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House Hunters Enamored With the Views From Love Lane Mews Apartment

By DNAinfo Staff on May 1, 2012 12:15pm

By Thornton McEnery

Special to DNAinfo

9 College Pl. Apt #2L
2-bedroom, 2 bath
$1.485 million

Common Charges: $1,228

Taxes: $68

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — If a two-bedroom apartment could ask questions, this second-floor unit at the much discussed Love Lane Mews would ask: "Do you like Brooklyn Heights, like, more than a friend?"

Because while the 1,502-square-foot unit features exposed brick, a large kitchen area furnished with brand new appliances from Viking and GE, a working fireplace and two nicely sized bedrooms, it also features a living room with an enormous floor-to-ceiling window that gives new meaning to putting one in the "heart of a neighborhood."

"The windows in that unit are exceptional," bragged a broker from Manhattan Skyline while offering up free chocolate Sunday and selling potential buyers on the wonders of New York's "First Suburb," as Brooklyn Heights was once considered.

"Wow, those folks can't be happy," said a man looking out the window at an exceptionally close view of the neighbors. "That’s a pretty crazy sight."

He was referring to the two senior citizens seated at their kitchen table in the brownstone that lies about 25 feet from the glassed edge of apartment 2L.

The couple gazed back across their yard at the strangers with whom they might soon have a very unique relationship at the Mews, which converted a parking garage into 38 homes, some duplexes, many with private outdoor garden or terrace space.

"That would get creepy," said the potential buyer before moving on to other available units in the building.

As a young mother of a stroller-bound toddler found herself unable to negotiate the narrow entrance landing of the unit or the short staircase below it, her husband toured alone.

"Seems like a strange thing to find in a neighborhood like this," the woman muttered.

Inside, her husband appreciated the modern flair of the space, but seemed to find himself longing for the more antiquated feel of historical Brooklyn Heights — much like the brownstone across the yard full of midcentury detail.

"I'd trade in all this shininess for less money and some 'creak' and character," he pondered aloud. "But that is a nice kitchen."