Here’s a two-bedroom spread in the Standish, the former hotel at 171 Columbia Heights that’s being turned into condos sporting East River views. The 12-story Beaux-Arts building has an interesting history — Superman once lived here, for one thing.Designed by Frank S. Lowe and built in 1903, it was originally called the Standish Arms, which DC Comics fans will recognize as the name of the building where Clark Kent dwelled in Room 5H. (In its other fictional claim to fame, Brooklyn Heights resident Arthur Miller used the name for the hotel where Willie Loman has an affair in “Death of a Salesman.”)


The Jehovah’s Witnesses bought it in 1981, then in 2007 they sold it to an investment group that converted it into rentals.



Now in its latest chapter, it’s being turned into a 29-unit condo development, by DDG and Westbrook Partners, who restored the brick and limestone facade and put the first units up for sale in the fall. This latest one is a model residence, a two-bedroom that’s been curated by the downtown design gallery Matter.


It’s a fetching pad, as you might expect from a building where one-bedrooms start at $1.26 million. It’s got clean lines and modern styling, with high-end finishes and appointments: Carrara marble countertops and a Bertazzoni range in the kitchen, wide-plank Austrian oak flooring, a glass-walled rain shower, brass fixtures and mosaic accents in the bathrooms.


There are two of those, and two bedrooms, including a master with a large walk-in closet. There’s a large living room with bay windows overlooking Columbia Heights, and an open kitchen in the rear.


The building’s got a doorman / concierge, a fitness center, a playroom, and a common roof deck with harbor views. Storage and bike spaces are available for purchase.
Listed by Corcoran, Residence 3C is asking $2.435 million for a 1,356-square-foot two-bedroom.


They don’t seem to be having trouble moving these. Of the 17 units that have gone up for sale, 11 are in contract, according to StreetEasy, including a five-bedroom on the 10th floor that was listed for $11.65 million.