Brooklyn clocktower penthouse available for first time in 23 years

Tucked away surreptitiously behind the clock face of Brooklyn’s landmarked Eagle Warehouse & Storage Company building in Dumbo is a penthouse that is headed to the market Friday for $2.35 million, Mansion Global has exclusively learned.

The clock, which doubles as a unique window offering views over the nearby Brooklyn Bridge, the East River and across into Manhattan, is a relic of the building’s industrial heritage that dates to the late 1800s and includes the tenure of the long-shuttered local newspaper, the Brooklyn Eagle.

It’s an “iconic New York property,” says listing agent Nick Gavin of Compass, who is handling the sale with his colleague, Josh Doyle.

“There are buyers in the market that are waiting for authentic, true loft space buildings that have history and bricks and beams. There are buyers that are a little bit tired of glass towers,” Gavin says.

“People want a connection to older New York and older Brooklyn,” he says. “You certainly feel the history here.”

The property is being sold by architect Michael Davis, who has owned the home since 1997, he writes in an email. Mansion Global could not determine how much he paid for the property.

When Davis bought the one-bedroom spread, the home was in a drastically different condition to the brick-covered loft that listing photos reveal today.

It was “generic in the extreme with a few ghastly ‘Miami Vice’ flourishes,” says Davis, referring to the 1980s cop television show.

It was packed with sheetrock, glass brick, low ceilings, small rooms, popcorn plaster and faux wood veneer cabinets with melamine counters, he says, “but with a huge clock facing the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River.”

The most important phase in transforming the space was demolition, he tells Mansion Global.


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