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Buyer sues Douglas Elliman for windows with brick wall views

Talk about buyer’s remorse

June 12, 2016 03:00PM

A window opening to a brick wall

A window opening to a brick wall

Stacey Widlitz, a retail analyst, had a bit more trouble negotiating the wild world of residential real estate recently, according to a lawsuit. She says that after being repeatedly promised skyline views, all she got was an apartment with windows that opened onto a brick wall.

5 Franklin Place

5 Franklin Place

Widlitz says her lawyer and real estate agents at Douglas Elliman had promised that her newly built TriBeCa apartment came with views of the Manhattan skyline. And for those vistas, she forked over $1.39 million, according to the New York Post.

But after seeing the one-bedroom, one-bath unit at 5 Franklin Place, a 20-story building with 53 residences, she discovered that her windows faced brick walls. She purchased the unit while the building was still under construction.

Both Elliman and her then-lawyer, Godfrey Lee, repeatedly told Widlitz the home would have “full city and skyline views,” she claims in a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit spotted by the Post.

The claim states that she made it clear to Douglas Elliman “that the views from the apartment were vital to a deal and were the determining factor as to whether or not [she] would purchase,” according to court papers.

She is seeking unspecified damages. [NYP]Christopher Cameron

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