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Apartments that are fit for a king — King James

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How about this for a story: LeBron James is looking to move to Brooklyn!

OK, it’s not definite, but the other day, an executive at the new Toren tower in Downtown hinted that King James had scoped out the penthouse of the Flatbush Avenue skyscraper.

Now, we all realize it’s a bit premature — James isn’t even a free agent until next month — but we also know how much fans of the beleaguered, Brooklyn-bound Nets want to see the future Hall of Famer playing in the soon-to-be-built Barclays Center.

But is the Toren right for Cleveland’s favorite son? Maybe, but he should consider all his options, which we’re happy to provide.

One Hanson Place
The swank digs at One Hanson Place — officially the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building at the corner of Hanson and Ashland places in Fort Greene — are partly owned by the legendary Magic Johnson, so that would perhaps be an incentive for Lebron to buy a $4.8-million condo and get on the Hall of Famer’s good side. Currently, the most luxurious crib occupies the entirety of the 29th floor of the building, and features a view appropriate for a power forward capable of a freaknasty 360-tomahawk dunk. The ceilings are over 10-feet high, meaning the 6-foot-8 James won’t be bumping his head.

One Brooklyn Bridge Park
Just as Sarah Palin keeps an eye on Russia by simply looking across the Bering Straits, James may want to keep an eye on the Knicks by living on the East River, should he join the Nets. If the basketball phenom does come to town, the future crosstown rivalry will certainly heat up, and his presence at a four-bedroom penthouse in One Brooklyn Bridge Park would be a ringing endorsement of Kings County’s luxury real estate-scene. Should James choose to work on his golf game — last year he was spotted on the green with Warren Buffet and Bill Gates — then he’ll enjoy the indoor virtual golf and driving range. As a bonus, 132 parking spaces are available for purchase, which could likely accommodate part of his car collection. All for the paltry sum of $7.25 million.

One Main Street
Lebron would naturally need a condo fit for a king, and it’s hard to imagine a more regal residence than the 7,000 square foot, three-floored apartment that offers a view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. As a bonus, the $25-million apartment features four glass clock faces appropriate for an evil villain hellbent on world domination — a definite confidence-booster come playoff time.

Will the Brooklyn-version of Lebron abandon his Akron, Ohio roots and embrace some uber-modern aesthetics? If so, the Toren’s penthouse on the 38th floor features a two-story living room with towering windows appropriate for a baller. Asking price is only $1.7 million, a bargain compared to his compound outside of Cleveland, which is estimated to have cost as much as $15 million.

On Prospect Park
A superstar like Lebron needs to live in a building built by a starchitect, and Richard Meier’s building On Prospect Park fits the bill. A penthouse occupying the entire southern portion of the building on Grand Army Plaza is the most luxurious pad available — and features 3,400 square feet of interior space and a whopping 2,500 square feet of outdoor private space. From the penthouse, Lebron would have a regal view of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, and Prospect Park. There are also four bedroom and 3 and a half baths, and the price is only a small percentile of what James will likely get in his new contract: $5.1 million. As a bonus, if Lebron decides to follow in the footsteps of Greg Oden and Chad Ochocinco, the Meier building lends itself to exhibitionism.

The Brooklyner
Brooklyn’s tallest building would be appropriate for James — especially if the baller happens to be bargain hunting. The penthouse of the 51-story building is only $7,500 a month, and features a terrace and three bedrooms. Also on the floor is a bar, outdoor shower, “sun beds” — whatever those are — and a grill, if the King of Cleveland feels like mingling with other residents.

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Norman Oder says:
"OK, it’s not definite, but the other day, an executive at the new Toren tower in Downtown hinted that King James had scoped out the penthouse of the Flatbush Avenue skyscraper."

Um, he cited that he'd "heard" that James was interested--he'd know, wouldn't he?--and the only one I could find online was an admitted joke:
June 17, 2010, 1:16 pm

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