Actress Michelle Williams and her fiancé, director Thomas Kail, have picked up a townhome in Brooklyn Heights, an upscale neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. The $10.8 million purchase is one of the most expensive in the area, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Williams, who recently received a Golden Globe for her performance in “Fosse/Verdon” (which Kail directed), is just the latest star to move into the neighborhood. But she is no stranger to the borough.
The “Brokeback Mountain” actress had previously purchased a mansion in Prospect Park in 2015, and sold a townhouse in neighboring Boerum Hill for $8.8 million in 2014, according to the Real Deal.
The 1820s-era home of 3,000 square feet was paid for with a trust connected to Kail, according to the Journal. Along with the townhouse, the two bought an adjacent lot.
Alas, the property was reportedly purchased off market, so we have no listing photos to take a peek inside.
But we do know this splashy transaction is just the latest star-powered pilgrimage on these treelined streets.
A year ago, the A-list couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski picked up two condos in the Standish building for a whopping $11 million. Matt Damon also reportedly made a record-breaking $16.745 million purchase for the penthouse in the same building at the end of 2018.
Other boldfaced names who have called Brooklyn Heights home include Paul Giamatti and the power couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
While Brooklyn has a reputation as a hipster haven, filled with bars, restaurants, and boutiques, Brooklyn Heights is a quieter, and very exclusive, cousin.
“Brooklyn, and specifically Brooklyn Heights, offers more residential neighborhoods with families, treelined streets, great parks, and sometimes beautiful views of the water. That’s a real draw for celebrities and urban dwellers in general,” says Bill Caleo of the Brooklyn Home Company.
“To live in a home that provides a city experience in such a beautiful and comfortable atmosphere is really special.”
Just one subway stop or bike ride over Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, the posh yet peaceful neighborhood is known for its stately brownstones, the picturesque paths of the waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park, as well as the iconic Brooklyn Heights Promenade. And for locals, the restaurants and bars of Henry Street are a stroll away.
“My experience is [that famous] people in Brooklyn, specifically Brooklyn Heights, feel comfortable walking around their neighborhood, sitting in local coffee shops and restaurants, and taking their dogs to the park, without the fear that they’ll be accosted or someone will take a picture of them in their sweats and sell it to some tabloid,” says listing agent Lindsay Barton Barrett of Douglas Elliman.
Should you be in the market for a townhouse, you can check out Barrett’s listing of this renovated beauty, currently one of the most expensive homes on the market in Brooklyn Heights.
Completely transformed by the Brooklyn Home Company, the now turnkey, 8,000-square-foot, five-story space includes six bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, a wine room, gym, playroom, a garden, and a roof deck, and is being offered for $14.5 million.
Another star-studded purchase might be in the making.