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Josh Carter is a highly knowledgeable real estate professional, a native Brooklynite and an NYC real estate investor’s best friend. In his first quarter at Compass, Josh became the NYC buyer's best friend closing 6 condos and co-ops and exceeding each of his client's pricing and/or unit size expectations in each deal.
Historic brownstones, boutique shops, and fine dining in this charming residential neighborhood
When electric trolleys and railroad lines extended to Brooklyn in the 1880s, wealthy New Yorkers built their Victorian mansions in Park Slope, attracted by views of Prospect Park and the surrounding green space. It was known as “The Gold Coast” and an 1890 census showed the neighborhood to be the richest in the country. Investors soon bought groups of lots and built more modest Italianate brownstones in the area. Each investor would build a series of identical homes, and this is why streets in Park Slope look symmetrical. Later designs would include Queen Anne, Tudor and Neo-Grec architecture.
Today, this charming symmetry on tree-lined streets is part of Park Slope’s appeal. The well-preserved brownstones with rear gardens and parlor-level decks are highly coveted. Residents have included Barack Obama and celebrity couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinki. Most homes have been upgraded with marble flooring, high-end kitchens, deluxe master suites and curated modern accents while preserving their classic 19th century fireplaces, staircases, and custom woodwork. Some of the older mansions have been redeveloped into multi-use spaces. Ultra-modern luxury condominiums with penthouses, private balconies and concierge service are also popping up along Flatbush and Fourth Avenue.
You’ll find an eclectic vibe in Park Slope. Professionals and artists alike are attracted to the slower pace here compared to Manhattan. The residential streets are peaceful and quiet, giving them an almost small-town vibe. Locals know each other and lean towards a more-laid back lifestyle, spending their leisure time at the park or getting together with friends and family at a café or restaurant.
Park Slope has been ranked as one of the “most liveable neighborhood” in New York City because of its array of dining and shopping options. The majority of restaurants dot Fifth Avenue. Café Le Mistral is a modern French restaurant with a bossa nova house band. Convivium Osteria is a Mediterranean restaurant serving homemade pastas in a rustic farmhouse setting. They also have a wine cellar perfect for private events.
Even more popular, Al Di La Trattoria boasts some of the best Italian food in all of New York. At Bar Crudo, you’ll find locally sourced seafood, an oyster happy hour and live music. Known as “Brooklyn’s Hottest Latin Restaurant,” Bogota Latin Bistro is a popular spot for food, drinks and music.
Colombia Park Slope also has an extensive menu of Latin dishes. Or you can try Chela, they have authentic Mexican tacos and a selection of mezcal and tequila. For Asian fusion, Dumpling and Things serves dim sum and soups. For an amazing omakase experience, Sushi Katsuei serves high quality sushi and a great selection of sake.
When you’re looking for something low-key, Krupa Grocery offers American fare, picnic boxes, and take-and-bake meals. For something sweet, Not Just Chocolate has handmade chocolates with individually-carved designs. For an after-hours lounge, Barbes is a bustling bar hosting music, readings, and film nights.
Park Slope is also known for luxury boutiques, vintage shops, and an unbelievable number of organic and natural food stores. Bhoomki features designers making womenswear using organic materials. KIWI and Fig sells men’s clothing from international designers. La Belle Boutique and Encore Boutique have a quaint collection of unique items.
Community Bookstore hosts author events and readings and Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. has costumes and toys, with proceeds going towards a non-profit. For organic groceries, Green Ivy, DNY Natural Land and Park Slope Food Coop have wide selections of fresh produce and specialty products.
Considered the Central Park of Brooklyn, Prospect Park is an oasis with sports facilities, nature programs, hiking trails, horseback riding, and a dog beach. It also houses the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Prospect Park Zoo.
A beloved landmark, Nitehawk Cinema is the oldest movie theater in Brooklyn. It shows independent movies and patrons can dine and enjoy craft cocktails while watching. The Montauk Club, a members-only social club, hosts events year-round and is a sought-after wedding venue. For performances, Lena Horne Bandshell is a historic concert venue that hosts stage shows and outdoor concerts, including the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival.
Park Slope is served by Brooklyn School District 15.
Josh is requested because of his reputation for nurturing clients new to the market and making sure every investment is feasible for each client’s unique situation. Pied-à-Terre investors both local and foreign also welcome!