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Record-breaking Brooklyn Heights house sales, past and possibly future

Eye on Real Estate: Price cut for 146 Willow St.

April 13, 2017 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Will 27 Monroe Place, the rowhouse in the center of this photo, be a record-breaker when its sale closes? Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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Will a Brooklyn Heights Historic District rowhouse once again become the priciest house sold in the borough?

If there’s a winner in this sweepstakes, it is no longer likely to be 146 Willow St.

The asking price of the stunning renovated brownstone had been $16 million.

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If it had sold for that sum, it would have broken the record set by the sale of 177 Pacific St. in Cobble Hill, which photographer Jay Maisel bought for $15.5 million in 2015.   

But this week, 146 Willow St.’s joint listing brokers, Corcoran Group and Compass, revealed on their websites that the asking price has been sliced by $1 million — and is now $15 million.

This puts the property out of the running as a record-breaker — unless a buyer who wants to pay more than the asking price appears.   

The Willow Street property is a former multifamily building that real estate developer Shahrzad Khayami has transformed into a stunning single-family home. She purchased it through an LLC for $6.8 million in 2014, Finance Department records show.


Jared Kushner renovated 27 Monroe Place

The Brooklyn Heights rowhouse that’s a more likely candidate for winning the distinction as highest-price house sold in Brooklyn is 27 Monroe Place.

It had been on the market at an asking price of  $16 million and is now in contract, as was the first to report. Corcoran Group has the listing.

The 1840s-vintage rowhouse was recently renovated and turned into a splendid single-family home by the Kushner Cos.

The real estate firm purchased it for $7,419,004 in 2014 from Brooklyn Law School, city Finance Department records indicate.

At that time, as you of course know, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was in charge of the Kushner Cos. He has stepped away from the firm now that he’s President Trump’s senior adviser.

The house where Truman Capote lived was a record-breaker

Real estate-obsessed Brooklynites will recall that prior to the sale of 177 Pacific St., the record-breaker was the Brooklyn Heights house where Truman Capote lived while working on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood,” namely 70 Willow St.

“Grand Theft Auto” video-game creator Dan Houser and his wife Krystyna paid $12.5 million in March 2012 for the 1830s Greek Revival-style mansion, Finance Department records indicate.

Since then, when renovating the iconic house, they stripped off the yellow paint that made it easily recognizable to literature-loving visitors to Brooklyn Heights.

Before the sale of 70 Willow St., there was the $11 million sale of 212 Columbia Heights in January 2012.

The 1860s-vintage Columbia Heights house, designed with Renaissance Revival details, has frontage on the Promenade.

The last time anybody had paid that much money for a Brooklyn house had been 2003, when a house in Gravesend, 450 Avenue S, changed hands.

Finance Department records indicate that the purchaser of 212 Columbia Heights was FAE Holdings 411286R LLC. Three months later, ownership was transferred to Black Capital Partners Realty LLC, whose managing members are Mark B. Werner and Dawn J. Werner.

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