Penthouse owner at Greene House Condos speaks
Oft-maligned for its' out-of-context build, smallish kitchens for large-ish price point, ugly exterior, generally-inflated prices, our favorite condominium to beat up on does get plenty of brownie points for its' great selection of appliances.
Today, over at Brownstoner, coverage of the Brooklyn Papers article brought an owner out of the woodwork. This guy apparently purchased one of the 1400 sq ft penthouse units with 1000 square foot terrace (color me jealous).
- Here's what he had to say:
How about another point of view, from one who is buying a penthouse at GreeneHouse. First, I paid much less than $1,000/sq ft. The apartment has about 1450 sq ft intererior and 1000 outside. Even ignoring the outdoor space, at $1.2 million that's less than $850/ sq ft.
Second, because the tower is set way back, from many street angles it is barely visible. And let's face it. It is at the edge of the district, with many of the prime blocks far away from its shadow. I do feel sorry for folks who lost some light because of the building, but anyone who buys a brownstone because they love light would have to be a little nuts.
With only 27 units, the building houses about as many people as there might have been had houses been built on the large lot. The residential tower takes up a relatively small portion of the lot.
I chose GreeneHouse because it offers a blend of old and new. I happen to love contrasts; uniformity can be so boring. And I honestly believe that in the long run the project will benefit the neighborhood by providing alternative housing choices for those who cannot afford or don't want a brownstone.