Brooklyn Heights

Oil tycoon’s daughter buys Brooklyn Heights carriage house that once belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Eye On Real Estate

January 27, 2016 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
This December 2014 photo depicts 165 Columbia Heights. Currently it's covered by a construction shed because the building next door is being renovated. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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Bless This House.

Or more specifically, this carriage house.

The Brooklyn Heights Historic District property sold for $9.8 million — to an oil tycoon’s daughter.

The buyer of 165 Columbia Heights was an LLC with Anya Airapetian as managing member, city Finance Department records indicate. Her first name is spelled “Anna” on a mortgage used in the purchase.

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Her address on the mortgage is in care of Levon Airapetian on the 73rd floor of the Time Warner Center near Central Park. That’s her father.

A New York Post story describes him as a “wealthy Moscow-based Armenian journalist-turned-publisher/oil tycoon.” By the way, that story is about Anya Airapetian’s $9.89 million purchase in 2014 of 280 W. Fourth St., a West Village townhouse that had housed Norman Rockwell’s mentor, Charles Webster Hawthorne.

According to Finance Department records, she sold the West Village building a year later for $12.5 million.

But back to the news about 165 Columbia Heights.

Its sale price was slightly lower than its asking price, which was $9.95 million, according to a Sotheby’s International Realty listing.

The deal closed in September, and the deed was recorded in December, Finance Department records indicate. The sellers were George Feiger and Anita Driscoll Feiger.

They had purchased the 1860s-vintage carriage house for $4.1 million in 2012 from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, then did a renovation that included the removal of stucco from its façade.

That sale was part of the ongoing liquidation of the Watchtower’s Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO real estate portfolio in preparation for the religious organization’s move to upstate New York.


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  1. John Locke

    Looks like she did well. She owns several buildings and I hope she can enjoy a happy life with Thomas Jr and her second child. Her father should not have been killed in prison by Chabad Putin.