Literary pair pays $5.7M for Brooklyn brownstone

Schisgall, Peretz purchase three-story home that ranks among Brooklyn’s priciest

TRD New York /
Jan.January 07, 2013 01:30 PM

Brooklyn Heights — home, at different times, to Norman Mailer, Truman Capote and Martin Amis — can add two more literary stars to its list of illustrious residents. Documentary filmmaker and writer David Schisgall, and his wife, Vanity Fair writer Evgenia Peretz, purchased a single-family brownstone at 16 Garden Place, at Joralemon Street, for $5.7 million, according to records filed with the city.

The 3,650-square-foot home was built in 1901, according to Schisgall and Peretz purchased the three-story brownstone from Katherine and Peter Darrow.

Schisgall directed the 2007 documentary on prostitution “Very Young Girls,” and co-wrote the 2011 Paul Rudd feature film “Our Idiot Brother” with his wife, according to information on the Internet Movie Database. Peretz is the daughter of former New Republic editor and publisher Marty Peretz.

And while this sale has nothing on the record-smashing Truman Capote sale, for $12 million last year, the closing price still puts the sale in the top 10 for Brooklyn Heights in recorded history, according to

The sale also appears to have been off-market, as no listing associated with the transaction appears on The sale might have been yet another spurred by fiscal cliff and tax hike fears, as it closed on December 20, according to records.

Schisgall was not immediately available for comment.

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