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Clinton Hill “Gold Coast” Built by Charles Pratt

October 12, 2011

Much of the special look of Clinton Hill was created in the late 19th century.  A walk down the heart of the neighborhood affords wonderful views of stately mansions, 100-year-old apartment buildings, and vintage brownstones, especially along Clinton and Washington Avenues.

As home purchases in surrounding neighborhoods climb in price, prospective home owners are looking to the wonderful choices of brownstones and other homes in the more affordable Clinton Hill.

Charles Pratt, founder of the Pratt Institute, a Clinton Hill landmark, is responsible for the construction of many of the fine mansions found here.  As a result of the late 1800s building boom led by Pratt, Clinton Avenue was actually often referred to as the “Gold Coast.”

Many of those mansions are condos today; and together with the brick townhouses and historic brownstones, they are what make Clinton Hill such a popular place for people looking for a nice place to live.

“I think the reason people move here is because of the incredible housing stock,” said Merele Williams-Adkins of Corcoran Group, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1994. “I think it’s the exact same neighborhood. Just new people have moved in.”


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