It’s easy to get annoyed with—or is it merely envious of?—young Brooklynites turning around real estate investments for big profits in short intervals. But at least one of the sellers of a $2.35 million three-bedroom duplex at 44 Tompkins Place in Cobble Hill seems to have paid his dues, even if it wasn’t actually in Brooklyn that he paid them. A camera operator by trade, Albino Marsetti, who sold the place with Brett Vapnek—who also works in film—has done duty on such miserably grating cultural institutions as Project Runway, Jersey Couture and What Not to Wear. (The Observer will not confirm or deny having actually seen any of the aforementioned programs; Mr. Marsetti also had the good fortune to work on 30 Rock.)
So given what Mr. Marsetti has been through, he can hardly begrudge him the $1.275 million he cleared on the transaction, having bought the place in 2005 for $1.075 million. The co-op, which was listed with Phyllis Norton-Towers at Brown Harris Stevens, is sleek and newly-renovated, with lots of light, custom teak built-ins, a cocktail bar (so Brooklyn!), a wood burning fireplace and even a little white brick. A loft living room flows seamlessly into an open dining area, which, in turn, continues into a quietly modern kitchen outfitted with the multi-million-dollar usuals.
There’s a lovely and sizable deck, which looks quite inviting even in the rather wintery listing photo. Though Ms. Norton-Towers does seem to overstep a bit in claiming that “most consider” the block the “best in Cobble Hill.” There are, after all, a great many nice blocks in the running. Still, it was good enough to lure buyers Justin Frankel and Allison Saunders from a really totally delightful loft in Noho, which they recently entered contracted, having listed for $4.5 million. Alas, Mr. Frankel and Ms. Saunders do not seem to have made out quite so well as the sellers, having picked up the Manhattan pad for not a whole lot less in 2012. But by then, of course, they were rather late to the party.