Surf Avenue

Project Manager/Designer
Robert M. Scarano jr.
Completion Date
November 2006
Brooklyn Heights

Designed as a gated community, the 320,000 square foot “Ocean Dreams” provides the style of living that dreams are made of, in a context that is hard to come by in New York City. With a construction budget of $56 million, or $175 per square foot, it is situated directly along the Riegelmann Boardwalk, and comes as close as a private property can get to the beachfront.

The design for such a large development, with 320 apartments ranging from 500 square foot studios to 1800 square foot three bedroom apartments, requires an understanding of not only multi family residential design but master planning for an entirely new community as well.

The design takes advantage of contextual zoning to contribute vast open spaces for outdoor recreation, and to provide tenants and the public with friendly access to the boardwalk and beach.

The wide range of apartment sizes, styles and prices accommodates everyone from singles to extended families, earning the term “something for everyone” as the slogan for the development. High ceilings, on-site parking for every unit, children’s and adult swimming pools and two whirlpool spas are only some of the extras offered construction.

Most units enjoy direct ocean views through an extended bay window, while units facing south have direct access to the boardwalk and beach. The ocean, with all its majesty, is also brought into the interiors via decorative glass in the lobby, bathrooms and kitchens, adding distinct character to the entire project.