Sales Launch at Forthcoming Green “Boutique” Condo Building on Waterfront


Sales and marketing have started up for 255 Columbia, a Passive House boutique condo building that is going up on Columbia Street in the Columbia Street Waterfront area. Move-in is expected in winter of 2014, according to developer HPI Development LLC. The 13-unit building was designed by Loadingdock5, which specializes in Passive House design. The super-insulated building with triple-paned windows and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery will be energy efficient and also quiet. There will be a “steady stream of fresh filtered air,” according to the building’s website.

The building comes with some other pretty high end features too, including 4-inch-wide American walnut flooring, Bosch washer/dryers, and white Carrera honed marble mosaic floors and Calacatta marble counters in the master baths. The kitchens will have white lacquer and walnut cabinetry and Corian counters. While the building is located on a stretch of Columbia Street that does not directly overlook the East River, some of the higher units will have views of Manhattan and the water. Units will range in price from about $900,000 to $2,000,000. The four units now on the market start at $1,095,000 for a two-bedroom and go up to $1,250,000 for a three-bedroom. Click through to the jump to see renderings of the building exterior and a bathroom.

255 Columbia [Building Site]
Passively Designed 255 Columbia Launches Sales From $900K [Curbed]
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6 Comment

  • For what it’s worth, this building is *not* in Red Hook. It’s between President and Carroll Sts (and, maybe more importantly, multiple blocks north of the Battery Tunnel approach), which is solidly in the Columbia St Waterfront District.

    • Seriously? I love the territoriality of those protecting the “integrity” of their South Brooklyn gentrified neighborhood monikers. The Columbia St. Waterfront District isn’t a neighborhood. It’s an orphaned piece of land that Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill won’t claim because west of the BQE is the wrong side of the tracks, and that Red Hook won’t claim (even though until the Battery tunnel and the BQE folks called it Red Hook) because that would admit to the gentrification of that neighborhood. Real estate marketers: 1, organic community development: 0.

  • I work in the area and walk past this seemingly deathtrap everyday. I suggest anyone interested in this take a stroll by and get a look at the bones of the building. Prefabbed walls that don’t line up, questionable construction practices, and numerous stop work orders should raise some concerns. Let’s not forget that they managed to break the water main and flood their own lot and the neighboring buildings on more than one occasion.

    Those renderings sure look nice though!

  • what’s the deal w/ the low prices? seems too low..