By Lore Croghan
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Question of the day: Who are the sellers of Brooklyn's most expensive home?
Answer: Claire Silberman Leaf, a philanthropist and former lawyer, and her husband Stuart Leaf, founder of hedge fund Cadogan Management.
Their penthouse at One Brooklyn Bridge Park just hit the sale market for a stratospheric $32 million asking price.
Kudos to Curbed.com for bringing to light the Sotheby's listing of the glam condo on the water's edge in Brooklyn Heights. The apartment is inside Brooklyn Bridge Park, in former Watchtower property 360 Furman St., which developer Robert Levine converted into an oh-so-desirable apartment building.
The condo's current owners are identified as Parksite LLC in city Finance Department records, as Curbed.com noted. Scrutiny of city Buildings Department filings turns up Claire Silberman Leaf as the name behind the LLC.
A phone call to the residence further confirmed that the apartment belongs to her and her husband. The couple has lived in Brooklyn Heights since the 1980s, online sources indicate. Neither Claire nor Stuart has called back, or responded to an email.
For a time, they rented 70 Willow St., a source said – the stunning 19th-century Brooklyn Heights house that's in tourist guidebooks because Truman Capote lived there while writing Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.
By coincidence, the Willow Street house, on a landmarked block of Brooklyn Heights, currently holds the record for Brooklyn's priciest home sale, having changed hands for $12.5 million in 2012.
The Leafs' apartment at One Brooklyn Bridge Park – created from three separate apartments – was turned into a single unit by well-regarded architect Jared Della Valle when he was at Della Valle + Bernheimer Design, Buildings Department records show. He is now a principal of DUMBO-based Alloy Development.
The 11,000-square-foot, six-bedroom apartment has cool things that would make you want to stay at home a lot – like a landscaped terrace, a wine cellar that holds 3,500 bottles, a screening room and a gym with a climbing wall, according to Curbed.com and Sotheby's listing. The views are jaw-dropping, judging from Sotheby's photos.
A few blocks away, a Brooklyn Heights brownstone that is also vying to break the record for Brooklyn's priciest home – for half the price of the Leafs' condo – is 192 Columbia Heights. The 1850s-vintage home along the Promenade is being offered for $16 million, with Kevin J. Carberry Real Estate and Corcoran sharing the co-exclusive.