No Sleep Til Brooklyn! (RIP MCA)

I'm so excited that we can finally share our news! We're moving to Brooklyn Heights this summer! We found the perfect-for-us brownstone. It has lots of space (even a back yard!) and Michael's commute will be about 10 minutes, door to door.

The best and worst part of all - the house needs some renovating. For the past decade, four bachelors have been living there and they have not been super... tidy, let's say. Mostly, the house needs a good scrubbing  and some new paint. But also the kitchen and bathrooms need various levels of upgrading. The great news is the owners are willing to subsidize our rent and pay for the renovating. And I get to blog about it! Hooray!

I can't tell you how thrilled we are. We've been having a nagging feeling for the past couple months that we needed to move, though we weren't sure where. We looked at a couple of apartments in our neighborhood, and I stalked real estate (in other states even!) and then I randomly checked the Craiglist listings for Brooklyn Heights one day about a month ago. There was this tiny little sentence or two about a brownstone available and that they were looking for a family. Not much more info than that, and no photos (normally sort of a deal breaker, right?). I decided to call anyway and I'm SO glad I did. The owners are just the nicest people. The process has taken about a million times longer than most NYC real estate transactions (two years ago we found, toured and signed on our loft in less than 72 hours!), but it's sort of nice to do things the good old fashioned slow way every once in a while. We feel good, they feel good - it really is the perfect place for our family.

We're going to finish up the school year here in Manhattan, then we'll go out of town for a little vacation and come back at the end of July to move just a hop, skip and a jump across the bridge. I still have some projects I'd like to wrap up and photograph here at the loft anyway, so the timing works really well.

I'm so jazzed about this, guys! It's been sort of a rough year for us in some aspects, and we needed a big win. This was totally in the 'win' category. :)

xoxo



87 comments:

Vera said...

That is exciting! Can't wait to see before and after pics, and even the mock ups of what you're going to do to your new place. Yay!

Moonlight said...

Your new house looks -and sounds- amazing! I hope that turning it into a home will be a joy in all its aspects!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!
Please if you have the spare time can you do upload pictures of your whole apartment? We've always seen different sections as you update them but I'd so love to see the whole thing.

Nat said...

Congratulations!! How exciting! Brooklyn Heights will be a great place for you all

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

So exciting. Part of me would love to live in a city again. The house looks like an amazing score!

Janna McCalley said...

A big congratulations! Of course I can't wait to see what you do to fix it up!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

That's so exciting. Can't wait to see all you will do with the new place!

Helen James said...

congratulations, nothing like that feeling, look forward to seeing the project unfold. You will love brooklyn heights SUCH a great neighborhood x

Laurie said...

How exciting. Can't wait to watch it evolve on your blog. So happy you have a little yard!

Toria said...

so so exciting! congratulations. i cant wait to see what kinds of things you do to the place! and a yard plus short commute- big big win!
fI always think of the cosby's when I see Brooklyn brownstones- and their place was huge(!) inside. i'm so dying to see whats inside those doors :)

My Crafty Home Life said...

Yeah for renovations!! Change is always a good thing. Congrats

Shanna said...

Hooray for you! Sad for me. What's happening with your loft? Is the owner going to leave the walls up?? (wink wink)

maggie said...

This sounds wonderful. I'm so happy for you and your family!

pve design said...

Congratulations! I know that the owners will adore you and your charming family. How lucky are they to have you to restore some needed tlc and grace into that lovely brownstone.
pve

Pretty Clucked Up said...

go you, for taking the leap and being adventurous enough to contact the folks about that house! can't wait to see what you do with it. best of luck to you and your family in your new home...

Stefania said...

Congrats! We are in *still* renovating over five years after moving in, but we are in the home stretch! (We are not that slow, haha, it's just been a complete gut-and-rebuild, aside from the structural stuff.)

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I am a regular reader who also lives in Brooklyn Heights, and I think you are going to love it! It's a great neighborhood, and I don't think there is any way to get me back to Manhattan now that I have been so spoiled!

Kelli Ward said...

so exciting. your place looks amazing. my little family is actually moving to brooklyn heights in August from Chicago. See you there!

Kelli
www.truebias.com

Jillian {Her Split Ends} said...

Congrats!! That's so exciting. Can't wait to see pics and hear about all the plans to finish it!!

Cheers
~ jillian
www.hersplitends.com

Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} said...

That's so exciting! Congratulations! You always have such fun and creative projects. I can't wait to see what you do with your new space.

Like Me Some said...

Congrats! How very exciting! I can't even imagine just how fab you will make this place!!

G said...

I know that this will probably be a stupid question, but I live in Texas and always have, so have little to no knowledge about real estate in New York. Is the entire brownstone yours or are there other renters there as well? If the whole place is yours, then it looks HUGE!

Brittany said...

So excited for you and your family!! and I can't believe it's been well over 2 years now that I started following your blog everyday. It doesn't seem that long ago you moved into your current home. Can't wait to see what you do with a brownstone!!

