2007_05_smithsackett.jpgJust when you thought that you might have put some distance between you and your folks, the Brooklyn Paper stirs things up with "the invasion of the suburban grandparents!" Now it makes total sense why developers are selling condos and buildings in up-and-coming neighborhoods at crazy prices: Not only will parents buy apartments for their kids, heck, they might leave their homes and move to the Big Apple too!

The Brooklyn Paper makes an examples of one couple:

Two Westchester millionaires are selling their $1.7-million mansion — complete with a swimming pool, plenty of extra bedrooms for the grandkids and five lush acres to run around on — and moving to a nondescript, 1,700-square-foot apartment above a dry cleaner on Smith Street.

“We’ve been in the suburbs seeing more chipmunks than people for a while. We’re ready for a change,” said Mimi Miles, who, with her husband Jeff, recently bought 285 Smith St. on the corner of Sackett Street in Carroll Gardens for $1.6 million.

The Miles decided last year to flee their tony Croton-on-Hudson nest — selling the seven classic cars that lived in its double-decker garage — and move to the city, where, Jeff Miles said, “we would have less to take care of.”

“I sold three Porsches and got a Subaru Forester that I can park on the street,” added Miles, a 63-year-old semi-retired perfume industry chemist.

The Mileses' son lives in Williamsburg, and they opted for Smith Street because Park Slope was "too settled" and Williamsburg "too young." Smith Street, the choice of Goldilocks-of-a-certain age!

We can't blame boomers who moved to the suburbs for their children's benefit to be lured by the wonders of the city. But one problem with parents moving to the city, besides competing with them for apartments, is that there will be no place to store your crap. Those of you with empty nester parents who have mentioned moving to new places for exciting things, you've been warned.

Photograph of 285 Smith Street from the Brooklyn Paper