New York Observer Reports On Record Setting Condo Purchase In Brooklyn Heights

Our Karl Junkersfeld sent us this link to a New York Observer report about a record setting condo sale here in Brooklyn Heights by what’s described as a “power couple” by the paper:

NYO: And according to city records, it looks like the record-setting per-square-foot condo price was no accident: Sean Casey and Emelie Kihlström just bought a fourth-floor unit at 9 College Place—a lovely little lane away from the not-so-busy main streets of Brooklyn Heights. They paid the developer nearly $2.19 million for the unit, which works out to the exact same price per square foot: $1,428.

Neither Mr. Casey nor Ms. Kihlström are strangers to the area, as both run businesses within walking distance of their new abode.

Ms. Kihlström is an investor at Colonie, a restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, where she used her charm and stunning Swedish looks to persuade a Department of Buildings official to not delay the restaurant’s liquor license (“He fell in love with her,” one of her partners told the South Brooklyn Post).

Mr. Casey, for his part, owns a more high-tech business than his wife’s farm-fresh restaurant: he is the founder of SocialGuide, which seeks to track the popularity of television shows through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The company was bought out in November by ratings giant Nielsen, which may explain the couple’s big first New York City home buy. (Though Mr. Casey’s payday might not have covered the whole purchase—the couple still took out a $1.4 million mortgage on their new home, according to city records.)

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  • GHB

    I know it’s public record, but is it now OK to name the buyers and how much they paid for their home? Not cool!

  • Wiley E.

    So, what.

  • Cranberry Beret

    I’m not sure what you mean by “now OK” since newspapers have been doing this forever about notable and expensive home sales.

    Anyway the whole premise of this story is bogus since it originated with a press release put out by the broker about this “record-setting” condo sale, which Curbed picked up earlier. Considering that I don’t think the Heights even had condos until a couple of years ago when BBP came in, there’s not exactly a lot of competition for this broker’s record. Plenty of Heights house have sold for a lot more money on a per-square-foot basis than this condo.

  • Hicks St Guy

    the Kihlstrom lady is awfully nice, met her at Colonie, and good luck to her.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Oh yes that part I agree with.

  • suzanne goss

    So glad to see that lookism is alive and well

  • David on Middagh

    If you’re right, CB, and I have no reason to doubt it, they can tell people they’re “just a couple of regular folks, living on the alley behind the drugstore.” ;)

  • ltap917

    I cannot imagine wanting to live there myself. The people who live on the ground floor might as well be living in a fishbowl. Their shades are kept down all day long.

  • MonroeOrange

    Who cares….you live in an alley with cat thieves! jk