On the market for $12 million, 104 Willow Street’s owner and Brown Harris Stevens are might hit a new sales record for Brooklyn. The previous record, also $12 million, belongs to 70 Willow Street which sold to Dan Houser, creator of Grand Theft Auto, last year.
New York Times: The town house in its original incarnation was built by Robert Speir, a slightly homesick immigrant from Glasgow, who found Manhattan too urban for his taste and moved his family to Brooklyn in 1820. Six years later he had completed his dream house, and his business of importing Merino sheep (they and their bovine brethren grazed in the backyard, which sloped downhill toward the river) was going gangbusters. Mr. Speir, who died in 1856, built residences at 102 and 106 Willow Street to accommodate his children and grandchildren.