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Artist Matthew Barney has purchased a town house in Fort Greene, 67 South Elliott Place, according to the New York Observer. That makes perfect sense to us, since we heard a rumor last week that he and Bjork had split up. Perhaps she’s keeping the apartment in Brooklyn Heights. Or maybe he’s just buying a place to use as an artist studio. There have been rumors for years that the two had broken up, so who knows.

The wood frame Italianate house has a porch and was built around 1854. It is landmarked. The top half of the exterior is covered in Permastone, and the inside could probably use a bit of work. The listing can still be seen on Corcoran. The house next door at 65 South Elliott Place was recently restored. Barney paid $1,990,000, a smidge above the asking price of $1,995,000. Perhaps Barney intends to restore it. We hope so.

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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Next on the chopping block, as a tipster put it, is the boyhood home of Lenny Kravitz, a small wood frame house on a large lot at 368 Throop Avenue in Bed Stuy. Technically, the house will not be demolished but just altered. But plans, which call for a third story addition, extensions to the front and rear of the building, and six units rather than two, will probably render it unrecognizable inside and out. An application for an Alt-1 permit was disapproved in February.

The two-family frame house looks Italianate, which means it was likely built sometime between 1850 and 1880. It belonged to Al and Bessie Roker, the parents of Roxie Roker, a journalist and actress best known for playing Helen Willis on the sitcom The Jeffersons. She was the mother of musician Lenny Kravitz, who was born in New York City and lived at the house on weekends until his family moved to Los Angeles in 1974 when he was 10, according to The New York Times and IMDB. The senior Rokers sold the house in 1987, according to public records.

“This is so sad. We are losing our neighborhood building by building,” said another reader. Click through to the jump to see the side of the house. (more…)

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Girls star Zosia Mamet and her boyfriend bought a townhouse in Bushwick for $1,037,500, The Daily Mail reported. As far as we know, she’s the first celebrity to buy in the neighborhood. The paper did not reveal the address, and we won’t either, although it’s easy enough to look up.

Suffice to say it’s on an extremely busy commercial street with lots of bars in the center of the action in the most gentrified part of Bushwick. The house, pictured above, is also close enough to the forthcoming giant development at the old Rheingold Brewery site to worry about noise and construction dust.

Seems like a strange choice to us, unless they’re planning to open an art gallery or restaurant. Interior photos show a fairly recent, utterly banal renovation with not a shred of original detail left. We’re shocked by the price: Similar renovated houses in the area typically sell for about $600,000. However, even though it’s a three-story house, it’s classified as a five- to six-family, which cost more.

One nice thing about it is that it’s 22 feet wide. The Daily Mail said they’re gut renovating it, although no permits have been filed. We’re sure it will look very nice when they’re done. Can’t wait to see what they do with the exterior.

Girls Star Zosia Mamet Buys $1 Million Bushwick Home [Daily Mail]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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When the listing for the Park Slope home of literary couple Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss went up in November, the one interior photo showed the breakfast room conservatory with Tiffany stained glass windows. Any photos you may have seen of the living room or other areas were from the previous sellers’ listing and reflected their taste. Now Sotheby’s has added views of the living room, kitchen, and bedroom.

Foer and Krauss have replaced the previous owners’ gilding and statues with more tailored mid-century and modern furniture. The expansive kitchen appears to be unchanged. As previously noted, the 7,670-square-foot house sits on a double lot that goes through to the next block and has parking.

Click through to the jump for more. What do you think? Is the $14,500,000 price tag — one of the highest in Brooklyn — realistic?

646 2nd Street Listing [Sotheby's]
Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss Offer Their Park Slope House for $14.5 Million [Brownstoner]
Photos by Sotheby’s (more…)

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There was a little mention in Town and Country that actress Chloe Sevigny has bought a “classic six” overlooking Prospect Park, after selling her East Village apartment. Curbed commenters immediately guessed the apartment in question is 9 Prospect Park West, 2C. If true, that makes her officially a Park Slope resident, as is actor Patrick Stewart. Click through to the jump to check out the floor plan.

