Four Cheaper Alternatives to Brooklyn's Priciest Real Estate

CurbedMarch 08, 2012
Welcome back to Splurge/Steal, a feature that we've shamelessly borrowed from our friends at Eater. In it, we give you five high-class apartments in a particular neighborhood and five more affordable (but still probably not all that affordable) versions of each one. Up today: some of the most extreme properties in Brooklyn. Got any tips? Send them in to our tipline.

1 Main Street #9A ($3,400,000) / 370 Ocean Parkway #9KL ($625,000) Similarities: The Ocean Parkway co-op stacks up to this condo in Dumbo's Clock Tower Building in more ways than you might expect. Both have roughly the same square-footage (2,000), number of rooms (5, 6, respectively), and number of doormen (1, full time). The Clock Tower has a common roof deck, while Ocean Parkway has a private terrace.
Differences: From the Clock Tower's roof deck, you can gaze out over lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, whereas from Ocean Parkway's terrace you can gaze out over...other parts of Brooklyn. The main difference here is location—the Clock Tower is as close to Manhattan as you can get without actually, you know, being in Manhattan, and Ocean Parkway is left languishing in Kensington, where people act all crazy in the post office

125 Oceana Drive East #PH2A ($4,999,999) / 601 Brightwater Court #5J ($469,000) Similarities: These two apartments are within a mile of each other, each have three bedrooms, and Brightwater Court (the steal) actually has three full baths to Oceana Drive's 2.5. Differences: Size is a big difference. Oceana Drive has ten rooms to Brightwater Court's six, and, although the penthouse doesn't give a square footage, it's easy to see from the pictures that it is considerably more spacious (and that's not even taking into account the enormous private terrace.) The consensus, however, is that the $5 million ask is a bit much.

440 Kent Avenue #PHA/PHB ($4,995,000) / 80 Lorraine Street #101 ($399,000) Similarities: These two are both condos in close proximity to water, with open living room areas and large windows. And what Lorraine might lack in fanciness, it makes up for in not causing crippling depression. Differences: The actually proximity to water is a difference—Kent is on the water whereas Lorraine is simply near the water (compared to, say, Bushwick.) In addition Kent is 4,000 square feet to Lorraine's 1,560 square feet. And while Lorraine's floorplan is certainly open, it's nothing compared to the loftiness (get it?) of Kent's 30'x60' living/dining room.

189 Bridge Street #PH17/18 ($6,800,000) / 1392 East 18th Street #3A ($500,000) Similarities: These two condos are comparable in terms of beds and baths—Bridge Street has 5 and 5, while East 18th has 4 and 3. East 18th's roof space is similar to Bridge Street's five balconies and four terraces in the sense that all of those things are outside. Differences: These two are not actually similar at all. We just wanted an excuse to talk about 189 Bridge Street, which features a private elevator, twin glass spiral staircases, heated indoor parking, and a "centralized vacuum system." We don't even know what that means, but it sounds amazing. —Jeremiah Budin