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280 Saint Marks Avenue: Review and Ratings

Carter Horsley
Review of 280 Saint Marks Avenue by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of

This 5-story building at 280 St. Mark’s Avenue in Prospect Heights was erected in 2015 as one of Brooklyn’s most elegant low-rise residential developments.  It has 32 condominium apartments.

It was developed by DNA Development LLC and designed by DXA Studio.

Bottom Line

This very attractive building in Prospect Heights is distinguished by its very handsome thin gray brickwork, angled massing, tall windows and many amenities.


The top floor is setback and is all windows.

The building’s street façade has six slightly “folded” sections with indented and angled balconies on the third and fourth floors.

The façade is constructed of nearly 16,000 handmade Petersen Kolumba ceramic bricks that were originally designed in collaboration with Peter Zumthor.

The building has sidewalk landscaping.



The double-height residents’ lounge has a communal table crafted by Bryan Klotz of Klotzwrk, separate pantry kitchen, a fireplace designed with the same bricks and angularity as the front façade and a Sarus Mobile chandelier by David Meeks and the building also has a roof deck with grill, a fitness room, a garage, a bicycle and stroller room, storage, and a children’s playroom adorned with Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper wall coverings.

The building has a rear garden with cherry trees, gray birch and willow oak designed by Patrick Cullina and a water feature.


Each apartment has outdoor space, tilt-and-turn, floor-to-ceiling windows and 7-inch-wide plank white oak floors.

Kitchens include Wolf ranges, Liebherr refrigerators and Miele dishwashers.  Islands have a fleuri-cut Olympian Danby and Walnut countertop and hanging lights from the Brendan Ravenhill Studio.

Master baths have Zuma soaking tubs and sugar white marble floors.

The townhouses have cedar fences and private entrances.

The penthouses have EcoSmart fireplaces.

Apartment 4H is a three-bedroom unit with 1,899 square feet of interior space and 356 square feet of external space with a wide entry gallery with a 15-foot-wide open kitchen with an island next to an 18-foot-wide living/dining room and an open 15-foot-long dining alcove.  All the bedrooms and the dining alcove and the living room have access to a 6-sided terrace.

Apartment 4F is a three-bedroom unit with 1,777 square feet of interior space and 214 square feet of external space with a very long entrance gallery that leads past an open, pass-through kitchen to a 20-foot-long angled living room with a terrace.

Penthouse C is a three-bedroom unit with 1,688 square feet of interior space, 600 square feet of terrace space and 852-square feet of roof terrace with an entry that leads to a 27-foot-long living/dining space  with a 10-foot-squ\are dining alcove and an open kitchen with an island  and a staircase to the large roof terrace.  The living room and the bedrooms open onto a large angled terrace.

Apartment 4E is a three-bedroom unit with 1,635 square feet of interior space with an entry between a 10-foot-wide dining alcove and an open kitchen with an island that is adjacent to the 18-foot-wide living room that has a long terrace.

Apartment 4B is a two-bedroom unit with a 19-foot-long living/dining room with an open kitchen with an island and a diamond-shaped small balcony.

Apartment 4G is a one-bedroom unit with 870 square feet of interior space and 136 square feet of external space with an entry gallery next to a 12-foot-long dining alcove adjacent to the open, pass-through kitchen and the angled 18-foot-long living room with a terrace. 


Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 25 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 27 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 22 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #25 Rated condo - Brooklyn
  • #2 Rated condo - Prospect Heights
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