HOTD: Connelly, Bettany Dumping 17 Prospect Park West

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Two of Brownstone Brooklyn’s biggest celebs have put their Prospect Park West mansion on the market and are moving to the West Village. In a post this morning, Curbed reported that Jennifer Connelly (who grew up in Park Slope) and actor hubby Paul Bettany are in contract on a $7 million penthouse at 288 West Street. Lest you fear for their ability to come up with the dough, however, we’ve discovered that they stand to clear $8,500,000 on the sale of their limestone mansion at 17 Prospect Park West. The 5,200-square-foot house, which the couple bought for $3,700,000 back in 2003, has to be the nicest house to come to market in a looooong time. Check out these pics!
17 Prospect Park West [Sotheby's] GMAP P*Shark

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  • Park Slope just got a lot more cool, in my book.

  • It sounds to me like they’re taking their Brooklyn equity and buying a cheaper place in Tribeca. It’s the new trading down – Moving to Manahttan.

  • Jennifer Connelly was born and grew up in Brooklyn Heights. Except for the few years she spent up in Woodstock with her family.

    The PPW house is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen. Holy COW!

  • That is sweet!
    Wish there were more pictures and a floor plan.

  • This has nothing to do with neighborhood or “trading down”, 1:36. It’s a lifestyle choice. We own a limestone (not this big!) and it’s a full time job. If we both had jobs that required us to be out of town constantly we’d never own a house. We’d be in a condo. As for Tribeca, it’s where all the film people live in Manhattan. Of course that’s where they chose to buy. Park Slope doesn’t have huge size condos. Sometimes a rare large coop on PPW. That still isn’t as big as the ones you can get in Manhattan.

  • B-stoner: you were the fonz when you started and your ruled; and when you posted the tony the t soprano triplex photos you were still the fonz–albeit in leather jacket approaching the water ski jump in Hawaii…

    ..And now with this “celebrity” rumor posting/ real estate porn–should’ve been a pure listing–instead a directional to a home w/kids outing (in wake of Uma stalker trial, much shame) you are very much the fonz; although now in the air over the sharks with your thumbs up sign. yeah.

    Brooklyn is better than this. Your site was better than this. good luck with the Flea and many happy landings.

    i’m out (of this) but still here in brooklyn….shame shame on you

  • I’m digging those Danish mobiles that Bettany has got going in there.

  • This has nothing to do with neighborhood or “trading down”, 1:36. It’s a lifestyle choice. We own a limestone (not this big!) and it’s a full time job. If we both had jobs that required us to be out of town constantly we’d never own a house. We’d be in a condo. As for Tribeca, it’s where all the film people live in Manhattan. Of course that’s where they chose to buy. Park Slope doesn’t have huge size condos. Sometimes a rare large coop on PPW. That still isn’t as big as the ones you can get in Manhattan.

  • Haha. Too funny, 1:36. Looks like you are right! Funny…I just saw her last week on 7th Avenue. Not particularly star-like in person. Just a normal mom with her kid on 7th Ave.

  • Wonder if this is the most expensive house on the Market in Park Slope?

  • Pretty lazy (or uninformed?) of Sotheby’s to leave out the names of the original owner and architect on the listing. Those details are meaningful in the high-end Brooklyn house market and it seems they don’t know that.

  • 3.7 million in 2003.

    8.5 million in 2008 (granted it hasn’t sold yet, but certainly will for close to this price).

    But the peak was in 2005, wasn’t it??

    LOL.

  • Biff Champion

    Brownstoner, when clicking on some of the links on the 45 3rd Place item, I noticed that it seems you used to respond more to comments. While I can understand your hesitation in influencing how a particular discussion goes, I personally think it’s interesting to get your insight/reaction to certain posts, including provocative ones like 1:45#2 as an example. Just my opinion…

  • If anyone planning on buying this place is in need of an upstairs maid, I’m available. my husband will gladly serve as gardener.

  • I heard that they found dining room a bit formal and dinner would always end with food flying out of their noses from laughing at themselves.

  • “It’s the new trading down – Moving to Manahttan.”

    A theory I anticipate to play out. Priced back in.

  • All that dark wood paneling…the place would look better if they put in some recessed lighting

  • O V E R P R I C E D.

