Eye On Real Estate
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring.
That line from poet Gerard Manley Hopkins came to mind the other day as we strolled the streets of Brooklyn Heights, checking up on some properties.
Lilac and cherry trees were blooming, stunning arrays of flowers were sprouting in window boxes and ornamental urns, green leaves — finally! — had unfurled on branches. There were blue hydrangeas on Orange Street. Hmm. The Mets’ team colors.
The city’s oldest landmarked neighborhood is an ideal setting for the season to shine.
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Did you know that 135 Joralemon St., the demure white clapboard house with the lovely tulip garden out front, belongs to the Queen of Gothic Rock?
That’s angel-voiced singer Amy Lee.
Lee, whose married name is Amy Hartzler, and husband Joshua Hartzler are identified in city Finance Department records as owners of the distinctive 1830s-vintage home. They bought the Federal-style house with the cast-iron porch through a trust for $4.189 million in 2008, the records show.
The developer who sold it to them, Howard Haimes, had restored the house. It had been damaged in a fire and allowed to fall into such disrepair that it was referred to by some Brooklyn Heights residents as “the haunted house.”
These days, it’s wonderful to see 135 Joralemon’s meticulously kept exterior and sweet front garden, considering what a mess it used to be.