Ashley said...

Oh, wow, a whole brownstone will get the 'Jenny treatment'? Can't wait to see your projects! What wonderful news and I hope your family enjoys the new digs!

lizziefitz said...

Oh, I am so thrilled for your big win! You and your family deserve it. I hope that y'all will be super happy in your new home:)

Bailey@peppermintbliss said...

Congrats Jenny! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Bethany @ Powell Brower Home said...

awwwww congrats Jenny and Family!!! This is so Miranda of you guys - - you deserve it and probably need it. Your own home with space!!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on the move - I moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights two years ago and was really nervous about leaving "the city". I absolutely love the Heights and would never leave. It's an amazing neighborhood for kids, too!

Albertina said...

wao!!!! this is so exciting!! congratulations!! I can't wait to see all your posts about the renovation....fantastic news!

JTay said...

Hooray! And how great is that short commute time!

JTay said...

Hooray! And how great is that short commute time!

Angeline said...

Congrats to you and your family!

Mel & Liza said...

Fantastic! I love the idea of outdoor play space!

Rachael Anne said...

I appreciate the MCA reference.

A brownstone sounds very exciting, though moving in the city sounds especially laborious. Good idea with the vacation.

Heidi said...

I can't wait to see what you do with the place! Congrats!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Congratulations! That just sounds like the most perfect opportunity! Sounds like someone is really looking out for you guys!! Sorry to hear you've had a hard year- I hope this new home is the perfect fresh start. I can't wait to watch the renoavtions!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

Congrats. Can't wait to see it brownstone. I love the layouts of brownstones and all the levels of home to decorate.

Jennifer said...

Awesome! Congratulations! I'm sure the girls will love it!

Liza said...

Congratulations, Jenny, on your exciting news! Your new house sounds like an amazing, fun challenge and a great place for all of you. Looking forward to seeing what wonderful things you do with it!

amber wallace said...

How exciting!!! I cannot wait to see all you do with it. I bet you cannot wait to have a backyard! I'm sorry it has been rough. Happy you get a win!! Congratulations!

Amelia said...

Congratulations and welcome to the neighborhood!! (you'll love it in the better borough) :)

Anonymous said...

I was thrilled to see this post. Congratulations to you and your family. It will be so exciting to watch you transform this beauty with your incredible talent.

Susannah said...

That's SO exciting! Beware this store:

http://www.hollerandsquall.com/

can get very, very dangerous.

Doris said...

Wow, that facade looks very nice. Congrats on your find!

Amy said...

I was going to ask the same thing as G- is that whole place yours? (I don't know how New York works, ha). In any case, it is completely adorable and sounds perfect for you guys- pretty dreamy for NYC, I'd imagine! :)

Bromeliad said...

Welcome to the neighborhood.

Lisa said...

Congratulations! How exciting! I can't wait to see what you will do with the space! :)

Jenny at LGN said...

You guys are the BEST! We couldn't be more excited about this move. The loft situation would have been perfect for us if I had another job, but the lighting in the space was HORRIBLE, which made it impossible to take decent pictures. And there was no space to do projects, so they just didn't happen that often. I love blogging about decorating my own home, and it's been so tricky to make that happen the last two years. I feel like I'm getting back into my wheelhouse. Jenny's got her groove back, ladies!

The goal is to blog mostly about the house and the projects there. I'll still be doing client work, but more select projects, so I can focus on the brownstone.

The house is pretty big (the listing says almost 3,000 sq feet!) though I don't know if that is true. We've asked for floor plans though and I'll be popping in next month to take all the measurements.

To answer the questions about whether we have the whole house - we have the bottom four of the six floors and the backyard is just ours. I'll probably show some of the photos from our walk through last week so you can get a better sense of the lay out.

Thank you guys. Your support means so much to me.

xoxoxo

Sarah Bradley said...

Such exciting news! I can't wait to watch the process!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

How exciting. You will work wonders on the place, the owners are VERY lucky to have you! Secretly I am jealous too, I rent a suburban home in the suburbs of Vancouver BC, and it is so blah compared to renting a brownstone in Brooklyn Heights!

Glad things are working out for you. Now if only the stars could be aligned for our family....

Meaghan [for a song] said...

Whoa congratulations!! How exciting for you. I have a dear friend living in Brooklyn and she couldn't love it more. Can't wait to see what amazing things you do with all that space!!

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

CANNOT WAIT, CANNOT WAIT! So excited for you! I feel like I'm going to have to create a whole new Pinterest decor board solely devoted to your new brownstone...:)

Dara {Habersham Haven} said...

How exciting and it looks adorable (from the outside)! I can't wait to see how you transform the place!

Sandra said...

I'm excited to see what you do with the place!

Marisa said...

