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Previewing Crown Heights' New Crop of (Partially Red) Condos

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Event: Grand opening for Crown Heights' Bergen House condos
In the house: Brokers from aptsandlofts.com, a lender, and lots of house hunters
Menu: Pastries, fruit, orange juice, and boxed coffee
Observed: A chilly crowd waiting for the front door to be opened

The pastries were set up in the bright-red kitchens with care, with hopes that buyers soon would be there. And somehow, that worked. Despite not being 100-percent-polished in every way, The Bergen House, a Crown Heights condo building from Boaz Gilad's uber-prolific development firm Brookland Capital, attracted hordes of buyers to its grand opening yesterday anyway. Low inventory, Brookland thanks thee.

The six-story, 36-unit building has studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. A 407-square-foot studio is asking at $355,000, while a 443-square-foot studio wants slightly more: $399,000. The one-bedroom units listed range from 573 square feet for $435,000 to 617 square feet for $459,000. Listings are not yet live for the two-bedroom units.

There was at least one couple that thought the prices were a little high for the area, but most, including a couple from Hell's Kitchen simply looking for an investment purchase, thought they were reasonable.

None of the two-bedroom units were being shown. Also not shown was the roof, which isn't furnished but counts as communal space that'll be accessible to future residents. (Curbed NY took a self-guided tour of the roof, though, so see below for photos.)

You won't have to leave home to do your laundry, but the way you do it will vary from unit to unit. Some have a closet with hookups to stack a full-size washer and dryer, but some only have a single washer/dryer combos in what would otherwise be a lower kitchen cabinet.

Onto the kitchen, where the cabinets are basically fire-engine red. To say they stood out when the developer first sent out photos would be an understatement. In person, one potential buyer said the color was "less oppressive" than he thought it would be based on the online photos, and few were really bothered by it. Still, nobody was wild about it.

The bathrooms are the same across the studios and one-bedrooms. One potential buyer liked them, but felt there was wasted space. The bathrooms have radiant heat, but the rest of the apartment is heated and cooled by a unit mounted on the wall.

Some of the units don't have a ton of closet space. We hope you don't have a lot of possessions!

There's a window at the end of each corridor, which leaves them a bit on the dark side.

The building has a bike room, though the number of slots could not be confirmed. It is open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. The building has 19 parking spots. The uncovered spots can be purchased for $25,000 apiece. The price of a covered spot was unavailable.

And now, for a full photo tour:


—Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.
· The Bergen House [official]
· All 954 Bergen Street coverage [Curbed]
· Mapping the Changes that Boaz Gilad Is Bringing To Brooklyn [Curbed]
· Hangover Observations archive [Curbed]