Once upon a time Stuart Leaf and his wife enjoyed living in an 11,000 square foot triplex. The Brooklyn Heights condo, made up of nine units overlooking the waterfront, felt neither too large nor too small-- like the Goldilocks of multi-million dollar real estate, it was just right. Its wine room, adjacent to the drawing room, held the couple's 3,500 bottles of vino with ease. Its rock-climbing wall-containing gym allowed the owners to scale new heights before breakfast. Its screening room hosted many a movie nights with friends. Its "fully irrigated plant boxes" on the 75 foot-long terrace meant never having to scream "Where the f*ck is the gardener?!" In short, it was home.
At some point though, things changed. The apartment started to feel cold. Distant. The Leafs didn't want to think it, let alone express the thought to each other, but they both started to get the sinking feeling that condo was, dare they say it, a tad too big? And then this happened:
A few months ago, Stuart Leaf was sitting in his Brooklyn Heights apartment when he got a call from his wife asking when he’d be home. It turned out “we’d both been home for three hours,” he said—their roughly 11,000-square-foot condo is so large that neither one realized the other was there.
The space that the Leafs had once loved had become a prison of their own making, albeit a prison that could house, conservatively, many hundreds if not thousand of inmates, depending on what kind of prison you're running. Once they were able to accept things as they were, and not as they wanted them to be, it was easier to let go. And that's where you come in:
After that, it was clear to the couple that it was time to sell, especially since they are about to become empty-nesters. The apartment is “just a little bit too spread out” for just for the two them, said Mr. Leaf, the 53-year-old founder of Cadogan Management, a fund of hedge funds that merged with Cantor Fitzgerald in 2011...Now listing for $32 million with Karen and Alan Heyman of Sotheby’s International Realty, the unit is the priciest condo ever to hit the market in Brooklyn, Ms. Heyman said.
As for where the couple will be going once someone puts them out of their misery, Mr. Leaf plans on giving himself and his wife a little taste of how the other half lives.
Mr. Leaf declined to say specifically where he plans to move, but said he will stay in Brooklyn Heights in a unit that’s between 5,000 and 6,500 square feet. “It’s not tiny, but it’s not quite what this is,” he said.