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129-Columbia-Heights-03 Living room overlooking the street Columbia Heights (All images courtesy of Compass)
While the excitement of living in New York often wears off after a few years, many of us continue to tease our imaginations with a dream neighborhood, a dream apartment, and a dream salary to fully enjoy it all. Throughout the years, Brooklyn Heights has remained one of the most beloved and most desirable neighborhoods in the city. Whether a stroll down the promenade, handball in Brooklyn Bridge Park, or enjoying a cup of coffee along Montague Street, it's impossible to not dream of living nearby.
While a necklace of new condos has been seizing prized harbor and Manhattan views for themselves -- routinely breaking borough records and reeling in celebs --- the timeless brownstone blocks behind offer more modest accommodations at an attainable price point. One such listing debuted earlier this week at 129 Columbia Heights. Set across from the always-magical Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Unit #42 is a two-bedroom, one-bath co-op asking $1.225 million. While dogs aren't permitted, the unit carries a low monthly maintenance charge of $1,100/month.

129 Columbia Street is nestled in the heart of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, the first of its kind in the city. The area has the largest collection of pre-Civil War structures in the United States and is a one-stop subway or ferry ride from Wall Street.

Brooklyn-Heights-apartments- Google Earth aerial showing location of 129 Columbia Heights (CityRealty)

The turn-of-the-century building, finished in the Beaux-Arts style, has a gracious ornate entrance and an elevator servicing its six floors and 37 apartments.


Perched on the fourth floor with tree-filled views, Unit #42 features a partially-open living and dining area framed by beautiful molding and craftsmanship.


The home features 9-foot beamed ceilings, parquet flooring with original inlays, brick walls, and decorative moldings throughout. According to the listing, the owner has lovingly maintained the home's hardwood flooring and wainscotting.


The kitchen and bathroom have been fully upgraded and there is an option to convert the smaller bedroom into a large bathroom.

129-Columbia-Heights Bath with stand-in shower
Brooklyn-Heights-Apartments-04 Floor plan

Perhaps the home's only flaws are its few windows and that its two modest-sized bedrooms overlook a light well.

Master bedroom
Brooklyn-Apartments-054 Secondary bedroom off the dining area

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New Developments Editor Ondel Hylton Ondel is a lifelong New Yorker and comprehensive assessor of the city's dynamic urban landscape.
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