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Real Estate Showcase - Brooklyn Properties



An impressive newcomer to Boerum Hill, the Baltic House combines the best of brownstone and highrise: intimate in scale, luxury in feel. Each of the nine spacious apartments of one, two, and three bedrooms has distinguishing finishes and details: wide-plank flooring, private terraces, Bosch kitchen appliances, Kohler Purist bathroom fixtures, all in all amounting to an upscale comfort level not previously seen in this thriving and historical district. A common roof terrace, video security, and bicycle storage add to the winning total, and at 360 Baltic you’re a half block from the buzzing shops, bars, and restaurants of Smith Street, with easy transportation to Manhattan. Prices start at $825,000; occupancy early 2008.

Helena Alvarez | 718-613-2027 | Halstead Property



There are condo conversions and then there’s One Brooklyn Bridge Park, a bold and bountiful 14-story building on the waterfront in Brooklyn Heights. The largest residential conversion in Brooklyn’s history, the fourteen-floor OBBP features loft apartments, townhouses, and penthouses up to four bedrooms, laid out with expansive, open floor plans. How about 13-foot ceilings, 9-foot windows (the better to eyeball harbor, city, bridge and sky), warm natural finishes, and clean modern lines? Many of the apartments will have distinctive original columns evoking the building’s industrial past. Among the cool continental amenities: European hardware by Colombo, custom kitchen cabinetry by Dada, and Hansgrohe bathroom fittings. The building, loaded with extras such as a music room with piano, indoor virtual golf and driving range, stands within the planned 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, and a short walk to top restaurants, shops, schools, and galleries. Prices start at $550,000. Occupancy late 2007.

Highlyann Krasnow | 718-330-0030 | The Developers Group



Urban Green, a landscaped oasis in the midst of buzzing waterfront Williamsburg, is a two-building beauty at 142 N. Sixth Street with 44 condos and all the 21st century comforts. At the center of the four- and five-story brick-clad buildings is a quiet courtyard with tree-lined paths, seasonal flowerbeds, and an anchoring fireplace. As Andy Gerringer, managing director of Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Development Marketing Group, puts it, “Urban Green has artfully brought residents back to nature.” The units, many with private outdoor spaces, range from studios to three bedrooms, with large windows, high ceilings, American Walnut floors; a doorman works the north building’s spacious lobby. The Bedford L train, one stop from Manhattan, is around the corner, and McCarren Park is but a short stroll. Prices starts in the $400,000s and occupancy will begin in early 2008.

Violet Boe | 718-486-7788 | Prudential Douglas Elliman

“We’re seeing a lot of activity in the neighborhoods adjacent to the established neighborhoods in Brooklyn. For example, a few years ago, those who would only consider Cobble Hill are now finding their way to Cobble Hill West,” says Christopher Thomas, of Brown Harris Stevens. “Customers are now researching so thoroughly on the Internet they know all there is to know about a given neighborhood, instead of coming to us with the old prejudices and assumptions.”