Chloe Sevigny Buys Classic Six Overlooking Prospect Park [Town and Country]
9 Prospect Park West, 2C [Douglas Elliman]

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Interior designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke plan to put their Prospect Lefferts Garden house up for sale this month, Nixon announced in a recent Facebook post. Prospect Lefferts Gardens hounds and longtime readers of this blog will remember unforgettable 17 Chester Court, where the Madcap Cottage (formerly John Loecke Inc.) duo took out the dining room paneling, painted the floors, and covered every surface of the English Tudor teens house with wallpaper and pattern. (Apartment Therapy has some great photos; New York Magazine covered it too.) Corcoran broker Joy Weiner gets the listing, which will go up sometime this month. As you may recall, 30 Chester Court, a HOTD last week, is also available, and a commenter tells us another house on the block is coming to market soon. Would you pay a premium for the already decorated space?

Building of the Day: 16-32 Chester Court [Brownstoner]
House of the Day: 30 Chester Court [Brownstoner]
Photo by Jill Slater for Apartment Therapy (more…)

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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]

247-dean-street-lr-040813The list of celebrities in Brooklyn is getting rather long. Last week, actor Ethan Hawke sold his Chelsea town house and bought one in Boerum Hill at 247 Dean Street in Boerum Hill, The Real Estalker and Curbed reported. The house is mid-19th century, with a mix of Italianate and Greek Revival details, according to the listing. It was last listed for $3,900,000. Click through to the jump to see the very nice exterior.
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226-st-james-place-030313Big news: The Clinton Hill crib where The Notorious B.I.G. spent his childhood years can be yours for $725,000. Meanwhile, the blogs are debating whether or not this area was once considered Bed Stuy, which he calls home in some of his lyrics. From our own Montrose Morris: “Long story long, the case could be made that when he was a child, in the ’60s, his street was considered to be part of Bed Stuy. However, by the time he started his career as a criminal, it was definitely called Clinton Hill. And by the time he started rapping, there was no doubt it was Clinton Hill, and he was trading on the tough Bed Stuy reputation to make himself look badder and ballsier than his neighborhood actually was.”
Late Rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s Childhood Home Lists for $725K [Curbed]
Where Brooklyn At? Notorious B.I.G.’s Old Apartment On Sale [Gothamist]
Biggie Smalls’ Childhood Apartment in Brooklyn on the Market [NY Daily News]
226 St. James Place 3L Listing [Warren Lewis]
Photo by Warren Lewis

229-macon-street-032113From the annals of the improbable: Caterer to New York City socials Serena Bass has bought a townhouse in Bed Stuy, according to a story last week in The New York Post. (Bass used to own Serena’s in the basement of the Chelsea hotel; her ex husband David Shaffer is also ex husband to Vogue chief Anna Wintour.) The only listing we could find for the property is for a three-bedroom rental, which was asking $3,200 but recently dropped to $3,000. Bass’ son reportedly paid $860,000 for the property at 229 Macon Street, above. Bass plans to hold catering and cooking classes in the townhouse, according to the Post. Ah-mazing.
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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Uh-oh. Seems like “Girls” is doing for Greenpoint what “Sex and the City” did for the West Village. Tourists from as far away as Australia are flocking to Cafe Grumpy, above, to see where Lena Dunham’s character works as a barista, according to a story in Crain’s. Here’s hoping the show doesn’t feature Peter Pan anytime soon; it’s already hard enough to snag a donut there before they sell out. Can you imagine a Marc Jacobs store across the way on Manhattan Avenue?
Greenpoint Goes Really “Girls” Crazy [Crain's]
Photo via Dead Programmer’s Cafe

The townhouse at 33 Montgomery Place in Park Slope owned by Rory Kennedy (daughter of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy) and Mark Bailey was an Open House Pick back in May. And now it has another, even better-known owner. Robert Lopez, co-creator of The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q, and his wife Kristen Anderson Lopez, an actress, writer and music producer, bought the home earlier this month. After Kennedy bounced the asking price between $3.5 million and $3.7 million, it finally sold for $3.45 million, a bit below asking. Think the 10-room townhouse has enough room for all of those awards?

Park Slope Celeb Roll Call: You Win Some, You Lose Some [Fucked in Park Slope]
A Kennedy Sells Park Slope Townhouse [Brownstoner]