The View from Third + Bond

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Third + Bond, the Carroll Gardens/Gowanus condominiums made famous by the behind-the-scenes weekly blogging on Brownstoner, has three sweet styles of living available. And just this week, the environmentally sustainable building became the first in Brooklyn to gain LEED-Platinum certification–the industry standard’s highest rating–in the LEED program for homes.

For the single dweller seeking their own spotless space with new appliances and an in-unit washer/dryer, there are studios with two different floor plans that have equal appeal. Both get high marks for positioning the bathroom and kitchen away from the living space. The fourth-floor walk-up has incredible views that expand the sense of space. But if you prefer an easy entry to your home, there are L-shaped studios on the 1st and 2nd floors. Each runs from $316,000 to $352,000, or as low as $1,300 a month for mortgage, common charges, and taxes.

For even more space, check out the penthouse duplexes several stories above brownstone Brooklyn and industrial Gowanus, where you can truly appreciate the glorious expanse of sky. (From the bedroom in the model unit, it’s a clear view to One Hanson Place!) A private terrace adds a couple hundred extra square feet to these already roomy 1,000-square-foot units with 1 bedroom and 2 full baths – one upstairs by the bedroom and one for guests on the entry level. The huge storage closet running beneath the staircase is very impressive, too. With the mortgage payment, common charges and property taxes, all this room translates into roughly $2,600/month.

Even more delightful (and spacious) are the garden duplexes which feature almost 2,000 square feet indoors and another 500 in the rear yard—about the size of a studio! There are, count ’em, 3 well-sized bedrooms, 3 full baths, plus a rec room. The bedrooms are in the back on the lower level, where it’s quiet and bright. Upstairs, the open plan kitchen/dining/living room and terrace means there is plenty of room to BBQ and host fabulous dinner parties. Priced at $1.3 M, you get a lot of space and all the style of a brownstone without the challenges of a 100-year-old-building. For more info check out www.thirdandbond.com or the Facebook page.

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