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Welcome, Matt! Actor Damon reportedly inks deal to buy Brooklyn Heights penthouse - Brooklyn Paper

Welcome, Matt! Actor Damon reportedly inks deal to buy Brooklyn Heights penthouse

The Standish Arms on Columbia Heights is about to be sold by the Jehovah's Witnesses. It could go for $6 million, an expert said.
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Actor Matt Damon is reportedly settling down in Brooklyn Heights — inside a penthouse unit at the top of a swanky Columbia Heights building.

The star of such memorable flicks as “Good Will Hunting,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “The Martian” on Thursday finalized his purchase of the $16.75-million, six-bedroom pad, after going into contract on the apartment in September 2017, according to a New York Post report.

Last year, real-estate nerds went into a tizzy at the prospect of Damon buying the penthouse at a then-reported cost of $16.645 million, which at the time would have been the highest price commanded by a Kings County residence.

But in the months since, another deep-pocketed buyer reportedly outspent Damon by going into contract on a penthouse inside the fast-rising Quay Tower at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 for more than $20 million — which will be the highest price ever paid for a piece of Kings County residential real estate once the deal expected to close early next year is done, according to a rep for the building.

Still, the price Damon reportedly paid for his new home is enough to earn it the title of Brooklyn’s most-expensive residence for now, surpassing the previous record setter — a Cobble Hill townhouse that sold for $15.5 million in 2015, according to records — by roughly $1.25 million.

The sky-high space is at the very top of The Standish, a 12-floor Beaux-Arts tower between Clark and Pierrepont streets that opened in 1903 as the Standish Arms Hotel.

Following its days as an inn, the building served as a residence hall for one-time owner the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which in 2007 sold the property to a developer that converted it into a 94-unit rental complex. That builder then hawked the site to another real-estate company, which reopened it as a luxury condo tower in 2014.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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