What $22K a Month Rents You in Brooklyn Heights

You, or at least one of your rich friends, can now rent the historic townhouse at 11 Cranberry Street for a mere $22,000 per month. Got that kinda change jingling around? It’s available through Vicki Negron at Corcoran:

Huffington Post: We’ve found the “dream” Brooklyn townhouse and it’s for rent!

Unfortunately, it is only available three months at a time but we’re pretty sure that is all you’ll be able to afford considering it costs $22,000 per month.

The townhouse is nearly 8,000 square feet with two kitchens, four and a half bathrooms and four fireplaces. Thankfully, the high price means the home is furnished (baby grand piano included) and a maid service comes twice a week.

The Mott Bedell House was built in 1840 for a ships chandler who lived on Wall Street. It is a historically significant home with unusual six by nine-paned windows, a Greek Revival brownstone doorway and a Flemish bond brick front. It is considered a prominent home in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, which was established by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965.

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  • j

    Wow!! I’m running to my piggy bank to get out the money right now…. thanks for the info : )

  • http://www.diana-vilibert.com Diana Vilibert

    Alright, so, shall we round up 22 of us and move in? I’ll bring the microwave.

  • Historian

    It’s a great street. The house next door sold for six million something. Capotes old place is on the market around the corner for $20 million.

  • nabeguy

    Is that $20 million with, or without, the scarf collection?

  • Historian

    The history of the Capote house is pretty interesting. For one thing, it’s not really the Capote house. It was owned by a guy who worked for the Metropolitan Opera and rented the garden apartment to Capote when he came to NY. Later, a guy who was a big shot at Lehman Bros owned it – he died in an accident not long after gut renovating it. I don’t know anything about the current owners (and the details are a bit sketchy.) Maybe somebody who knows more will clarify. The North Heights is really a pretty special place…

  • AEB

    Socks. Does it come with lots of socks? I need socks….

  • Homer Fink

    70 Willow, Truman’s House, is a stop on the Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour and we talk about some of its history.

  • David on Middagh

    “The North Heights is really a pretty special place…”


    Well, we try.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    The owner of 70 willow when Capote lived there was Oliver Smith, a distinguished set designer who became a co-director of the American Ballet Theater, as well as working on many Broadway productions and movies. The story I heard is that Smith gave Capote use of the garden apartment in exchange for services as a housekeeper. Smith went to Boston for several months to work on a production there; when he returned, he met a woman who asked him where he lived. When he said “Brooklyn Heights”, she told him she had recently attended a splendid party there, given by a young writer named Capote who lived in a grand house.

    AEB: just don’t try to bring any tube socks into the Heights. Especially the North Heights.

  • AEB

    Claude, I wouldn’t think of buying socks that weren’t first approved by the LPS.

    What say to these, which have a tasteful North Heights je ne sais quoi, I think:

    http://tinyurl.com/23o3l6x ?

  • AEB

    …I meant the LPC…..

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    More like Genessee quoi: the quality of a cheap beer brewed in Rochester.

  • Historian

    Thanks for setting me straight on the Capote history. That’s a great house. I wonder what was there before the big modern building was built next door.

  • digby

    what’s interesting about the regular comment makers on this site is that you all gloss over or entirely ignore the real questions related to posts like this. the real question here is why in the world would a property like this require $22k per month in rent? i understand adam smith, supply/demand, capitalism and the whole nine yards. but come on man, those of you who live in BH need to question things like this – bring some humility back to the neighborhood for Gods sake. Do you all, in the end, really seek nothing more than white, wealthy homogeneity around you?

  • nabeguy

    Yes, digby that is exactly what we seek. We are the brahmin, who have earned our status through hard work or hard lineage. I may not necessarily agree with, or even like, my white wealthy neighbors, but at least I can appreciate the fact that we have all arrived at a common understanding….namely, that the boat we share is not a dinghy.

  • Historian

    Brooklyn has one of the most diverse group of property owners in the country. Rising rents and property values benefit them all. They also contribute to rising property taxes, which support schools, police, fire and a wide range of city services for all residents. Race is irrelevant – location is the key driver of property cost. The same house in Baltimore would cost substantially less. In the West Village, substantially more.