Slope Home of Split Writers Doesn’t Sell, Nicole Krauss Buys Out Ex Jonathan Safran Foer

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    For now, she’s staying in the swanky Park Slope townhouse, while he bought an even grander house in Boerum Hill.

    In 2005, then-literary power couple Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Everything Is Illuminated) and Nicole Krauss (Man Walks Into a Room, The History of Love) bought a 7,670 square foot Park Slope limestone for $5,750,000 and lined it with books.

    Multiple bestsellers, two kids, and 10 years later, Krauss and Foer may have broken up, but they’re keeping the property in the family.

    Not for lack of trying. Prior to announcing their split, the writers listed their home at 646 2nd Street in 2013 for $14,500,000. Despite a reduction to $13,000,000, the house never sold.

    Jonathan Safran Foer Park Slope Townhouse

    646 2nd Street. Photo by Douglas Elliman

    Safran Foer Park Slope 2nd Street

    646 2nd Street. Photo by Douglas Elliman

    One of only several Brooklyn homes at the time asking over $10,000,000, the house is on a triple lot, and has eight fireplaces and a solarium.

    But after so long without any takers, Krauss bought out her ex’s share of the home for $3,030,000, according to public records — essentially splitting the original purchase price.

    Meanwhile, in Boerum Hill, Safran Foer has purchased 374 Pacific Street. An extraordinary and rare 26-foot-wide mid-19th-century Gothic Revival brownstone, it is in the AIA Guide, but it was also a decaying wreck for decades. By the time a developer bought it, in 2010, it was not even a full shell.

    The developer renovated it into an ultra-luxury home, and put it on the market for $7,900,000, an unheard of price in the area at the time. Safran Foer shelled out $5,400,000 for it in 2014.

    The Gothic Revival brownstone now boasts central air, herringbone floors, what may be the original staircase, and some old-style details that are, presumably, new.

    Brooklyn real estate may not be able to keep couples together, but at least it keeps them in the borough.

    372 Pacific Street

    374 Pacific Street. Photo by Douglas Elliman

    [Source: REW | Top photo: Wikimedia and Kate Leonova for PropertyShark]

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