Giamatti Moves On Up in Brooklyn Heights

Flickr photo by justinhooch

Flickr photo by justinhooch

Real Estalker reports that  Brooklyn Heights resident Paul Giamatti has closed on a new $1.3 million coop in the neighborhood.  It’s not too far from his current celebrity crib.  Which is good news as it’s always exciting to see Paul walking around the Heights contemplating his next big role.

Giamatti currently holds the “title” of  Most Famous Man in Brooklyn Heights and is reportedly a member of the secret society Skull & Bones.  He’s been spotted in the Heights recently sporting a shaved head which may or may not have to do with his next role as a down and out laywer.  Shooting starts on that next film,  Win Win, here in NYC soon.

Real Estalker: Anyhoo, according to listing information, the condo that Mister Giamatti and his wife Elizabeth recently scooped up is located in a lovely pre-war building in the upscale Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and measures around 1,400 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 poopers. Despite the inelegant situation of the front door opening directly into the kitchen–an undesirable set up that allows the nosy bizzy-body in 4-A who’s always knocking on doors complaining about noise to see deep into your private quarters–it is non-the-less a decently considered and architect designed apartment well suited to a couple or small family.

From the front door one walks through the kitchen, past the secondary pooper and hangs right into a long gallery from which most rooms orbit. There are two archways from the gallery–which is really just an extra wide hallway–into the living/dining room that stretches an impressive 29-feet with eight windows on two walls including a gracefully bowed window in the living room.

The kitchen, not large, but still fitted with a breakfast bar, sits in the literal heart of the condo and besides seeming a bit enclosed does have light and air coming in from two windows, satisfactory grade stainless steel appliances and white Carrara marble counter tops.

Each of the three bedrooms are well situated and separated for maximum privacy from each other if not maximum privacy from the neighbors. The smallest bedroom, located behind the kitchen and just to the right of the front door would make a perfect home office. The room’s only window opens into an air shaft. As anyone who has ever has a New York City apartment that opens to an air shaft knows, this room lack a kind of privacy one might want in a bedroom. The second bedroom measures a generous 17 feet long and has another bowed window that looks out into the tree tops on the street side of the building.

The master boo-dwar, it can hardly be called a master “suite”, consists of a smallish bedroom, a windowed hallway, a walk-in closet and a small pooper. We’d say that the only saving grace of the master pooper is the double windows that provide for light and ventilation, but from the looks of things, those windows look directly into the apartment across the light well which means that the apartment opposite can look directly across the light well into Mister and Missus Giamatti’s pooper. This situation will ensure that those windows not only get frosted and/or covered up but will seldom if ever be open lest the neighbors be within earshot of some pretty intimate Giamatti family moments.

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  • C.

    What is the Skull and Bones society?

  • Summer Heights

    Oh C., Yahoo search….

  • Billy Reno

    Why would he move from a townhouse to a flat?!

  • Monty

    The author uses the word pooper two more times than it was funny enough to support. @C,

  • Brooklyn1

    He does not currently live in a townhouse. He lives in a nice pre-war elevator man building. Everyone understands the interest in a celebrity; however, I am sure we would all like a little privacy.

  • C.

    @ Monty:

    Cute. Didn’t think a google search would turn up anything being that it is “secret”.

  • asion

    I actually live in 4A and would like to correct the author on a point: my wife and I have two kids aged 3 and 1, so the last thing we’d be accused of is complaining about noise ;-)

  • Reggie

    Who is the least famous man in Brooklyn Heights, and are we using “man” as a synonym for human being or does the person have to have a Y chromosome?

  • cat

    Reggie: huh?

  • revroth

    Am I the only one who finds the whole “celebrity residents” section and posts like these revolting? Leave neighborhood residents their privacy, celebs or not. This is how we repay succesful people for buying into our neighborhood? Reporting on what are really their private affairs?