Hey Jenny! I am a new reader who lives in nearby Dumbo, Brooklyn and I have to say you are going to LOVE BK Heights! Amazing subway access, lovely design, vintage and a couple thift shops in the hood. Then, you have the Brooklyn Flea as well as all the major design stores in Dumbo! BK Heights is so beautiful and romantic, get ready to never want to leave!!

Emily said...

Congrats!!!! How exciting!! Can't wait to see the changes you'll make and that you'll have more space, a backyard, and a super short commute!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Meant to be!

I'm also excited that I'm not the only person that says I'm 'jazzed' about something! :)

Jerith@BaileyFoxInteriors said...

Congratulations Jenny! I've just moved myself from a downtown Chicago condo to a bungalow in a quiet city neighborhood. The change has been amazing -- just having a back yard has allowed me to relax more. Hope you love your brownstone!

Anne W said...

Really happy for you guys! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the new place!!

Amy said...

Congrats! You'll love it in Brooklyn Heights, and I can't wait to see what you'll do with a whole brownstone! And yeah, it seems that real estate transactions here are either super-fast or super-slow. We're in the process of buying a co-op in Prospect Heights (moving there from Park Slope), and have been under contract for three months already, and the closing date still isn't finalized. Ugh.

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Congratulations Jenny! It sounds like a great fit for your family!

Crystal said...

I look forward to your final wrap-up projects in the loft, and am excited about what you will do with your new place.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Congrats!

Barbie said...

Ah! How exciting! Even though I don't know you, I am finding I read your blog like you're my good friend. After seeing your video w/Brooke White, I wish you were. :) You are adorable and amazing. I am so happy for you and your family! I'll be following your reno and such every step of the way, as my family plans on moving in the next 2-4 years as well. All your projects and finds will come in especially handy. Sorry to hear it's been a hard year! congrats on the big win!

Katie Truelove said...

My husband and I just moved to Brooklyn Heights (from downtown Manhattan) and are loving the neighborhood! Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful and fun projects you undertake in the new home:)

Emma I Six Flights Up said...

Congratulations! Finding a suitable home is arguably the hardest part about living in the city. I live in the WV, but go to BK Heights 4-5x/week to play squash, it seems like a great nabe for kids, they're everywhere. The pace is a more relaxed and things are peaceful and quiet at night.

As a fellow renter, I'm excited to see your upcoming projects.

Anonymous said...

WOW - this is truly unheard of in NYC. Congratulations on the great find and looking forward to seeing the updates!

Annie @ House on Rene said...

Whoo hoo! Can't wait to see how you put your touch on a Brownstone! Lucky girl!

Chrystal said...

Congrats! Brooklyn is amazing.

Pat's Addition said...

Can't wait to see what you do! Very exciting news.

kristin said...

Jenny,

Congrats! I am so happy for you and your family. It's wonderful when things work out perfectly.
I'm looking forward to reading about you decorating your soon to be brownstone! :)

Quatorze said...

Brooklyn Heights is the perfect city neighborhood for children - a backwater with a slower pace, steps from the hub bub of Manhattan and the Brooklyn hipster areas. If you make plans to restore the lost cornice to the roof line of your brownstone (generic term, since it is a brick townhouse) the neighbors will be thrilled and it may even help the facade structurally. The Historical Society and the Landmarks Commission should have resources and recommended contractors.

Amber said...

So excited for you and your family! And I will be looking forward to your posts! :)

laura parke said...

congrats!!! i can't wait to follow along and see what you do to the place. so happy for you and your family!

Fran said...

Jenny, so excited for you and your family!! What an opportunity to live in a brownstone in one of the greatest cities!! And, to have outdoor space on top of it is a mom's dream come true!

Malissia said...

That is super awesome, Jenny!

JWK said...

Congrats on your new place! I can't wait to see the progress!!

shawna said...

Glad you got a yard! the kiddos will love it. A little green goes a long way...plus it will be another fun space to create!

Anne said...

Congratulations! I love your blog and used it as reference a ton when renovating our apartment in Brooklyn Heights! I love it there- if you need any tips about the neighborhood let me know. It really is a great place to have a family- and that town house looks like an awesome find.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness the Park Slope Ward will be so happy to have a "permanent" family! :D

Muhammad Atif said...

First I congratulate you for new place, this is like paradise on earth.

Freshwater Pearls

Luna said...

I for one can't wait to see your 'new home' renovations, DIY, inspirations. Goodluck with the move.

dervla @ The Curator said...

congrats Jenny, can't wait to see how you do up the place!

Melissa said...

So exciting! You're going to love Brooklyn Heights.

eklatt said...

Congrats on the new place! So eciting for you!!!!

xoxo
peacelovedecor.com

Melkorka said...

So excited for you - but sad you are leaving Chelsea! (only because I am a fellow resident) - sounds like a dream situation - can't wait to see what you do with it inside (and out).

Jessica Davis said...

Congrats jenny. We used to live in Prospect Heights and just LOVE brooklyn. Although I have to admit I'm a little jealous as we are moving back out east to NJ and I was hoping you'd be my neighbor :)

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