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Luxury Comes to Gowanus with $8,500 Apartments

GOWANUS — If the location, location, location you're looking for is a gritty industrial neighborhood, then you'd better be willing to pay for it.

A new Gowanus luxury building boasting balconies, a roof deck and a part-time doorman will start renting apartments this weekend — and will cost up to $8,500 a month.

The 51-unit building at 202 Eighth St., by Fourth Avenue, will offer studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms outfitted with sleek kitchens, plentiful windows and oak flooring, according to the development's website.

Rents range from $2,475 for a studio up to $8,500 for a three-bedroom with two bathrooms and a terrace. Those prices are relatively high — the average rent for a studio in nearby Park Slope was $1,800 last month, according to the latest figures from the real estate tracking service MNS Real Estate.

Rents for one-bedrooms at 202 Eighth St. range from $2,950 to $3,999, while the average one-bedroom rent in Park Slope is $2,466.

The 12-story development, whose opening was previewed on Curbed, features amenities such as a private courtyard, "oversized" balconies on some units and kitchens that "bring nouveau bistro design to all your artisanal feasts," according to the website.

Though the building is directly across the street from the new P.S. 118 (the Maurice Sendak Community School), it's zoned for P.S. 124 on Fourth Avenue and 14th Street.

The building overlooks busy Fourth Avenue, which has seen its once gritty character change recently with a spate of new development that shows no signs of slowing.

The developers of 202 Eighth St. started work on the building back in 2008, but halted when the economy tanked, The Real Deal reported.