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News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Building Right Next To 626 Flatbush? $14 Million Later, Jonas Owns It.

15 Crooke & 620 Flatbush, from Real Deal

The Q's discussed Jonas Equities before, a relative newcomer to the scene that seems willing to pay crazy prices for rent stabilized apartments - like 620 Flatbush, the building that not incidentally happens to lease to local Ital destination sensation Scoops. Jonas also scooped up 15 Crooke Ave over in Caledonia for about the same , and for that price Real Deal calls it $265,000 per apartment. 15 Crooke, for you northerners, is over by the Parade Ground, and the Q is confident that all of Caledonia will one day fetch a pretty penny. Maybe that one day is...tomorrow?

Think about it. Were it coops or condos, 15 Crooke would be $265,000 per apartment. But they're NOT coops or condos. They're stabilized apartments, perhaps fetching (currently) on average $1,000 a month, in Brooklyn's densest sub-neighborhood (Caledonia) that until oh so recently wasn't on any investor's map. All this money! I mean, the math don't figure. I know something is happening here, but I'm simply not clue in enough to understand it. Yes, yes, they'll force or buy out as many tenants as they can. We've seen that strategy many times before. But will another buyer actually top $15 million bucks for either of these modest sized buildings? On what valuation is this sort of price warranted? And remember, this is the same company that bought longtime slumlord hellhole 115 Ocean Avenue for TWENTY SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS, or $290,000 per apartment. Hey, it's on the park, but...what the HELL GIVES?

Are we witnessing the influx of "sheltered money" from someplace else, or has the whole world gone absolutely mad and started buying hamburgers for fifty bucks without batting a french fry? Actually, an article in the Old Gray Lady about how hedge fund Blackstone has accumulated an enormous portfolio of real estate seems well-timed to provide one possible answer. With the world's deepest pockets putting their largesse into big ticket houses, buildings etc. one wonders whether it's all a Ponzi Scheme in process. God knows we've been through it before, and Big Finance has short memories. Musical chairs, and the last one with their pants down loses. Actually, that's not how musical chairs is played, nor in my opinion should it be. Pants stay on. Mixed metaphor, sorry.

All the details of the above from Real Deal.


bored at work said...

The numbers clearly make sense to the investors. You can borrow money for almost nothing, and you get a return on investment that is relatively safe. That ROI will grow over time as rents rise. And you can guarantee that rents rise by making major capital improvements that pay for themselves many times over once they are approved by DCHR.

parade ground neighbors said...

Stop calling it Caledonia(n). The name derivation represented an institution which caused the demise of the quality of life in its catchment area through class, income, race and creed in the half-of-a century we experienced its malfeasance. Trust us, we were here and not elsewhere.
Do we have a name substitution? We know the role- name it before you conquer it; is't that what you are doing? Try simply by geography: Ocean('s)/Parkside, Parade Ground/Parkside. It's how your neighborhood is named. Would you like Downstate Building G as a name? We would ask the first gentrifiers, the Neanderthals but...

Clarkson FlatBed said...

I appreciate the history. But I also appreciate silly humor. No one is calling it Caledonia but me. I don't like to explain a joke, so really, relax.

If you have a suitable name, please share. Your suggestions above aren't very catchy. And the comparison to "Downstate Building G" is absurd.

I look forward to your ideas. And remember, this is meant as sarcasm. The hospital was bizarrely called The Caledonian. It's too rich not to poke fun at.

BK49 said...

I'm old enough to remember the (legitimate) complaints banks redlining neighborhoods like PLG and the general unwillingness of investors of any kind to invest in inner-city neighborhoods. Now that these neighborhoods are experiencing robust levels of investment, the complaining is louder than ever. The more things change...

Anonymous said...

Baseball stadium a-comin' to PLG. You heard it here first!