A 5-Bedroom Brooklyn Home with Swimming Pool for $949K? Only in the Movies
PARK SLOPE — If a single family home near Brooklyn College with five bedrooms, a sunroom, formal living room, parking garage and a large pool for $949,000 sounds too good to be true — that's because it is.
Real estate junkies were briefly fooled by a wall full of fake listings at Brooklyn Properties' Park Slope real estate office at 113 7th Ave. on Monday, after staffers posted them to participate in a film shoot for "The Intern," a movie starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.
"The photo listings in this window are almost real," read a disclaimer in Brooklyn Properties' window Sunday night. "What you see in this window was created by the art director. Some of it is real and some of it isn't. To be certain of anything, inquire within."
Among the other bogus listings were a "charming" two-family Park Slope brownstone with a landscaped garden for $1.8 million and an alcove studio with panoramic views and an eat-in-kitchen in a Brooklyn College co-op for $130,000.
A woman answering the phone at Brooklyn Properties said the listings were created using a mix-and-match of the firm's existing homes on the market, but the only ones that were legitimate were those that had a web ID listed (like a three-bedroom Park Slope duplex with a common garden and roof deck for $1.125 million).
The fictitious listings were removed by 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, she said.
In the film, Hathaway plays an owner of a fashion website who is ordered to work with a "senior" as an intern, according to a Ditmas Park blog. Instead of a high school or college senior, that senior turns out to be a senior citizen, played by De Niro, the blog wrote.