Actor Matt Damon is in contract to buy a penthouse condo in The Standish, at 171 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights, according to the Wall Street Journal. If the deal closes for the asking of $16.645 million, it will set a new record for real estate in the borough.
The current record is held by 177 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill, a townhouse that sold for $15.5 million in 2015.
The Standish, a 12-story Beaux Arts apartment house, was designed by Frank S. Lowe and built in 1903. It was originally called the Standish Arms, which comic fans may recognize as the name of the building where Clark Kent lived in Room 5H. Brooklyn Heights resident Arthur Miller also used the name for the the hotel where Willie Loman has an affair in “Death of a Salesman.”
Now its been turned into a 31-unit condo by the development and design firm DDG and Westbrook Partners, who restored the brick and limestone facade and put the first units up for sale last fall.
This isn’t the first time Damon has popped up on the Brooklyn Heights real estate scene. In 2016, he was spotted checking out 3 Pierrepont Place. The brownstone mansion was on the market for a cool $40 million.
The 12th-floor penthouse has 6,218 square feet and a 3,366-square-foot terrace. It combines units 11A, PHA and PHB, according to the Real Deal.
We would say don’t get your autograph books ready yet — just because a celebrity buys a splashy new pad, it doesn’t mean they will necessarily be living there.
But considering Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, tried enrolling their children in nearby St. Ann’s School in 2016, they may be ready to put down roots in the neighborhood.
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