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Got $6 million? You could live here.

The highest-priced apartment with the biggest balcony in the tallest building in Brooklyn is now on sale, along with seven other so-called “Clocktower Residences,” at the borough’s iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank building.

The former headquarters of dozens of dentists is now causing a different kind of pain — but only in the envious spleens of people who can’t afford such rarefied digs.

“Look at this view!” said Brenda Vemich, the director of sales for the building, which is now called One Hanson Place, as she recently showed off Apartment 26, the lowest of the eight “Clocktower” apartments, but the largest thanks to its 3,000-square-foot terraces.

Spilling out from windows on all sides were wraparound views of New York: the Empire State Building in a striking profile out the dining room windows, Lower Manhattan from the living room, the site of the Frank Gehry–designed Atlantic Yards project from the “maid’s room,” and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from the master bedroom.

Such views come at a price. Clocktower apartments begin at $2.75 million and go all the way up to that $5.875-million stratosphere. But you get at least part of what you pay for: The luxury building offers all the amenities that high-end buyers have come to expect (even in Brooklyn) — plus free concierge service for two years.

“These homes will be luxurious above and beyond expectation,” Vemich said.

One Hanson Place is one of three Manhattan-style luxury buildings that are the talk of a certain group of people (certainly rich, that is).

The Richard Meier–designed On Prospect Park, which commands the corner of Plaza Street East and Eastern Parkway at Grand Army Plaza like a 10-tiered wedding cake commands a dais, has seven penthouses.

And at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, the former Jehovah’s Witness building on Furman Street that’s sandwiched in between the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway and the site of Brooklyn Bridge Park, seven of the 24 penthouses have been sold — one to Vemich’s boss, Elizabeth Stribling, founder and head of Stribling & Associates.

Vemich couldn’t have been too pleased when Stribling plunked down $6.6 million for a One Brooklyn Bridge Park penthouse — and then told the New York Post, “I’ve never seen a more beautiful view in my life!”

But Vemich pointed out that her boss’s building is far from mass transit, shopping and cultural venues.

“One Hanson Place is for people who appreciate the … close proximity to the BAM Cultural District and direct access to transportation into the city,” Vemich said.

People who have a few million to spend, that is.

Updated 5:05 pm, July 9, 2018
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see from brooklyn says:
check out bridgeview tower.com
March 14, 2008, 5:52 am

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