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The fuhgeddaboudit borough broke another record this week. Billionaires Vincent and Theresa Viola have sold their 11,580-square-foot townhouse at 8 Montague Terrace in Brooklyn Heights for $25.5 million, or $2,002 per square foot, to a yet-to-be-named buyer.
That’s $5.5 million more than the neighborhood and the borough home sale record.
Built for a wealthy sea merchant in 1875, the Violas paid just $8 million for the brownstone in 2007.
They converted the six-floor, seven-family home into a single-family mansion fit for a king, replete with 10 woodburning fireplaces, hand-carved walls, water views and a 250-square-foot deck.
But this isn’t the first time Brooklyn Heights has upped the ante in the city’s largest borough.
Here’s a look at the historic hood’s previous real estate capstones.
The Brooklyn home sale record had been held by a relatively new arrival to the historic neighborhood. Last April, the penthouse of Quay Tower, a 126-unit luxury condo building on the waterfront, sold for a whopping $20.3 million.
The price-busting apartment spent 18 months in contract with an undisclosed New Yorker who is now enjoying the 7,433-square-foot spread (including a 1,179-square-foot patio) on the top two floors of the tower.
Before Quay, the record-setter for most expensive Brooklyn property belonged to actor Matt Damon (above, inset) and his wife Luciana Barroso. The couple splashed out $16.7 million on a six-bedroom, 6,200-square-foot penthouse in The Standish — a 1903 hotel converted into a 12-story, 32-unit luxury condo building at 171 Columbia Heights.
Apartments in the building boast bright open designs with premium everything, including Carrara marble, white-oak flooring and rain showers.
Three years before Matt Damon made the scene, photographer Jay Maisel wore the Brooklyn Heights crown with his six-story, 10,000-square-foot townhouse at 177 Pacific St. The $15.5 million deal came with six bedrooms, six baths, a movie theater, gym, playroom, wine cellar and even an elevator. Bonus spaces include a finished basement, outdoor kitchen, a giant garage and a 2,600-square-foot rooftop garden.
In cold cash
When an iconic novelist and a video game tycoon descend on Brooklyn it makes for record-setting deals.
Truman Capote, the author of “In Cold Blood” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” once lived in the Greek revival townhouse located at 70 Willow St. The 1839-built, 9,000-square-foot, 18-room property set a record in 2012 when “Grand Theft Auto” creator Dan Houser purchased it for $12.5 million.
The home boasts 38 windows including floor-to-ceiling parlor exposure, French doors and Federal columns, 11 fireplaces, an artist studio and a pool.
What’s more, there’s an impressive list of historic characters who have traipsed through its rooms, including Jackie Kennedy and Broadway stage designer Oliver Smith. It was even used for organizing the anti-suffrage movement and, separately, as a Red Cross classroom for the wives of soldiers in WWII.
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