Indie rocker Aaron Dessner sold his Victorian Flatbush house

Eye on Real Estate

November 2, 2016 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Aaron Dessner, seen here performing with  the National, his indie rock band, has sold his Victorian Flatbush house and recording studio. Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP
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I keep coming back here where everything slipped/ But I will not spill my guts out.

That’s a refrain from “Slipped,” a song by the National, an indie rock band that for several years recorded its music in a studio in Victorian Flatbush.

The studio was set up in band member Aaron Dessner’s garage at his house on 236 Stratford Road.

Now the music makers have moved away.

Earlier this year, Dessner sold the beautifully renovated shingle house, and the garage too, of course.

He had been asking $2.35 million for the property, as we previously reported. Brooklyn Hearth Realty was the listing broker.

The house is located in Beverly Square West, a mini-neighborhood established in 1898 by architect Thomas Benton Ackerson. The area is not landmarked.

Purchasers Joel Sternfeld and Anne Stuart Hawkins paid the asking price for 236 Stratford Road, city Finance Department records indicate.

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In an interview with music-centric website Pitchfork, Dessner said he has built a new recording studio at his upstate New York home.

He considers the studio a new home for the National — which is much needed “because everybody is scattered,” the musician told Pitchfork.  

He said his twin brother and fellow band member, Bryce Dessner, divides his time between the Catskills and Paris. The band’s frontman, Matt Berninger, lives in Los Angeles.


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