Norah Jones Steps Up in Cobble Hill

jones-interior-0209.jpgBrownstone Brooklyn just landed another celebrity homeowner: Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones closed on an 1843 townhouse in Cobble Hill at the end of January. (We’re not telling you the address.) Jones paid an astonishing $4,990,000 for the restored 4,100-square-foot house, a price that’s hard to fathom even just a few months later (unless, maybe, it includes the parking lot next door). The just-below-asking price was agreed to in early December, well into the depths of the current financial crisis, after the 25-foot-wide house had been on the market for almost six months without a price reduction. She did get a pretty swanky pad for her hard-earned dollars: the parlor floors looks killer, though the nouveau-Tuscany vibe of the renovated kitchen isn’t really working for us.

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  • damn. she outbid me. I kept taking that guy’s advice of bidding 1/2 off comps or whatever he says.

  • do you ever get the strange feeling celebrities just plain ole get ripped off when they buy real estate?

    *r*

  • daveinbedstuy

    Getting ripped off is relative rob.

  • Yes, Rob. It seems as though they don’t even try to negotiate. Is Nora Jones still hot anyway? Does she have that kind of dough to drop on a place in this market? Well, I guess she does cause she bought it. Let’s just hope she doesn’t wind up like M.C. Hammer in bankruptcy, house seized, and doing nutty commercials about melting down her gold for extra cash!

  • Francis Bean (courtney love’s (one of my personal heroes) daughter) is actually actively searching out a loft in soho, but she’s being smart about it and not just plopping down a ridiculous amount of asking price money.

    *r*

  • dittoburg

    Those celebrity rubes

  • Makes sense. She’s all earthy-metropolitan.

  • Too bad she’ll have to look at that Congress Street co-op out her back windows. I know some of you thought that should chop the price by half. :-) By the way, this house has a spectacular extension on the rear. But when she gets rid of those gross tiles in the kitchen, she should add some more bathrooms.

  • daveinbedstuy

    Got any more pics or the old listing????

  • Biff Champion

    “Is Nora Jones still hot anyway? Does she have that kind of dough to drop on a place in this market?”

    She has Ravi Shankar money (her father). I’m not sure how much dough the world’s most famous sitarist piled up in the US, but I’m sure he’s done well in India.

  • daveinbedstuy

    WOW…I never knew she was Ravi’s daughter. I saw him in 1969..The Concert for Bangladesh.

  • Biff Champion

    DIBS, go to the Open Thread where I’ll give you another fun fact so as not to disturb this thread.

  • Brenda from Flatbush

    I love the thought of Francis Bean Cobain being a sensible real-estate shopper, perhaps while Courtney tags along swilling out of a paper bag and making useless slurred comments on the interior decor…I’m thinking of Saffie in “AbFab,” trying to live down the infamy of being Edina’s daughter…

  • infinitejester

    I learned of this sale recently at a dinner party, know the seller. Glad to see it’s news so I don’t have to pretend like I didn’t know.

  • daveinbedstuy

    Post Lehman??? Team Bear????? Hellllooooooooo???

  • Amazing reference, Brenda!

    And spot on!

  • You should not show these people’s homes. They are decent enough to decide to live in Brooklyn so you should respect their privacy.
    It was bad enough that everyone knew Heath Ledger’s home. But after he passed away it was disgusting to see the gutter press camping outside.
    These ‘celebs’ live in Brooklyn because they feel safe can have a normal life and are treated with respect. Bringing attention to their homes helps nobody.
    Just don’t do it

  • daveinbedstuy

    oldtimer you are right. However, despite the comments here, this place and its price are worthy of discussion.

    The media slime will find its way to anything despite anyone’s efforts and is a different issue.

  • Old timer:

    Why is it not ok to show this house, but it’s ok to show other people’s (non celebs) homes?

    Seems like that would be special treatment to me.

    If anyone else but Jones bought this home, we’d still be showing and talking about it. I don’t agree that she deserves special treatment, just because she’s a singer.

  • quote:

    I love the thought of Francis Bean Cobain being a sensible real-estate shopper, perhaps while Courtney tags along swilling out of a paper bag and making useless slurred comments on the interior decor…I’m thinking of Saffie in “AbFab,” trying to live down the infamy of being Edina’s daughter…

    HA! that was great brenda. thanks for that image!

    *r*

  • One would think for five million dollars the facade would be restored. What’s with the ghostly white paint on everything -front, side, lintels, sills? It looks dreadful from the exterior. This is supposed to be an historic house, not a white box.

  • I take it the price includes the lot/parking next door?

  • On the Ravi father money thing — not the case. Her father is broken since he does not approved of her music career (cultural thing). Google it.

  • “I take it the price includes the lot/parking next door?”

    I’m not sure, but I think that parking/garden belongs to the house to the right.

  • Correct, parking/garden belongs to the house on the corner (to the right in the pic).
    I’d be interested to hear how this property got an extra 10 feet in the back.

  • The idea that Norah Jones doesn’t have $5M is ludicrous. She has sold over 20M copies of her first album – not to mention probably another 10+M of her other albums – AND she’s been on worldwide tours for years and years.

    Also – supposedly she didn’t even know Ravi Shanker was her father until later in life and he had absolutely nothing to do with her music career – and didn’t even know she had one until well after she was already signed to Blue Note.

  • Blue chip nabes are holding very well. Nobody can tell me otherwise.

  • 11217 – Tell us the truth – Is Norah one of your unnamed friends who just moved to Brooklyn and prefers Brooklyn to manhattan?! :)

  • I wish dh.

    Sadly, no.

    But I did see Ms. Gyllenhaal twice this past weekend walkin’ around the Slope. I’m hoping to run into her brother one of these days.

  • dittoburg

    20 million? So if shes’ gettin 10% at 15$ a pop that giver her $3mill. So she’ll still have to get a job serving coffee or something.

  • um, think you’re off by a decimal place, dittoburg…wouldn’t that be $30 million?

  • dittoburg

    oops. Please delete the thread.

  • He’s a Pisces, Mr B, and they are notoriously bad at math.

  • This will probably be my first and last posting so I’ll try to clear everything up all at once.

    I absolutely LOVE my new neighborhood and think that we can all agree that price is not an issue in the absence of value. That said, I got a GREAT deal. I meet more cool people in a coffee shop on Sunday afternoon here than I meet in a year in LA.

    I hope you will respect my privacy and show the blogosphere that we have the best hood in the world. Let’s talk up the hood, talk up the value, talk up our neighbors and continue to prosper here in the heart of NY.

    Peace and Love