When Amy Schumer put her river- and city-view Manhattan penthouse up for sale a couple months ago, the standup comedian, writer and actor didn’t leave much doubt that she and her young family planned to move to Brooklyn. “It’s pretty obvious where we are going,” she told the property gossips at The Wall Street Journal. “If you leave this borough, what borough do people usually move to? It’s not rocket science.”
Earlier this week, the real estate folks at the New York Post reported they heard Schumer and her chef husband Chris Fischer are in contract to acquire a stunningly rehabbed and exuberantly decorated townhouse in historic Brooklyn Heights. We’re now hearing the same.
The townhouse everyone is pointing their fingers at dates to 1829, was featured in the 1987 Oscar-winning rom-com “Moonstruck” and is aptly described in listings held by Karen Talbott at Corcoran as “impeccably renovated with restored original charm and attention to detail.” The deal has yet to close, and the sale price is yet to be confirmed but the asking price is $11 million.
Painstakingly restored to maintain much of its original opulence, but thoroughly up to date with all the luxuries and creature comforts of a well-heeled modern lifestyle, the 26-foot-wide and 5,600-square-foot home stands four stories atop a finished basement and is capped by a mansard roof. There are four and potentially five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms that feature both antique and new fittings, 30 windows and a handful of fireplaces with flamboyant original marble mantels. As lovely as it all is, however, the property’s most coveted feature just may be the gated parking area, a rare commodity in the neighborhood.
Highlights include a full-floor double parlor divided by pilaster-flanked pocket doors — the rear parlor spills out to a terrace with stairs to the garden, and a full-floor primary suite that comprises two small studies, a wardrobe-lined dressing room and a roomy bathroom in which the shower is housed in a glass vitrine. Three guest and family bedrooms share the top floor with a hall bath and a second laundry area.
There’s a small gym, a large laundry room and tons of storage in the cellar below the cozy library, wrapped in bespoke built ins, and the garden-level kitchen, which boasts antique floorboards, reclaimed cabinetry retooled with swish soft-close hardware, exposed ceiling beams, top-end culinary equipment and antique built-in wooden shutters.
Schumer’s soon-to-be-former Manhattan home, a light-filled 4,500-square foot contemporary space with 360-degree views from its floor-to-ceiling windows and giant wraparound terrace, was acquired in 2016 for $12.5 million and remains for sale at $15 million.