Nestled on a picturesque, tree-lined street in Boerum Hill – a relaxed village in the northwestern portion of Brooklyn, New York – rests an incredibly chic, Greek Revival brownstone that is a book lover’s dream, and it could be yours to the tune of $8.995 million.
“This is one of the single largest homes that exist in Boerum Hill, with nearly 8,000 square feet of interior space,” says listing agent Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers International. “The light-filled house spreads 6,473 square feet across five floors, with an additional 1,040 square feet in the full-height cellar.”
The gut-renovated, 26-foot-wide home is owned by Jonathan Safran Foer, New York Times bestselling author of two award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, plus a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals.
Much like his books, Foer’s home is a work of art, boasting soft eastern light that pours through 10-foot-tall windows. In the main living space, a wood-burning fireplace is flanked by custom beech bookcases that are both visually stunning and efficient, nearly touching the room’s 12-foot ceilings.
A gorgeous chef’s kitchen invites you to entertain with ease and comes well-equipped with an elongated island, fully integrated high-end appliances, and unique beech cabinetry designed by award-winning Brooklyn firm, Workstead.
We love how the walls of windows bring the outdoors in, offering inspiring views in which to cook, eat, or perhaps pen a few thoughts of your own.
In addition to a formal entry, there is a jaw-dropping three-story atrium that leads to one gracious room after another. The entire second floor houses a tranquil master suite, complete with massive custom closet, handsome study/den, private office, sitting area with wood-burning fireplace, and an exquisite spa-quality bath.
The 22-foot long en-suite is a thing of beauty with double sinks and herringbone tile floors, but the claw-foot tub with garden views is the pièce de résistance!
Other items of note include: third- and fourth-floor bedrooms with full baths, a convenient laundry room, spacious family room with fireplace and access to a 25-foot-wide terrace, and a sunny recreation room.
Even more enticing is the added bonus of a 1,430-square-foot, garden-floor guest apartment. The charming addition would make for a fabulous rental or mother-in-law suite, featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, open-concept layout, and access to the private garden.
We envision many a book plot being conjured from the warm and inviting spaces of this masterful brownstone. And if we haven’t piqued your interest enough, here is an excerpt about the owner courtesy of Amazon:
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the bestseller Everything Is Illuminated, named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the winner of numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize. Foer was one of Rolling Stone’s “People of the Year” and Esquire’s “Best and Brightest.” Foreign rights to his new novel have already been sold in ten countries. The film of Everything Is Illuminated, directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood, will be released in August 2005. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been optioned for film by Scott Rudin Productions in conjunction with Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures. Foer lives in Brooklyn, New York.