.

Frances Katzen


561 Broadway #4A
One bedroom, 1-bath simplex in the Singer Building. Unit has been the studio and showroom of a sculptor. The 47 foot wide space features floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors and wide Art Nouveau Juliet balcony. Co-op has a liberal sublet policy. CC: $3,766. Time on market: 6 days. Asking price: $2,398,000. Agents: Elaine Schweninger, Town Real Estate; Frances Katzen (pictured) and Nicole Krinick, Douglas Elliman.


99 John St. #1112
One bedroom, 1-bath simplex with high ceilings and terrace. 24-hour doormen, elevator, roof deck, health club. CC: $387. Time on market: 2 weeks. Asking price: $623,000. Agents: Frances Katzen, Douglas Elliman (pictured); Ted Gounaris, Voro USA.


Lower East Side
175 Rivington, #1C
Alcove studio with five windows facing South and East. Third floor of five floor walk-up pre-war co-op. Pre-war details include high ceilings, wood floors, and an original claw foot tub. The “L” shape floor plan provides separation of dining/living and sleeping areas. HDFC co-op income restrictions apply. Amenities include bicycle storage, laundry facility, and is pet friendly. CC $349. Asking Price: $299,000. Time on the Market: 57 days. Agent: Jill Letts, Corcoran Group.


Clinton Hill
338 Clinton Ave. #3
1,165 s/f two bedroom, 2-bath with beamed ceilings, ornate detail throughout, custom designed kitchen and bath. Historic townhouse on tree-lined block right off subway route. CC: $331. Asking Price: $1,050,000. Time on the Market: 21 days. Agents: Shannon Insana & Katie Feola, Corcoran Group; Jerry Minsky, Douglas Elliman.
Park Slope
449 9th St. #2R
One bedroom co-op with wood-burning fireplace, professionally designed kitchen with stainless appliances, country farm sink. Large rear facing bedroom, with exposed brick wall, and sapce for a home office. Renovated bath. Brownstone building steps from the F train, CC: $676. Asking Price: $459,000. Time on the Market: 34 days. Agent: Carolyn Cedar, Douglas Elliman.

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