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Brooklyn Real Estate: 199 State Street

Moving past our regular stomping ground we went to Brooklyn Height-ish to take a look at 199 State Street, otherwise known as the Lookout Hill. Don’t be deterred that there’s no real hill, and there isn’t enough height for a “lookout”, this condominium exceeds expectations. We came here to view 4C — a 2 BD / 2 BA on Streeteasy with stunning photos. We were surprised to see that there were in fact 3 open houses that day one of which was an almost identical unit on the 6th floor — more on marketing properties later. Unfortunately, this being our last stop that day, we were only able to make 2 / 3 open houses.

4C was being marketed by Corcoran — my husband and I immediately recognized the agent — he was the first agent we met when we had begun looking for a house earlier this year. Back then he was showing a hard-to-sell unit in 53 Boerum Place. During our inspection of 53 Boreum my husband had asked him why there were 2 inch gaps between the planks on the ¬†floor, he explained it was, “natural wear and tear”, which didn’t impress us as much of an answer back then, but looking back on it — it was probably the truth. The Look Out was completed in 2006 –so all of these units now were resales. We usually don’t like new development resales — the tax abatement are usually in progress (12 years left on this one), and isn’t the point of new developments … that they’re new? But lo we liked these. The building doesn’t feel like most new developments, it’s intimate with a distinct Brooklyn flavor, meaning it has some character. The units also didn’t have the typical glossy floor-to-cieling windows, theirs were generous but in an old world kind of way. Even the doors to closets had old-world molding. The bathrooms especially the master bathroom was lush, inviting marble, his and her sinks, and a deep soaking tub with all that implies.

The going price for all of this lux was $935k for 4C and $999k for 6B. The two were nearly identical — 6B being slightly larger at 1293 sq ft compared to 4C’s 1220. The main differences seemed to be 6B’s jaw dropping walk-in pantry — a feature I never thought I would covet so badly, and its rooms seemed a tad larger. Between the two units, we were more impressed with 6B — a surprise since we’d never have guessed this was the better of the two units from the photos. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it but 6B just seemed to both of us “more worth the price”, it was on a higher floor (though both look out at a quiet courtyard) it seemed roomier, and the layout really flattered the movement of the apartment.

All that said, both units were beautiful, and we try as we might we couldn’t contain the neighborhood envy. If only we had just a few more minutes to checkout the 1 BD room Penthouse units, from the brochures those seemed quite stunning as well. More for next time I suppose.

Disclaimer: These reviews were written before I was a real estate agent, and reflects my previous opinions solely as a buyer.