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70 Willow St. (Brooklyn)

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Karen Heyman of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing on this tranquil Brooklyn home for $18 million. The highest price ever paid for a single residence in Brooklyn was $12 million, so this home can in fact set a new record when it is sold. The townhouse is roughly 9,000sf with 11 bedrooms and 8 baths. It is the home where Truman Copote lived during the 1950’s/60’s. Copote never owned the house, but rather rented out the garden apartment. Having access to such a fantastic backyard with a Charleston porch and loads of greenery could sure inspire a writer-in-residence. In fact Capote penned many of his books while living in this Brooklyn Heights enclave. One such book “A House on the Heights” is little known, but clearly draws its inspiration from the neighborhood that Capote was so overjoyed to live in. He always said that he lived in Brooklyn “by choice”.

I decided to spend a little time on this lazy sunday, getting to know what makes Brooklyn Heights so special. There is definitely a twinkle, a little glimmer, especially during the evening hours when the sun is setting on one of the best views of Manhattan. Standing on the Promenade, ¬†which I entered from Montague Street, I encountered a view like no other, and thankfully, a long row of benches stretching for 3 city blocks where one could sit down with a cup of chai and find some solace. I wanted to know if Truman Capote decided to live on Willow St. because of its close proximity to this view. I sure wouldn’t mind waking up to this in the morning.

The Henry Pierrepont Mansion located at one of the entrances to the Promenade “#2-3 Pierrepont Place” designed by Richard Upjohn in 1857

Written by agnesbstanton

January 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Posted in Brooklyn, Townhouse