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Welcome, Michelle Williams! Actress Buys Home On Albemarle Road

Michelle Williams at the Hollywood premiere of "Oz The Great And Powerful," which she worked on with neighbor David Lindsay-Abaire. Photo via Oz The Great And Powerful
Michelle Williams at the Hollywood premiere of “Oz The Great And Powerful,” which she worked on with neighbor David Lindsay-Abaire. Photo via Oz The Great And Powerful

We have exciting news: actress Michelle Williams and her daughter, Matilda, will soon be our neighbors!

We’ve confirmed that Michelle is buying the house at 1440 Albemarle Road, by Marlborough Road, and will soon be moving in there with 9-year-old Matilda.

Michelle, who has starred in such films as “Oz The Great And Powerful,” which she worked on with neighbor David Lindsay Abaire, “Suite Française,” “My Week With Marilyn,” and many more, has been looking for a home in the neighborhood for years before being won over by that crumbling beauty of a house on Albemarle.

The house at 1440 Albemarle Road was built at the turn of the 20th century for
The house at 1440 Albemarle Road was built at the turn of the 20th century for a prominent Brooklyn lumber dealer.

The gorgeous landmarked Colonial Revival, which Mary Kay Gallagher listed for $2.45 million last year, needs a lot of love and care, which we’re sure Michelle and her daughter will give the home that was built at the turn of the 20th century for J.C. Woodhull, a prominent Brooklyn lumber dealer.

Once she moves in, Michelle will be in a community with many wonderful neighbors, including her friend David Lindsay Abaire, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who lives with his family in another one of our favorite homes in the area — and who was the first to tell Michelle about Ditmas Park. Previously, Michelle and David were neighbors in Boerum Hill, the last spot where she lived in our borough.

We’ve heard that Michelle is super pumped to be moving to our area, and she told a mutual friend of ours that, “I love living somewhere that feels like the suburbs but is next to an express train.”

1440 Albemarle Road side

Designed by architects Robert Bryson and Carroll Pratt, both of whom designed numerous homes in Prospect Park South, Michelle’s new home has a two-story front porch with fluted Ionic columns — which is why many neighbors describe it as the “Gone With The Wind” house — or the “Tara of Prospect Park South,” as Mary Kay Gallagher put it.

The inside of 1440 Albemarle Road, before it was sold. Photo via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
The inside of 1440 Albemarle Road, before it was sold. Photo via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
The inside of the home before it was sold, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
The inside of the home before it was sold, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
The dining room prior to the sale, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
The dining room prior to the sale, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.

It’s a stunner of a home that includes everything from wood-burning fireplaces with original mantels, stained glass windows, an awesome claw-foot tub, indoor and outdoor porches, a rooftop deck and lots more.

The inside of the Colonial Revival home, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
The inside of the Colonial Revival home, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
There are stained glass windows throughout the home.
There are stained glass windows throughout the home, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
The house includes fireplaces with their original ornate mantels, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
The house includes fireplaces with their original ornate mantels, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.

Plus, the spacious home gives plenty of space for Michelle’s friends — the actress loves communal living, and, at one point, she had up to 10 people living under her roof in Boerum Hill.

One of the home's bedrooms, prior to the sale, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
One of the home’s bedrooms, prior to the sale, via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate.
We are loving the home's fireplaces! Via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate
We are loving the home’s fireplaces! Photo via Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate

A big welcome to the neighborhood, Michelle and Matilda — we hope you love living here as much as we do!

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  1. Should you guys really be posting her exact address? Neighborhood people would recognize the house based on the pics. Seems wrong to put it out there for the crazies. She’s a mom with a young kid.

  2. This is awesome! We need more high profile people moving in from other parts of brooklyn. Norah Jones would be great. Martin Amis, too. A few Nets players would be a great addition! Our hood is still not appreciated enough.

  3. The only people who need to appreciate it are the ones who live here. We don’t “need” celebrities.

  4. Our neighborhood has always had its share of celebrities, including Mary Pickford.

    (“Who’s Mary Pickford?” murmurs at least one reader.)

  5. You gave away the home of a really famous person who has a little girl?? Are you MENTAL? You just showed every nutter and stalker right where she lives you idiot.

  6. Why don’t you all chill and take a deep breath. Nutters and stalkers could find celebrities’ exact addresses long before the internet existed. They don’t need to check ditmasparkcorner. Besides, plenty of celebrities’ manhattan addresses are well known and liberally reported on all sorts of media. So this post really makes zero difference and puts exactly nobody in the way of harm.

  7. I happened to think this is fantastic and am all for her moving in and prior to this comment up-voted and while heatedly agree with your prior one which included ‘Our hood is still not appreciated enough.’.

    I still disagree though that her address should be published and I hope the information was ‘confirmed’ with perhaps the seller and not the Realtor whom I would assume has confidentiality requirements.

    The fact that her address is publicly displayed for psychopaths or stalkers is just frivolous. When you mention nutters finding addresses before the internet, they had to put effort to follow their celebs, stalk, pay someone for info, etc to find this information and many of which were illegal to begin with. Celebs with Manhattan addresses are often protected by doormen or similar making it a lot more challenging for nutters to get to them. I would imagine she’d be really disappointing knowing her info was published and hopefully won’t require her to get round the clock security living in the burbs of Brooklyn where the streets are open for all.

    Especially with the recent increase of crimes and a couple of home invasions, this sucks for her…. Wish them luck and welcome to the neighborhood!

  8. I agree that her address should not have been given out. She has a right to privacy. Even if someone could find her address on the internet, we shouldn’t make it easy for someone to know her address. We have enough problems with crime without attracting stalkers or nuts to our neighborhood. For those that don’t know, Mary Pickford was an early film actress. She co-founded United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, and was one of 36 people who founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At one point she lived in Ditmas Park.

  9. I was murmuring “who’s Michelle Williams?” I suppose I could click on those links and maybe find out.

  10. Hi all, I know there have been concerns about us publishing Michelle Williams’ address, which I completely understand. However, we have been in direct contact with Michelle Williams’ team, and they are the ones who provided us with the address. We’re excited to have another talented neighbor join a community of incredible people, and it sounds like she is looking forward to it as well!

  11. I knew you would do this responsibly. I think it’s great she is moving into the neighborhood

  12. I can only assume you’re planning to sell up in the future and appreciate the skyrocketing real estate prices that come with celebrity endorsements.

  13. This is the most stupid act of journalism.. Giving the exact address and pictures of a famous actress who is a single mom with a little kid. It’s reckless and irresponsible. You should have just said welcome to the neighborhood and that’s it. You should take it down.

  14. No. Williams gave them the info and permission to publish the info. The house is STILL vacant. She’s just another shameless investor leaving property vacant all over the city.

  15. Property is STILL vacant. You should be doing a follow up article on how Michelle Williams shamelessly helps to drive up Brooklyn property prices AND leaves it vacant.

  16. Vacant indeed, and accumulating garbage. A magnificent house, and it looks worse than it did six or so months ago when Ms. Williams purchased it. If her contractor is too busy to start renovations, then she should send someone along once a week with a black plastic bag to tidy the lawn and front porch.

  17. I’m gonna stick my neck out and predict that it will stay vacant until she sells it, hopefully to someone who will actually want to live in it.

  18. Well, if she wants to go around buying houses and not living in them, I just want to point out that my family and I would be happy to NOT buy the place and occupy it for her.

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