1BR, Brooklyn Heights
Tue Apr 26 2011
Photograph: Alex Strada
Christopher DeNicola, 27, law clerk; Audra Kaye Smith, 27, mental-health therapist
Broker's fee: 13% ($3,120)
Broker: Candice Vilaire, Brooklyn Heights Real Estate (917-405-7342, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Moved in: August 2010
The search: "We were in Union Square for a year," says DeNicola. "We'd received an offer to renew at that apartment, and when I called to ask a question, less than 30 days before end of lease, they informed us that they were rescinding the offer. So we decided it was an opportunity to look in Brooklyn. I had spent a lot of time there in the previous several years visiting friends, particularly in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill; I'd also spent a summer in law school living on State Street, so I was familiar with the area and I just thought it'd be nice to come back somewhere relaxing that had such a nice neighborhood feel [after work]. We also thought it would be an opportunity to find something more affordable. We started looking in Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill because we thought it'd be more affordable than Brooklyn Heights. Not sure if that's true now."
The neighborhood: "We just started thinking we'd like to be in Brooklyn Heights to be near a lot of subways," DeNicola says. "We also preferred Brooklyn Heights, just because we liked how it's not commercial and you don't see a lot of advertising. It's a drawback that there aren't as many restaurants, but it felt so residential and relaxed, and that appealed to us."
The apartment: "Two things that jumped out immediately on walking in: It has really nice wooden floors, not the parquet tiles; and the view when you're looking out the window is a view of the courtyard and a big tree and there's this dramatic red brick behind it," says DeNicola. "We have an elevator, we have access to the courtyard; we don't find ourselves using that much because we're so close to the old and new Brooklyn Bridge parks and also to Cadman Plaza."