John Krasinski and Emily Blunt buy turn of the century Brooklyn townhouse
YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: Married actors and property gossip column regulars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt put all three of their stylishly appointed multi-million dollar homes in southern California up for sale last year, a serious sell-off scenario that makes a lot more sense now that it's come out, via our celebrity real estate cronies at Luxury Listings, they've relocated to New York City where early this year they surreptitiously shelled out $6 million for an ornately embellished semi-detached four-story limestone townhouse on a prime landmark block in Brooklyn's historic and leafy Park Slope 'hood. A careful parse of the floor plans included with online marketing materials indicates the 20-foot wide and approximately 4,400-square-foot residence, designed by esteemed architect Arthur R. Koch and built around the turn of the 20th century for prominent New York builder Otto Singer, has five proper bedrooms plus two tiny rooms that, in a pinch, could be bedrooms and a total of three full and two half bathrooms.
Just steps from Prospect Park, a 526-acre green space originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the handsome and fully updated residence features well-preserved original architectural details such as inlaid parquet floors, plaster moldings, and half of a dozen fireplaces with elegantly carved mantelpieces. Listing details show a classic, raised stoop entrance with wrought iron and glass doors that open to a small entry vestibule and foyer. A dynamite triple parlor stretches to more than fifty feet long when the original pocket doors that separate the rooms are opened and includes a street-facing sitting/music room with bay window while the middle sitting room has a fireplace flanked by stained glass windows positioned above display cabinets with leaded glass doors. The adjoining mahogany-paneled dining room includes a carved wood mantelpiece and the expensively equipped kitchen beyond features a large sky light, speckled taupe-toned granite counter tops on simple snow-white Shaker-style cabinets, a mahogany-trimmed bay window over the sink, a pricey array of high-quality stainless steel appliances, and a glass door that leads to an tree-shaded L-shaped backyard.
Two ample bedrooms on the second floor are linked by a slender pass-thru dressing room and share a large hall bathroom with steam shower and two more smaller but still decently sized bedrooms on the uppermost floor share another hall bathroom with the two aforementioned prison cell-sized potential bedrooms. Down in the basement there's a spacious guest/staff bedroom and hall bathroom along with a family room — listing details describe it as a "movie-theater room" — and a bedroom-sized laundry/storage room with attached half bathroom.
Mister Krasinki and Miz Blunt, she's currently starring on the silver screen in the psychological thriller "The Girl on the Train," and he scheduled to hold down the titular role in the Amazon action drama television series "Jack Ryan," sold a glassy three-story contemporary above L.A.'s Sunset Strip in July for $6.5 million to 20-year-old reality TV veteran turned dernier cri catwalker Kendall Jenner. The couple continue to own a four-bedroom and 3.5-bathroom home on a discrete and quiet cul-de-sac above Laurel Canyon that was put up for sale in September for $3.495 million — it is currently in escrow to be sold for an unknown amount to an unknown buyer — and the couple's getaway in Ojai, CA, which they snapped up in June 2012 for $2.15 million, first came to market almost a year ago, in November 2015, at $4.25 million and remains for sale with but a heavily reduced asking price of $3.25 million.
Launch Gallery: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Buy Brooklyn Townhouse