Famous Director’s Son Buys Five-Story Cobble Hill Townhouse


This five-story, 4,200 square foot Cobble Hill townhouse was scooped up by Will Frears and Amy Larocca for $3,250,000 according to The Observer. Frears is the son of film director Stephen Frears who directed “High Fidelity” and “The Queen” and Larocca is fashion director at New York magazine. The home at 289 Clinton Street was a House of the Day back in January when it was asking $3,500,000. At the time one commenter said, “Lots of renovation work required. Plaster ceilings and walls falling down. Top story completely unfinished. All bathrooms and kitchens need replacing..new roof…etc…….gut it.” Hard to tell from the, frankly, terrible listing photos how on target that comment was. But none of that seemed to deter the sale which popped up again yesterday in our biggest sales post. In fact, four of the five biggest sales in the borough were in Cobble Hill.

Dirty Pretty Things: Stephen Frears’ Son Buys $3.25M Cobble Hill Fixer Upper [Observer]
Last Week’s Biggest Sales [Brownstoner]
House of the Day: 289 Clinton Street [Brownstoner]

5 Comment

  • Further gentrification and price rises in Cobble Hill that began well over a year ago, forcing the riffraff out. :)

  • another overpriced “bargain” get a rip job for sure – Hollyweird on Hudson continues

  • gut it. plaster ceilings falling down, in a few rooms they already had (in one place right over a bed). floors WAY out of level. Top floor and roof in serious disrepair. 30 year old carpet throughout the house. Hopefully the buyer finds some beautiful wood floors under it! Great location, lots of work required.

  • Such a beautiful house. I hope they can solve their structural problems without removing the floors, since if they have to rip out the floors they’ll have a very tough time keeping those amazing plaster and wood details. Good luck to them and can’t wait to see the finished house in New York magazine!

  • And the one master bath looks just perfect as is. Just replace the floor and you’re fine. Love the super-duper really old-school corner sink and bead board. Looks really, really old. Or you can gut it and re-do all the plumbing, put in a new floor, then put it all back just the way it was. Not difficult to copy the bead board.