  • Connelly is hot – so it is a loss to Brooklyn – but she also has one of the most annoying laughs I have ever heard. God bless Paul Bettany for being able to stand being around her

  • cold impersonal depressing.

  • I heard they just bought a place in Fort Greene.

  • 1:45 / 1:46
    the post clearly states that they lived in the penthouse not the whole thing so i’m sure they dont have to worry about the condition of their limestone. plus they’re multimillionaires so
    i dont think maintaining is a issue.

  • I have to say…I don’t love the new place they are buying. It is literally RIGHT OVER THE HIGHWAY on the west side and right next to a Mobil Gas station.

    I understand celebs wanting to be in the thick of things, but 7 million dollars for that loft compared to this gorgeous house on the Park…no way I’d trade that baby in.

    The new place looks cheap. I think they must be going though a midlife crisis.

  • Sorry for my double-post above, there. It said post is being held for review. Which I’d never seen before so that’s why I posted twice. Are posts really being reviewed or is it a server issue again?

    As for overpriced, I think it will sell for its price. Tends to happen to celebrity houses in Manhattan and L.A., so if it happens here it shows Brooklyn is now truly like Manhattan. This house is a huge status item. Some people can’t resist buying such a thing. Look at the people who buy $100K cars.

  • Five years after purchase they are asking more than twice what they paid.

    This will not sell for more than 5m. Probably closer to 4.5.

  • Who is jennifer connely?

    Come to think of it, who gives a flying f***?

  • This house is one of the reasons why Park Slope is so damn beautiful!

    My LORD!

    Stunning. And a perfect location.

  • The “danish mobile” is an Alexander Calder sculpture, or copy of. And he was French.

  • you heard wrong, 2:04.

  • Don’t talk about yourself like that, 2:02. With a little therapy, there’s still hope for you!!!

  • 1.53 – your comment means nothing unless we know what it would have sold for in 2005. Logic class not your strong point?

  • 2:05 – the post clearly states that they are moving from a house to a penthouse

  • 2:20

    Your comment makes no sense. People on here say ALL THE TIME that the peak was in 2005.

    When one is banking 5 million dollars in 5 years, it doesn’t matter anymore what it would have sold for in 2005.

    Most of us are dealing with smaller prices, but my brownstone which I bought for 800K and is now woth 3 million…I really don’t care if the price goes down a little bit, because I’ve already seen a HUGE run up in price.

    So if it sells for 2.8 million now instead of 3.2 million it might have sold in 2005, I’m really not crying about it all that much.

    See my point?

  • I thought I had a nice house until I saw these pictures. Now I kind of feel liking I’m slumming it.

  • I would buy this place except the UPS store just overcharged me.

  • who is paul bettany?

  • the lived in the whole house.

    anyway, the floorplan is odd with a kitchen in the basement and the FDR one flight up. it’s a lovely house, but not the nicest on PPW. I think 5.5-6mm may be closer to the mark, but I don’t know what the celeb premium is on this kind of thing

  • Biff C- Me guesses The B wont respond to you or 1:45. Maybe too real, as he is a family man 2 boot.

    I dont care though, but this post does reveal that the B’s dont rub elbows with these stars or others, which sadly pops another little bubble of mine: “Bloggers, They’re Just Like Us!” I’m depressed now.

    Still Waiting for The What and The Who

  • whats with all the slope expensive houses suddenly hitting the market

  • It’s worth $20 million now and $50 million in 2013.

  • Reason they’re moving:
    Connelly got tired of being referred as a ‘Stroller Mom in the Slope’

  • They are selling as fast as they are coming to market, 2:38.

    Someone mentioned two Berkeley Place townhouses last week on here and I called literally the next day and BOTH were in contract.

  • This is a lovely mansion. I hope the too-rich new owner doesn’t gut it and turn into a chic minimalist loft. Or worse, eight luxury condos.

  • 1:57, Thank you. Now THAT was funny.

  • I’d think the reason they’re selling is they got sick of having to keep the shades drawn at all time. They lived there for about 3 months before they installed the shades and drew them down. I think all the “cool” park slopers weren’t too cool to spy on their local celebs

  • This isn’t a slope house, its right on the park This is a Park house, period. No slope. Thats for the help.

