At $15.5 million, the townhouse that actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany just purchased on Brooklyn Heights is believed to be one of the most expensive transactions ever closed in the New York City borough.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the box office stars have sold their penthouse in Tribeca (for $9 million) and just purchased the 8,000 square foot townhome in Brooklyn Heights from a Goldman Sachs executive—a transaction that real estate agents say represents one of the most expensive to ever transpire in Brooklyn.
With views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, the 25-foot-wide Brooklyn Heights home is a homecoming for the actors, who—according to the Observer—first lived together in Park Slope in 2003 (in a seven-bedroom house they "scooped up" for $3.7 million, then sold just five years later in 2008 for $8.45 million). That place is currently back on the market for $12.9 million, and you can check it out in the gallery below:
Connelly and Bettany's new home at 140 Columbia Heights is a "truly exquisite historic renovation on the Promenade", according to the listing with Corcoran (and its impossibly tiny photos from 2006), featuring downtown views from every one of the five floors (connected by a "period elevator") plus three terraces. There are four bedrooms and 12 total rooms, including an entire master bedroom wing on the third floor, plus both a "formal parlor floor", with a wood-burning fireplace and floor to ceiling windows that lead out onto a custom-designed wrought iron terrace, and a more casual family entertaining floor, with a butler's pantry and an eat-in kitchen leading out to an English garden. On the top floor, there's a "media room" and a gym—both with abundant skylights.
WSJ reports that the sellers, former Goldman Sachs co-chairman of global acquisitions & mergers Tom Ingrassia and his wife, Stefanie, purchased the property in 2006 for $10.75 million, but it's unclear if they made any significant updates in the last decade plus of ownership.