Lit Luminaries David Schisgall & Evgenia Peretz Heights-Bound With $5.7M Home Purchase

Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, Truman Capote, W.H. Auden, Thomas Wolfe, and Arthur Miller… Now Brooklyn Heights adds two more to its long list of literary luminaries. Documentary filmmaker & writer David Schisgall and his wife, Vanity Fair writer Evgenia Peretz, have purchased a single-family brownstone at 16 Garden Place, for $5.7 million, according to realtor webbie The Real Deal. The 3,650-square-foot three-story brownstone was built in 1901, and purchased from Katherine and Peter Darrow, according to city records.

Schisgall directed the 2007 documentary “Very Young Girls,” dealing with prostitution; and co-wrote the 2011 Paul Rudd feature film “Our Idiot Brother” with his wife. Peretz is the daughter of former New Republic editor & publisher Marty Peretz. ranks the deal as among the top 10 in Brooklyn Heights history, Real Deal reports.

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  • Gerry

    Welcome to Brooklyn Heights!

    We would love to take you to dinner at The Heights Casino after y’all have settled in here.

  • Jazz

    Gerry – you do not exist. You are a troll.

  • David

    Gerry is real. I have unfortunately met him…

  • NorthHeights

    Not sure whether being in the “top 10 deals in Brooklyn Heights history” is something to brag about, but in any event, this house (expensive as it is) sadly does not make the cut.

    Also I’m pretty sure the house was built before 1901.

    Martin Amis lives in Cobble Hill (and to my knowledge never has lived in the Heights).

    But hey, who needs accuracy when you can just cut & paste (errors and all) from another website?

  • DIBS

    I also think that Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, Martin Amis and Arthur Miller are in a much different literary category

  • NorthHeights

    The buyers got a good pretty good deal, right? There’s a whopping total of 6 houses for sale right now in the neighborhood. And 5 of them are fixer-uppers!

    42 Remsen: a $10 million mansion…subdivided into a 4-family co-op

    94 Hicks: $8.5 million mansion chopped up into 5 rentals

    20 Garden Place: $4.25 million where you’re invited to “bring your vision to this home with intriguing design possibilities”

    160 Clinton: $4.25 million where “the lower duplex needs redoing but has great potential”

    76 Willow St: $3.2 million 2-unit building used as long-term housing by Jehovah’s Witnesses

    If you want move-in condition, this is it:

    36 Garden Place: impeccably renovated townhouse…available at $8.5 million

  • Gerry

    @ David – its been way too long you must come over for dinner one night soon.

    @ Notth Heights – is 42 Remsen available as a whole house to be converted back to a private home? Are there 4 owners willing and ready to sell?

  • Mr. Crusty

    David January 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm #
    “Gerry is real. I have unfortunately met him…”

    My sympathies.

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  • Hipster heightster

    I still think this is hands down, positively the nicest block in all of Brooklyn.

  • Perruv

    Gerry’s not that guy who paces back and forth on the Promenade with his stomach exposed, is he?

  • Knight

    @Perruv: Or is Gerry the guy in the red flannel vest who hangs out in front of Peas & Pickles on Pineapple Walk? (I know they changed names but it will always be P&P in my mind.) That guy looks like a Gerry!

  • hicksanthrope

    Who are these people and why do we care?

  • hicksanthrope

    Wait.. the guy is a doc filmmaker and the woman writes for magazines and they can afford a 5.7 million dollar brownstone? Clearly something is missing from this article. More information please.

  • writer

    The not-famous BK Hts writer at thelunaticassylum DOT com can’t afford 5.7 million, and hasn’t been invited to dinner by the new neighbors. Nor are his emails to Mailer, Capote et al being answered. He does not lurk at P&P or the Prom. But if one must lurk, it’s a great neighborhood to do it in.

  • Wiley E.

    Gerry is the guy who parks the old red Volvo with the trailer next to the Casino on Hicks Street. The CT plates.

  • pankymom

    Hicksandthrope — trust. fund.

  • NorthHeights

    Her famous brother bought a pricey pad, too

  • David on Middagh

    NorthHeights, with the help of Wikipedia, I traced your hint back to the 19th Century and… sewing machine success!

  • hicksanthrope

    Ah yes, Old sewing machine money. Of course!