Well, this is bittersweet. After divorcing in 2013, authors Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer have split the ownership of their Park Slope townhouse, with Krauss buying out her ex-husband earlier this year for just over $3 million. Real Estate Weekly first reported on the sale (and other sources followed). The selling price is a paltry sum compared to the $14.5 million the couple originally listed it for in October 2013. Last year that price was reduced to $13 million, to no avail.
Krauss and Safran Foer bought the Park Slope home in 2005 for $5.75 million. The couple was married for ten years before parting ways. Safran Foer is the bestselling writer behind novels like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Everything is Illuminated. Krauss, an acclaimed writer herself, is known for Man Walks Into A Room and The History of Love.
Also revealed as part of that transaction: the fact that Safran Foer was the mystery buyer behind the formerly neglected Boerum Hill home at 374 Pacific Street that sold for $5.4 million last year. He too bought it for $2 million under the original asking price.
· Jonathan Safran Foer's former home bought by ex for fraction of listing price [Real Estate Weekly]
· Still Incredibly Close: Nicole Strauss Buys Jonathan Safran Foer Out of Brooklyn Pad [New York Observer]
· Jonathan Safran Foer Reduces Price of Park Slope Mansion [Curbed]
· Once-Neglected Boerum Hill House Emerges From Renovation [Curbed]