Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Partner Issues, Real Estate

Lawyerly Lairs: A Partner Sells in Brooklyn

Garden Place: one of the loveliest blocks in Brooklyn (or all of New York City, for that matter). If you have $10 million to spare, you can live here too.

A friend of mine recently made partner at a top New York law firm. A senior partner called to offer congratulations: “Now you can finally move out of Brooklyn!”

But my friend doesn’t want to move out of Brooklyn — and with good reason. Over the past few years, what was once viewed as a dangerous, dirty, and downmarket borough has become hot, happening, and high-end. It’s not for nothing that GQ famously dubbed Brooklyn “the coolest city in the planet.”

Brooklyn may be newly hip (and increasingly expensive), but some people have known about its charms for years. Take this partner at a leading New York law firm, a longtime resident, who has placed his Brooklyn Heights townhouse on the market — for an eight-figure sum….

'Nobody puts Baby - and her lesbian lover? - in the corner.'

We learned of the news via one of our favorite reads, the real estate blog Curbed:

The owner of this immaculate Brooklyn townhouse at 36 Garden Place has been a partner at Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett for more than 30 years, and was recently named one of the country’s most influential mergers & acquisitions lawyers. For the past 25 years, he and his wife have been living in this house on one of the most charming streets in Brooklyn Heights.

Recently renovated, the home reflects conservative taste — save for some avant garde artwork — with filigreed wallpaper, formal window treatments, antique clocks, crystal chandeliers, and silver service. Listed for $10M, the five-bed, seven-bath house would set a record for the block if it sells at this price, more than double the previous record, which sold for $4.9M back at the height of the market in 2007.

Curbed is playing coy, but we have no such discretion. We’ll tell you the identity of the partner in question….

(hidden for your protection)

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