Seller Of Record-Breaking 212 Columbia Heights Relocates To One Brooklyn Bridge Park

Former literary agent Nina Lorez Collins—who recently sold her Brooklyn Heights home at 212 Columbia Heights for a (then) record-crushing $11 million—has lapped up a 3,482 square foot “townhouse-style” condo with private pocket terrace at One Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Two days after closing the sale of her 7,000sf Columbia Heights townhouse, the publishing honcho paid $3.51 million for the 4-bedroom, 3-bath unit—offering more than the listing price of $3.08 million from the summer 2010 listing, according to The New York Observer.

Collins’ new home is among the “townhouse” styles facing the harbor, with its own private entrance. Built as a duplex, the living area and one bedroom are located on the upper floor with two more bedrooms and master suite on the lower level, spread across the 3,482 square feet.

(Photo: New York Observer)

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  • AEB

    A rags to riches tale….

  • Publius

    Not only is BHB now celebrity starf**k TMZ-like, but also with the real estate porn. Kinda sad.

  • Livingston

    Maybe you should stop reading BHB, Publius, since it no longer meets your exalted tastes? (Can’t say the same about your vocabulary)

  • David on Middagh

    As a real-estate ignoramus, I’m curious: why does a buyer pay more than the original listing price? Is the price bid up only when there’s immediate competition, or can it be a tactic to seal a deal even when no other offers are on the table?

  • She’s Crafty

    Nice amount to bank for the future!

  • Livingston

    BTW, NYPost is reporting that 70 Willow sold for $12.5 million. So I guess that makes it the new “record crusher” in the Heights — although the Post is characterizing it as a “steal” (à la Grand Theft).

  • EHinBH

    Nice homes – glad for all involved.

  • Lenbee

    Hey Publius,
    I think your negative comment about the BHB is unjustified.
    Chuck Taylor’s recent news and events coverage addresses the complex realities of what defines The Heights as a special and diverse neighborhood. The fact that the seller of the $11M home decided to remain in Bklyn. offers testament that the “value” of residing in The Heights goes well-beyond a person’s bank account.
    Anyone who deems themselves “above” being somewhat interested in R.E., be they an “owner or renter ,” comes across as a snob in print.

  • gc

    I’m pretty sure that means the two most recent owners of 212 are now both living at 1BBP!

  • Jorale-man

    I guess she’ll be enjoying aged cognacs with Stephen and Vanessa on her “pocket terrace.”

  • stuart

    1 BBP is a great building. I thought so from the first time I was given a tour and shown some apartments. I’m happy it is doing well in these iffy times. The bathrooms alone are a fantasy for those of us who live in pre-war buildings in dear ancient old Brooklyn Heights. People just didn’t go to the bathroom that much in the old days. These bathrooms are as big as living rooms. And there’s also a powder room. And there’s also a washer/drier. And the air conditioning doesn’t come from a little tin box you have to haul into the window. I’m tellin’ ya. it’s not bad.

  • lois

    Gonna miss my neighbor, but wish her the best of everything in her new digs.

  • lori

    Livingston, The NY Post’s calling the purchase of 70 Willow a steal was a play on words, since the buyer is the creator/designer of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games. I just get a kick out of the fact that they keep calling it the Truman Capote house – he never owned the building but resided in a studio in the basement of the building.

  • Degs

    I do think that using people’s actual names in a story like this seems somewhat invasive and unnecessary, since the person involved would not generally be considered a public figure, and seems simultaneously TMZ-ish but also a bit like the reports of trivial comings and goings in a small town newspaper. It is rumored that the sale docs for 212 Columbia Heights include a confidentiality provision that prevents everyone concerned from disclosing the identity of the buyers. This story shows why people might want such a provision.

  • Heightsman

    She was living on my street and interested in each post but also feel bad that all the details are out there…damn here “blog” is very interesting. So I guess I am glad because I wouldn’t have read it. What to feel…

  • gatornyc

    Deeds are public record. The only way to make real estate transactions confidential is to purchase properties using corporate entities. It’s done all the time. If you don’t want the details out, there are ways to do it, but it wasn’t done here. It’s in the public domain and fair game.