Buyer of Capote Home in Heights Revealed

March 22, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — The buyer of the Brooklyn Heights townhouse known fondly in the neighborhood as the Truman Capote home, because the author lived and wrote there, has been identified as Dan Houser, Rockstar Games co-founder and creator of Grand Theft Auto and other games.

The New York Observer identifed him online early Thursday and other blogs and news media quickly picked up the news item and began commenting on the distance between the eras of “In Cold Blood,” “In the Heights” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” — all reportedly written by Capote while he was living there — and Grand Theft Auto.

As the Eagle reported two weeks ago, the house at 70 Willow St. sold to a limited liability corporation (LLC) for $12.5 million, a record for Brooklyn Heights and for Brooklyn.

The Observer uncovered the identity of the buyer through mortgage documents and those related to the LLC filing.

The circa-1839 three-story home features 11 bedrooms, 11 fireplaces, a spiral staircase, a veranda, a backyard and a driveway.

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