    Could have sold for 10 mil at peak in 2005.

  • These two must be REALLY loaded.

    To have already bought a 7 million dollar spread while not yet selling this 8.5 million dollar one?

    I mean…a house like this may take a while to sell to find the right buyer.

  • 2.25 your point wwas that the peak was not 2005. But quoting 2003 and 2008 prices only, and completely missing out the 2005 price, your post is nonsense.

    if you want to say, well it doesn’t matter, peak was 2005 but i’ve still made millions since 2003 – thats a different point.

  • Gorgeous house, but other than the Calder mobile, the furnishings are BORING and UGLY. Too bad.

  • that tribeca spot will be sweet when the park is finished later this year.

  • “This isn’t a slope house, its right on the park This is a Park house, period.”

    The name of the neighborhood is PARK SLOPE.

    This house is the epitome of Park Slope and all of its grandeur.

    Your comment makes you sound like you are on acid.

  • I’m sorry. Is that really an Alexander Calder sculpture? Looks just like one of those cute little Danish mobiles.

    BTW, Alexander Calder is American.

  • 1:45 – I’m sure this has everything to do with neighborhood. It is easy to imagine that they’ve realized that they no longer want to deal with the long late night trips to Brooklyn when they’re going out every night in Manhattan. Manhattan is simply more convenient (and more fun, when money is no object). Sorry, but it’s true.

  • Wow, those are some small bedrooms in their new West Village/Tribeca condo – I’d expect better than 15×11′ master bedroom for my 7mil.

  • The epitome of parkslope is a brownstone, not a grand limestone mansion. I presume you just don’t know what epitome means.

  • “that tribeca spot will be sweet when the park is finished later this year.”

    Yes, but you still have the highway right below you with horrible traffic, congestion, noise and co2 fumes.

    Quite a change from the bucolic setting on the Park.

  • I tell people PPW, not PS.

  • Wow, did someone just bash this grand place in favor of their brownstone?

    This house is amazing, and puts brownstones to to shame.

  • 3:00…I see this couple out all the time.

    And it’s mostly in Brooklyn.

    Not Manhattan.

    I think surmising something about two people you don’t know anything about and then making generalizations about an entire borough of 2.4 million people is a little ridiculous.

    Even for desperate people like yourself.

    P.S. I go out in Manhattan quite frequently and if you gave me 10 million bucks, I wouldn’t leave Brooklyn.

    You would NEVER have said what you said if this weren’t a celebrity. Get off your soapbox.

  • Debbie Korb, the agent for this property is well versed in the Celebrity Real Estate Market. She currently has Richard Gere’s property as well.

    Just so you know…she will be pushing this to her MANY celebrity A list clients.

    It is quite possible a celebrity you have actually heard of will turn up in this property 6 months from now.

  • I’ve been in this house. previous poster was right that the kitchen and informal dining area are downstairs. it’s beautiful but you really gotta like stairs — you’d spend a lot of time in the basement, walking up two steep flights to the den and then another to your bedroom and then another for the kids.

  • 3.15 – what comment are you referring to?

  • I think it’s even funnier than someone who sees them on the street thinks she “knows” them.

  • Holy crap, is that one huge load star crap shoveled on by the Park Slope marketing machine.

  • 3:18 – haha. You certainly took that bait. Never suggest on Brownstoner that Manhattan has anything on Brooklyn. People will accuse you of being “desperate” – or worse.

  • 3:21, It is also quite possible that in six months time you will still have your head up your arse, and this site will have completely turned into a curbalker/stalker map for re agents, their shills/interns, Beverly hills tour guides, wannabe UMA “good friend” fan(atics) and your momma.

    something to consider: It’s not a drop, it’s a slide….2:32/
    Still Waiting for The What and The Who

  • Maybe she is starring in the new Darren Star dramedy about Park Slope and didn’t want to work AND live in the same neighborhood!

  • They’re hoping their star power will justify the 100+% price increase in less than 5 years.

  • This mansion isn’t the epitome of Park Slope houses. Instead its grand and atypical in its brightness and aspect, more monumental.

    In contrast the epitome of Park Slope houses would really be a distinguished brownstone in a row on a gently sloping well-treeed street.

