November 16, 2015
Jonathan Safran Foer finally sells extremely expensive and incredibly located apartment—to ex-wife Nicole Krauss
by Ena Brdjanovic
Today, in news that’s not at all indicative of the reality of being a writer, author Nicole Krauss has bought out her ex, fellow writer and boyfriend-to-Michelle-Williams Jonathan Safran Foer, for sole ownership of their Park Slope, Brooklyn mansion. Rarely are two things as mutual exclusively as being a writer of fiction and owner of million-dollar real estate, but Safran Foer and Krauss have defied the odds, many times over.
Though amicably separated since 2013, Safran Foer, the author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Krauss, best known for Man Walks Into A Room and The History of Love, have spent the better part of the last two years trying to find a taker for their 7,000+ square-foot Prospect Park-adjacent limestone (the façade is Indiana limestone, not brownstone; when you hear the price, you’ll want to split hairs, too). If each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, for the divorced writers, that special way resided in this magnificent but seemingly unsellable Park Slope townhouse.
According to Curbed‘s Tanay Warerkar, Safran Foer and Krauss purchased the property for $5.75 million in 2005, and eight years later, put it back on the market with an asking price of $14.5 million. [Crickets.] When no one called their bluff, they lowered the price to $13 million. [Crickets, still.] The home has been on the market for two years, unabatedly failing to attract a buyer. Until last week, that is. Per public record, Krauss bought out her ex-husband for $3.03 million, less than a quarter of the list price.
Built in 1901, the limestone features seven bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a roof deck, a private cobblestone parking spot, and the “largest private garden in Brownstone Brooklyn.” You can check out that private garden, as well as some nice parquet floors, in the book trailer for Safran Foer’s Eating Animals. (though, The Moby Awards voted this particular marketing video Most Annoying Performance by an Author, so might we suggest the mute button?)
The pair will still be incredibly close, though—about three miles apart. Safran Foer recently purchased a brownstone on Pacific Street in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood.
Ena Brdjanovic is Director of Digital Media at Melville House.