A Peek Inside Pier House

Curbed gets a tour of the recently opened model in Pierhouse.

The model unit is a duplex-style apartment, like several others in the building, and is located on the fifth floor of the larger of the two residential buildings, 90 Furman Street. (The other is located at 130 Furman Street.) The interiors showcase the minimalist style now considered de rigueur for new developments in Brooklyn: There are 600-year-oldreclaimed heartwood pine floors throughout; walnut cabinets and marble countertops; and an elegant bathtub placed in the center of the bathroom. The development as a whole features 106 one- to-five bedroom units, along with a 192-room hotel that residents can access by signing up for a special amenities package, according to Von Spreckelsen.

The author took a ton of photos, and the article features details on decor, pricing, and amenities.

Regardless of your thoughts on the building…would you want to live here? And do the views and location make these apartments–78 of 106 of which have already been sold–a steal at $2.85 million? The Curbed commenters are less than impressed–what say you?

Read the full article at Curbed, and come back and let us know!

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  • Jorale-man

    I must agree with the Curbed commenters. The sample unit really doesn’t look very appealing. The layout is narrow and the bedroom seems claustrophobic. (Also: wood from 600-year-old trees? Really?). It’s all the more sad that Promenade views have been compromised so some rich people can have their walnut cabinets, marble countertops and “meditation room.”

  • AEB

    Elegance is refusal.

    –Dianna Vreeland

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    After looking at the floor plans and photos of the Pierhouse units, it is clear that the two BBP Board Members who bought into this project truly deserve these ill-conceived layouts and banal finishes.

  • CHatter

    Looks like they accidentally styled the bowling alley (was that one of the listed amenities?) instead of a model apartment.

  • HereToStay

    We’ve all seen places like this — crappy in the photos, but amazing in person. I used to feel the same way about 1BBP — all the listing photos looked terrible, but when we went to go check out the places there; we had to admit how the view and location made the place feel special. I’m willing to bet this place is the same. No height restriction on what they can build at the JH headquarters behind it — my guess is that will end up being the tallest building in Brooklyn with amazing views…

  • http://justbeyondthebend.com/ Joe Dudas

    Not featured: the $2.85M units facing the BQE.

    Also not featured: The poor access to public transit.

  • CHatter

    Excellent point, the professional photos commissioned for ultra-high-end developments always do such a huge disservice to the rich reality of….hey wait a minute, that’s actually never the case. I hope whoever pays you to post this drivel isn’t shelling out a lot, you’re terrible at it.

    I’m not opposed to development that improves land or that represents the highest and best use of a parcel. But let’s be honest, these units are one heart-shaped hot tub away from becoming Mt Airy Lodge (Brooklyn branch).

  • HereToStay

    What on earth are you talking about? Nobody pays me… I live here with my family in BH and simply just don’t subscribe to all the “no development is good development” garbage spewed here. You are just a very bitter person. Go visit one of the apartments in person and then report back. Look, I cant afford to live there, but so what!

  • HereToStay

    And do you not think these are going to sell out? Yeah, I guess every buyer is some kind of dope just because they get paid well and can afford it. Get over yourself and move on with life.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Crap art on the walls in the model unit. Any of you have the dough to land a pad like that, don’t let an interior decorator touch your walls, go to Chelsea and find someone with at least a Masters in art history. Or come talk to me. ;)

  • Reggie

    I keep hearing this “no height restriction” claim so I looked at the zoning map. The JW headquarters in an M zone. It would need to be rezoned if a new residential building were to be constructed. Discussion of building height would certainly come up during ULURP.

  • Boerum Bill

    Looks amazing! Will there be a lobby-level panic room to escape the thugs chasing you through the park?

  • Concerned

    LOL!!! I assume this will be treated like a fortress, similar to casinos in Vegas. Once you’re outside, you’re on your own…and God help you!!!
    Besides, you know most of the residents will be frequenting the basketball courts….

  • Greg

    I want to say no one in their right mind could conceivably drop so much cash for BQE-side units. But that didn’t stop One Brooklyn Bridge Park. Absolutely unbelievable.

  • A Tree

    Eh, don’t take it personally. Apparently anyone who doesn’t agree every word of certain commenters here are all paid shills. I’ve been accused of it too.

  • A Tree

    I had the same thought – and those units must be going for similar prices as the skyline views units.

  • Guest

    First, I’m pretty sure that every single unit in this building actually has a park view. That’s kind of their marketing hook. Second, the units in One Brooklyn Bridge that fave the highway go for significantly less. That’s one of the reasons that all those “save Pier 6″ people are trying to block the building at Pier 6. Most of them live one the south side of the building and they know that if that building gets built, the value of their units will go down just like their neighbors to the west

  • Concerned

    If “heretostay” was a paid commenter, it would at least explain his/her ridiculous comments… He/she is a troll.

  • Sick of development

    At our recent co-op meeting we were informed that the real estate taxes on our small building were going up $10,000 next year because of the new development in the area which has raised property values.

    The new buildings are going to cost all of us more money as greedy real estate developers line the pockets of our elected officials. So there is a genuine downside to unbridled development that is more than just a “nimby” response. Not only do these new buildings destroy our views, crowd our neighborhood and greatly change its character, but it costs us all actual dollars too.

  • MaryT

    You’d think so, right? It still amazes me that people spend big bucks to live under the Manhattan bridge. Rumble and roar, exhaust galore. I guess they have different ideas about habitability.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    And, we lost a hospital, gained more crime, lost a movie theatre and are about to lose our library because of it. Public transportation will be more and schools will be more crowded. Higher taxes — for what? A worse quality of life due to all the services we’re not getting?

    Besides vowing to overthrow ALL our current local politicians, why not meet at the shore of BBP and dump tea into the East River?

  • http://justbeyondthebend.com/ Joe Dudas

    If you look down from the Heights promenade, there are plenty of units facing the BQE. …unless you mean Squibb Park :)

  • R.O.Shipman

    I think he’s suggesting that the units with rooms facing the BQE also have rooms facing the park. No idea if that is true, doesn’t seem particularly plausible. But who knows, I haven’t checked out any floor plans for the building.

  • http://justbeyondthebend.com/ Joe Dudas

    Ah, I see. Yes that could very well be the case, looking at the bedroom sides: http://www.pierhouseny.com/floorplans

  • History Buff

    Floorplans showing location and view: http://www.pierhouseny.com/floorplans

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    I was accused of liking the new Ramen restaurant on Henry. Found that one odd.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    We live in a safe neighborhood. No reason to bring up one or two instances that have happened.

  • Roberto Gautier

    It’s baffling to imagine who would want to live in a crowded public park! It’s a bit embarrassing to read how marketers brag about 600 year old trees as part of the décor for their ritzy retreat in the shadows of the Brooklyn Bridge. This odd use of natural resources reminded me of the dentist who killed the protected lion on his hunting trip to Africa to obtain another trophy for his wall. The entire project embodies the imagery of Conquistadores (Toll Bros.) pillaging and plundering from Brooklynese who only wanted to protect what they thought was beautiful.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I was told by a certain organization that I would be compensated for my remarks on this blog but I’m still waiting for the check to show up. Very disappointing business, shilling. I’m thinking of calling 311.

  • Guest

    Yes, thank you. That’s exactly what I meant. Generally the living rooms face the park and the water and the bedrooms face Brooklyn Heights