We weren’t sure we were ever going to make to Brooklyn Gold. They’re not too friendly to walk-ins preferring potentials make appointments, And we — having been spoiled by the accommodating nature of 80 Dekalb and the Brooklyner prefer to walk-in. But we finally made (and kept) an appointment and were immediately impressed. Their marketing materials were hefty with solid print materials, and the sales office was well kept and orderly.
The agent showed us model units on their sales floor (9th) but at our “price range” ($3k – $4k) for a 2BD / 2 BA they were offering us the lowly 4th – 5th floor . So the views the agent admitted, “could be different”. But there’s still a lot to like about these units. They had totally marbleized their bathrooms — practically floor to ceiling, including a deep soaking tub. The kitchens came equipped with modern stainless steel appliances, cesar stone tops, tiled floors, and were generally roomy with dining capable kitchen islands. Hardwood floors throughout, and I especially liked the seamless integration of technology, FIOS ready, and built in custom speakers (surround sound) they even had volume controls for built-in iPod docks, nice!
We liked the T-Line (9T) which had a hallway entrance — making it seem more spacious, with unobstructed Empire State views, as opposed to the V-line (9V) whose living room looked out to a fairly grim space between buildings. The units were priced surprisingly 4V 2 BD / 2 BA overlooking the space between buildings ran at $3,495 gross, $3,204 with a 12mo lease, and $2,913 for an 18mo lease. 5T similar spec but slightly smaller with much better views (Empire) – $3,350 gross, $3,071 for a 12mo lease, and $2,792 for 18 mos. Finally 4S — sort of between T and V — nice space but only Brooklyn views – $3,200 gross, $2,933 12/mo and $2,667 for 18 mos.
The complex itself was amenity packed, though much of it was not yet ready. It had an almost ready 6,000 sq. ft of gym / fitness center, 24 hour doorman, bike storage, and additional common storage. They also boasted a 50ft sky-lit pool which surprisingly did not have a life guard. There were other amenities listed in the brochure but we didn’t get to see: roof decks, and a a residential lounge (with WIFI). Perhaps they weren’t ready.
All that said, the complex is doing quite well. They had already fully rented the 3 other buildings that were up, the one we were looking at had just opened in August and was already at 35%, and there plans to unveil the 5th and final building in the summer of 2011. All good signs for Downtown Brooklyn development. Interestingly enough, the management company is the same as our old stomping ground – 100 Maiden Lane, and while there were a couple leaky starts and stops we enjoyed living there.
Disclaimer: These reviews were written before I was a real estate agent, and reflects my previous opinions solely as a buyer.