Eye On Real Estate: City Ordered 'Hazardous Materials' Cleanup in 2003
By Lore Croghan
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Whose house will beat Truman Capote's as the priciest of all in Brooklyn?
Four homes in Cobble Hill and Park Slope are for sale at asking prices that, if they hit their marks or get close, will surpass the $12.5 million paid last year for 70 Willow St.
“Grand Theft Auto” video game impresario Dan Houser bought the Brooklyn Heights Greek Revival house with 11 bedrooms, a stunning back porch – and private driveway – where the famed author lived while finishing “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and writing “In Cold Blood.”
The challengers looking to knock 70 Willow off the costliest-home-sale throne are being offered from $14 million to $16 million, The Real Deal first reported. They are:
* A 30.5-foot manse created by the team who designed the Cooper-Hewitt Museum
* A stunning rowhouse one of Brooklyn's top authors is selling
* A 50-foot wide limestone mansion whose architect designed the Bossert Hotel and the Prospect Park boathouse
* A property whose prior occupant, a jewelry maker, was slapped with a city order to clean up hazardous substances.
'SOUNDS LIKE THE TAJ MAHAL'
The house with the $16 million asking price, 177 Pacific St., is where the city Department of Environmental Protection ordered B. Gelbfish Chain Co. in 2003 to retain a hazardous materials contractor to clean up spilled nickel chloride, lead acetate and potassium bi-chromate, city records show. The company complied with the order, a 2004 DEP notice indicates.
The Cobble Hill property's seller, 177 Realty Corp., bought the 1904-vintage former stable and dwelling for $1.5 million in December 2011, city records show. A Douglas Elliman listing agent told The Real Deal that price is “inaccurate.” But no deed correction has been filed to amend it.
The 10,000-square-foot building is being renovated as a single-family home with an elevator, four indoor parking spaces, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a 20-person movie theater, gym, wine cellar – and a roof garden with a stream and “outdoor kitchen,” the property listing indicates.
Work is ongoing at the building – which shares the block with open-air parking lots and a parking garage. During a recent visit to 177 Pacific, a brief conversation with a man at the front door afforded a glimpse inside a sunlit room stacked with construction materials.
The Brooklyn Eagle phoned Abraham Saeed, president of 177 Realty Corp., who said, “I can't answer any questions until the house is finished.”
He wouldn't clarify whether he works and/or lives in Staten Island. His address in city Buildings Department and Landmarks Preservation Commission filings is that of the Staten Island law firm that repped his corporation in the purchase deal.
Listing agents declined through a spokeswoman to talk about 177 Pacific or provide renderings. Other real estate sources had plenty to say.
“It sounds like the Taj Mahal,” said one. “Does it come with a throne? I feel like there should be a harem room.
“Brooklyn is home-grown,” the source added. “The housing stock lends itself to a contained opulence, honoring the history of the neighborhood. This is like a Long Island McMansion.”