How fitting, then, that the Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser is the proud new owner of the Brooklyn Heights mansion at 70 Willow Street where Truman Capote once laid his weary head after a long night of socializing with New York City's who's who. The house that once belonged to the author of the gritty true crime bestseller In Cold Blood sold for $12.5 million according to city records obtained by The New York Observer. It was also apparently the most expensive real estate purchase in Brooklyn history.
If there was any question that video games had surpassed films, music and books for cultural primacy, this should put it to an end. The New York Observer's Matt Chaban quips that in the age of video games, In Cold Blood has been replaced by Red Dead Redemption. I don’t know about that, but it’s a good line.
Nicholas Callaway, a publisher of oversized art books like Madonna’s Sex, and Georgia O’Keefe’s One Hundred Flowers, and the owner of the property, paid a little more than the $1.25 million for it in 1998. He began renting it out in 2007, for $40,000 a month. That's quite a profit by anyone's standards..
You can read more about the house and Mr. Houser's purchase in this New York Observer article. And no offense to Houser, but nothing can replace In Cold Blood or the legendary figure that once called the Brooklyn estate home.
Source: New York Observer