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Jonathan Safran-Foer’s stunning Boerum Hill townhouse tries again for $9M

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It’s a dream townhouse, but has yet to find a buyer

Photographs by Rich Caplan

The townhouse at 374 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill has a long, somewhat complicated history: It was once a abandoned eyesore whose appearance was so offensive that its neighbors received $1 million after it sold at auction to make up for the years of neglect.

It re-emerged in 2013 after a stunning revamp, and managed to snag a high-profile buyer. Author Jonathan Safran-Foer snapped the place up in 2014, and further transformed it into a cozy, book-lined haven with lots of personality—as we previously noted, “a red inlay refreshes the living area’s herringbone wood floor, and playfully molded spindles give the home’s staircase, looked over by a skylight, a punch of character.”

But he’s been trying to sell the place for a little less than a year now: It first listed with Compass for $10.5 million, and then was discounted to $8.65 million. Now, he’s trying a new tactic: The house has returned with a new broker (Nest Seekers’s Ryan Serhant—does this mean we’ll see it on Million Dollar Listing New York??), and a lower price. It’s now asking $8.995 million.

With the new listing comes new photos, which show off a slightly more muted staging than we’d previously seen. But the particulars of the home remain the same: There are a whopping eight bedrooms (split between the main townhouse and a garden-level two-bedroom apartment) spread out over nearly 8,000 square feet, along with more than five bathrooms, a wood-burning fireplace, huge windows, a three-story atrium, and custom-designed decorative details in the kitchen and bathroom.

It’s basically the Platonic ideal of a Brownstone Brooklyn townhouse—but will the discounted price help it find a buyer? Only time will tell.