The real finish line: A new home

Marathon runner, captured by spirit of Park Slope during race, moves there today
By Zachary Kussin | November 23, 2013 11:00AM

From Luxury Listings NYC: Lauren Huber ran the New York City marathon several Sundays ago to put her endurance to the test — not her house-hunting acumen.

But while running the 26.2 mile race, she encountered something unexpected in Park Slope: a boisterous and friendly neighborhood vibe from the onlookers watching the marathon, as well the scenery of the area’s historic buildings, restaurants and bars.

The 32-year-old commercial real estate asset manager had been on a house hunt, and the quick dash through the area — and past the Landmark Park Slope — wound up with her signing a lease there. She moves into the rental building, with her boyfriend and dog in tow, today.

“It was beautiful,” she said of her trek through the neighborhood and her new home. “It’s an area that I love.”

Huber and journalist boyfriend, Colin Sullivan, knew they wanted to move to Brooklyn from their current Upper West Side digs, but weren’t sure of what neighborhood to target.

They had actually looked at Landmark Park Slope, located at 267 6th Street on the corner of Fourth Avenue, online prior to the marathon, based on a recommendation from a broker.

While Running Up Fourth Avenue the day of the marathon, Huber remembered that the building was located nearby. As she zoomed past it, she felt a high from the cheers of those watching the race before continuing down her path, and made a mental note.

The next day, despite Huber feeling pretty sluggish, the couple went to the building for a full tour to check it out more. That Thursday, the two signed the lease, whose terms Huber declined to reveal.

“We both knew when we were in the building that’s where we wanted to be,” she said of the project, where apartments range from $2,631 for a one-bedroom to $3,937 for two bedrooms, according to real estate listings site StreetEasy.

Today, Huber and Sullivan will settle into a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment on the eighth floor.

They’ll have stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, a washer and dryer in the unit, as well as two exposures of floor-to-ceiling windows, she said. An amenity that Huber finds cool is the building’s furnished roof deck, which has cabanas as well as views of the Manhattan skyline to the northwest. The building also has a fitness center, a lounge for residents and a doorman.

“I’m psyched to be living over there,” she said.

Aptsandlofts’ Steve Laurelli, the director of leasing at the building, said he was pleased the building’s exterior was enough to draw in a tenant, and that the surrounding neighborhood didn’t hurt either.

“Park Slope gives off a great vibe even if you are just running through it,” he said.