Brooklyn’s $11M Moonstruck Townhouse Finds Buyers

This 19th-century townhouse in Brooklyn Heights starred in the 1987 classic ‘Moonstruck’ starring mismatched lovebirds Cher and Nicolas Cage.

After initially listing for $12.85 million in February 2021, the charming property at 19 Cranberry St. has been signed. The last asking price was $11 million.

The neighborhood has gone up in price since the film’s release. The current sellers — Jane Gorrell and James Lansill — modernized the four-story, 26-foot-wide federal-style brownstone they purchased in 2007 for $3.85 million.

That price was more than “100 times” what the sellers, Edwards and Francesca Rullman, said the New York Times They had paid when they bought it almost 50 years earlier, in 1961.

Edwards Rullman, a former chair of the Brooklyn Heights Association’s Design Advisory Council, also led the prosecution for designating Brooklyn Heights as New York’s first historic district.

Built in 1829, the five bedroom home spans 5,568 square feet.

Interior shot of one of the bedrooms of the house.
One of the five bedrooms of the brownstone.
Evan Joseph Studios / The Corcoran Group
Interior shot of a living room in the house.
There is over 5,000 square feet of fireplace and chandelier sports space inside.
Evan Joseph Studios / The Corcoran Group
Exterior view of the patio area of ​​the house.
The townhouse features a grill-friendly outdoor deck.
Evan Joseph Studios / The Corcor

Design details include a mansard roof, sandstone staircase, restored ironwork, high ceilings and exposed beams, sliding doors, crown molding and marble mantels.

Outside there is a garden and a fenced wood oven.

The buyers, we hear, are local New Yorkers.

Corcoran stockbrokers Karen and Kyle Talbott declined to comment.

‣ Speaking of actors, some of Broadway’s biggest stars – including Tony winners Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adrienne Warren and Stephanie J. Block – stopped by the spiers of the Waldorf Astoria this week to celebrate photographer Jenny Anderson’s photo exhibition. Scenes Broadway moments.

Exterior of the Waldorf Astoria Towers.
The Waldorf Astoria celebrated photographer Jenny Anderson.
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The Towers was famously home to another Tony winner, Cole Porter, who wrote some of his most famous songs, such as “Night and Day”, “You’re the Top” and “Anything Goes” while continuing to live in a palatial suite almost three decades on the 33rd floor of the Waldorf.

The Waldorf also gave him a 1907 Steinway.

Exterior of the Waldorf Astoria Towers.
Cole Porter wrote “Night and Day”, “You’re the Top” and “Anything Goes” while living in a suite on the 33rd floor of the Waldorf for almost 30 years.
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The Waldorf Astoria gave Cole Porter a piano as a gift.
The Waldorf gifted a Steinway piano to Cole Porter in 1907.
Optimistic advice

‣ And finally, Liubasha Rose of Rose Ink Workshop designed the interiors for the new Wall Street Hotel at 88 Wall Street – including the lobby lounge, which features a hand-painted mural of the New York City skyline and a fireplace from a suite at the Waldorf Astoria .

Opened in June, the hotel features 180 guest rooms, a ballroom and a restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Hudson. Brooklyn’s $11M Moonstruck Townhouse Finds Buyers


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