“Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant had recently taken over the listing for novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s gorgeous five-story Boerum Hill home, asking $8.995 million; the award-winning scribe first listed the home with Compass for $10.5 million last May. Now, according to The Real Deal, Serhant is the new owner of the 8,000-square-foot townhouse. Safran Foer bought the 1899 Greek Revival home at 374 Pacific Street for $5.4 million in 2014, so while the sale price represents a price chop, he didn’t do too badly on the deal.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Award-winning novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” has listed his brownstone at 374 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill for $10.4 million, according to Variety. When his first book in ten years, “Here I am,” was published last year, the Times referred to it as “often brilliant, always original but sometimes problematic,” and though we can’t find anything at all problematic about this 1899 Greek Revival residence, the former two accolades certainly apply. It was brilliantly renovated to include a three-story atrium cut through its core and a full rear wall of kitchen windows that overlook the private garden, and it’s full of original touches like a charming mix of mid-century-modern and rustic furniture and plenty of built-in bookshelves (of course). Perhaps all of this, plus the fact that there’s a separate garden floor apartment, is why Foer thinks he can double his profits after paying $5.4 million for it just a few years ago.
Real Estate Wire: Lantern-Style High-Rise One Step Closer to Reality; Jonathan Safran Foer Wants $13M for His Brooklyn Home, Wed, June 25, 2014
Today’s residential real estate news highlights in one digestible bite:
- Black House just closed on the $62M Hudson Yards site needed for Archilier Architecture’s lantern-like mixed-use tower. [TRD]
- A rare luxury residential building in Boerum Hill is on the sales block and could garner well over $50M. [NYP]
- Who says writers don’t make money? Author Jonathan Safran Foer wants $13M for his Park Slope home. [Curbed]
- The sale of Long Island College to Fortis Property Group has been finalized. Next up for the site? Luxury condos, of course. [Crain’s]
- A new 19-story mixed-use tower is rising in Kips Bay, plus 714 more condos for Downtown Brooklyn. [Curbed]
- The Landmarks Preservation Commission may not mind the Pastis building being topped off, but 290 West End Avenue won’t be getting a penthouse. [Curbed]
- A 5-story Greenwich walk-up apartment building just sold for double the price a seller bought it for three years ago. It took just a week and a half to find a buyer. [Crain’s]
Black House’s tower (left); The Jonathan Safran Foer pad (right}