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An Exclusive First Look at 488 Sterling Place Brooklyn

Property of the Week: This three-bed eco-apartment is around the corner from the sprawling greenery of Prospect Park.

By Emma Al-Mousawi |  September 30 2021


Living Area 488 Sterling Place
The new development consists of 25 bespoke homes / ©Travis Mark

Family-run Brooklyn Home Company, a development firm of artists and builders known for creating innovative design-forward living spaces, has announced the launch of 488 Sterling Place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood.

The boutique eco-friendly condominium consists of 25 bespoke one- to four-bedroom homes and is located between the buzz of Classon and Washington Avenues, just three blocks from the famed Prospect Park.

With sustainability high on the building’s priority list, 488 Sterling Place has been crafted using cutting-edge Passive House design, an eco-friendly European building technique that Brooklyn Home Company utilizes in the majority of its new construction projects in the borough.

Frontage 488 Sterling Place

488 Sterling Place has been crafted using eco-conscious Passive House design / ©Travis Mark

In short, Passive House is a design technique that increases the insulation of the building exterior and introduces fresh filtered air into the indoor air environment. This lowers heating and cooling bills, reduces the building’s carbon footprint, and improves indoor air quality compared to typical home builds.

“A nice aspect of passive house principled design is you don’t have to make many compromises with the look and feel of the building in the design process. In some ways, you actually have more options during the design process,” said Bill Caleo, co-founder of The Brooklyn Home Company.

For example, with passive house design, you don’t have to worry about proper heating/cooling due to the superior insulation and windows (488 Sterling Place has used European triple pane glass which insulates and reduces noise pollution), so you can place the ducts or baseboard heaters almost anywhere and have the freedom to pick the place that informs the best design. This practice allows higher ceilings, less soffits and better room layouts as a result,” he continued.

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As well as Passive House design principles, the innovative studio consciously opted against using fossil fuels at 488 Sterling Place, choosing electric instead. “Our eye is on the objective of building residential homes with a lower carbon footprint and better indoor air quality. Buildings in NYC are the primary cause of carbon emissions, and it’s a necessity to change that statistic,” said Caleo.

Second Bedroom 488 Sterling Place

488 Sterling Place is located in Brooklyn’s family-friendly Prospect Heights area / ©Travis Mark

The largest residence at 488 Sterling Place currently available is apartment 3D. Opening the door into this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom luxury residence, potential owners will be struck by the amount of natural light, further enhanced by the home’s engineered white oak floors and lofty ceilings. 

Offering 1,811-sq-ft of living space, an oversized south-facing window provides an everchanging backdrop to the sizable dual aspect living and dining area. The chic adjoining open kitchen features grey-honed granite countertops and contemporary matte black fixtures and a range of upscale appliances carefully selected for their energy efficiency. On the roof, a private deck awaits for al fresco meals and lounging — the perfect space for entertaining. 

For optimal tranquility, bedrooms have been placed down a private hallway. The master suite features a 220-sq-ft bedroom, walk-in closet and a marble bathroom with custom cabinetry, double vanity and walk-in shower. Two further bright double bedrooms are served by another luxurious full bathroom.

The new owners of apartment 3D can also utilize an on-site gym, shared back garden, and optional parking with electric charge points.

Lindsay Barton Barrett, lead broker with Douglas Elliman, the listing agent for the development said: “It’s incredibly exciting to launch The Brooklyn Home Company’s largest project to date after witnessing hundreds of home buyers fall in love with their timeless aesthetic across Brooklyn. [The development] is a rare offering of homes with incredible sustainable elements in a crisp modern setting. The boutique nature of this building lends itself to the highly sought-after low-density living people want in 2021.”

Apartment 3D, 488 Sterling Place is on the market for $2.295m, 488sterling.com

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