    This house is gorgeous. Does remind me a bit of my old school library though with all that wood no doubt smelling of polish.

  • The fewer celebs in Brooklyn, the cooler the REAL cool people think it is.

    I say this is great news for Park Slope.

    ONE LESS NEUROTIC MOM!!!

    Ever heard this woman’s laugh in the Tea Lounge??

    It’s HORRIFYING!!!

  • This mansion isn’t the epitome of Park Slope houses. Instead its grand and atypical in its brightness and aspect, more monumental.

    In contrast the epitome of Park Slope houses would really be a distinguished brownstone in a row on a gently sloping well-treeed street.

    This house is gorgeous. Does remind me a bit of my old school library though with all that wood no doubt smelling of polish.

  • “Gorgeous house, but other than the Calder mobile, the furnishings are BORING and UGLY. Too bad.”

    It’s staging. It’s not their stuff.

  • Berkeley Place, to me is the epitome of Park Slope.

  • I much prefer streets with eclectic architecture and variety of materials for each house, brownstone, limestone and brick like you see on PPW. Plus the truly wealthy at the turn of the century hired an architect to design their own unique house. I love brownstones who doesn’t, but they’re not more prestigious to own than a house like this. Epitome of Park Slope or not.

  • I don’t know if they are going to get 8.5 million but this is a killer house. Flat out one of the best houses to come along in a while.

    I love Brooklyn, but I’d have a hard time laying down this kind of scratch when so much of Manhattan could be had for this price.

  • I heard from a handyman who has worked in this house that there is a HUGE mold problem in the house

  • Really, Kuroko? From what I know, you have to spend way more than this in Manhattan for a house. I know someone with a $11 million Manhattan townhouse and they only have 1000 more squuare feet than we have in our $1.5 million 2-story Brooklyn house. If you are looking at a bigger size like this in a good school district near a park, you’re talking $20 million in Manhattan.

  • “anyway, the floorplan is odd with a kitchen in the basement and the FDR one flight up.”

    I’m chuckling at this comment because, fact is, this floor plan is not “weird” at all. Guess what? When this house was built, the kitchen would not have been a hang out or show off place the family! The kitchen was where the hired help prepared the meals (which they then had the burden of toting upstairs to the formal dining room.) The kitchen was not even a room to be frequented by the owners or seen by their guests. Presumably, those with the bucks to buy this place today are those in a position to carry on that Upstairs/Downstairs traditon.

  • Wow, what a great house. I can see myself boinking Jennifer in dozens of different places throughout.

  • Un effing believable how ugly their new place is. Does not compute.

  • it’s not staging. it is their stuff.

  • This place on the Upper East Side would sell for 30 million.

    On Central Park West, maybe 25 Million.

    Easy.

    A DEAL at 8.5 mil

  • yes 5:08, no need to chuckle. I realize this. It’s just that many of these grand houses have been updated to include an upstairs kitchen. This was has not. It has a little wet bar. I know this house well, and it would be FANTASTIC if you lived with a staff. If you are a 21st century family without a household of people living-in, than it’s difficult. Or, you spend a lot of tiem in the basement.

  • This place pretty much sums up my pie-in-the-sky Brooklyn dream home…

  • $4.25m and not a nickel more.

  • Why would anyone live in Brooklyn when they could live in Manhattan?

  • hands down this is more beautiful than the one at 31 (or 32) PPW yet they both have taxes over 10,000. how can that be?

  • Why would anyone live in Manhattan – its for tourists and out-of-towners. Nice to look at and work in. But you wouldn’t want to live there.

  • Jennifer Connelly has massive yams. I’d totally shag that big breasted doll. As for Maggie Gyllenhaal, she is one of the ugliest human beings to grace this planet. She looks like the retarded spawn of Babe Ruth

  • you posted the same comment on curbed, 1:25.

    unoriginal, much??

  • I think that Park Slope house looks like a cross between a funeral parlour & something from a horror film. No wonder JC wants to leave it – it looks like Dark Water
    How could anyone live in there and feel at home – you’d keep expecting Dracula to walk in whilst you’re in bed.
    Imagine living with all that wood – what an eco nitemare.

  • Oh, Jennifer I barely knew ya! :(….