Capote House on Willow Sells for $12 Million

The yellow house at 70 Willow Street where Truman Capote once lived has been sold after being on the market since May of 2010.

New York Daily News: After almost two years on the market, the yellow mansion where Capote wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has reportedly fetched the highest price for a single-family home in borough history.

The previous record for a Brooklyn single-family house was $11 million for a house also in the Heights. The median house price in the borough is $454,383.

According to the Daily News article, the house disappeared from Sotheby’s broker Karen Heyman’s listings on her web page Friday. She hasn’t responded to inquiries, but unnamed sources told the News that a buyer, acting under a corporate name, bought it for “about $12 million.” The story also quotes neighbors as seeing unusual activity in and around the house recently.


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  • Gerry

    Not long ago the Othmer residence was listed at $25 million and I dont know if it ever sold this $12.5 seems like a bargian.

  • Eddie

    It was probably NYU who bought this house–they’re almost done taking over Manhattan.

  • Andrew Porter

    I have a hundred-year-old pamphlet which shows a photo of the circular staircase sweeping up from the first floor in this house.

  • stuart

    When all is said and done, this is a spectacularly beautiful house. A museum quality house. A trophy house. Considering how much regular browsntones go for, this could be considered a bargain.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    The backyard and spectacular porch are highlights at 70 Willow but unfortunately the JW dorms destroyed what was once a wonderful view looking west. With that view in place there is no telling what this place would have sold for.

  • Matthew Parker

    HuffPo has some nice photos of 70 Willow: