Event: Pre-launch event for the two-family townhouse at 709 Sackett Street in Park Slope
In the house: Mostly brokers, along with developer/designer Eitan Baron and a couple of potential buyers
Menu: Rosé, prosecco, and beer from the Blue Point Brewing Company. Burgers, hot dogs, and grilled vegetables cooked on the spot, plus truffle popcorn to snack on. Dessert was ice cream from Brooklyn's own Ample Hills Creamery.
Overheard: "I'll do deals anywhere. I've done deals on Coney Island. It's all the same. You run the comps. You do the deal."
Baron's Greenstone has taken a former auto body shop on a quiet block between Fourth and Fifth Avenues and transformed it into a townhouse with two condos stacked on top of each other within. It seems like an excellent use of the lot on the residential street. Thus far, the eco-tastic development has earned buzz for its door prize of a free Tesla with the $6M triplex. But now, let's see if the project lives up to the hype.
Each of the two units have four bedrooms, en-suite laundry, and multi-zone radiant heat. Residence 1 is listed at $6 million with $625.34 a month in maintenance and $952.73 a month in taxes. It comes with a one-car private garage for the Tesla Model S also included with your purchase (a charging station is also included). There are two full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, and the interior space totals 3,222 square feet. There is also 970 square feet of outdoor space, which includes a courtyard in the middle of the structure, complete with a fire pit, reclaimed wood bench, and stone brought in from a quarry in Sparta, New Jersey, and a rooftop terrace. There is also a basement recreation room well suited for a home theater. Town Residential is managing sales.
The extremely spacious kitchen in residence 1 includes a motorized skylight with rain sensors to trigger automatic closure.
Residence 2 is cheaper, listed at $2.995 million with $400.24 a month in maintenance and $609.77 a month in taxes. There are two full bathrooms and one half bathroom, 1,771 square feet of interior space, and 812 square feet of exterior space across multiple levels with views of Lower Manhattan. There's also 131 square feet of cellar storage.
Among those actually looking at the building, one couple was quite keen on the outdoor space, but both couples were unsure they could afford it. (This seems reasonable.)
A fine time seemed to be had by all. The two hits of the evening? The burgers, and the developer's son. While there is a major price difference between the two units, the less expensive one does boast some amazing views.
—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.
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