Vanity Fair EIC Radhika Jones scoops up $6.25M Brooklyn home

It’s a picture-perfect home that’s fit for the big-name editor of a glossy magazine.

Radhika Jones, the 2017-appointed editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, has quietly purchased a renovated four-story townhouse in Brooklyn, according to city Department of Finance records.

Jones and her husband, Max Petersen, spent $6.25 million for the spread in Cobble Hill, which comes with five bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms.

The purchase closed on Nov. 30, the records additionally show.

The townhouse hit the market in July for $6.25 million, according to StreetEasy. Three months later, the couple put it into contract.

Jones previously held senior roles at the New York Times, the Paris Review and Time.

The home's parlor level has a chic living area with a woodburning fireplace, whose marble mantel is original.
The home’s parlor level has a chic living area with a woodburning fireplace, whose marble mantel is original.
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The main bedroom has beamed ceilings and a dressing room.
The main bedroom has beamed ceilings and a dressing room.
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A graduate of Harvard and Columbia universities, she made waves in 2018 when choosing her first cover for Vanity Fair — a then up-and-coming actor and writer Lena Waithe, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Vanity Fair had long given its covers to Hollywood’s biggest names — and in her first letter to her readers, Jones said there was, “a tremendous opportunity to draw attention to the people who are on the culture’s cutting edge: Whose talent and creative vision transform the ways we see the world and ourselves.”

Jones took the helm of Vanity Fair in 2017.
Jones took the helm of Vanity Fair in 2017.
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On the home front, the property has kept its 1854 brick façade, ironwork and cornice. Inside, 19th-century details include floral crown moldings and wide-plank flooring.

The kitchen opens to a dining area and, through glass doors, a deck for outdoor entertaining.
The kitchen opens to a dining area and, through glass doors, a deck for outdoor entertaining.
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As for today’s needs, the home additionally has central air, a kitchen with a bold marble island that opens to a dining area and, through glass doors, a deck and a south-facing garden.

A lower level of the townhouse has another kitchen.
A lower level of the townhouse has another kitchen.
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The new owners also have a parlor-level living room with a woodburning fireplace Its marble mantel another original fixture of the property — and 11-foot ceilings. The third floor houses two bedrooms and an open play/study space as well as a room that can be used as a third bedroom or a home office.

The primary suite has an ensuite bathroom with sweet features including a free-standing tub.
The primary suite has an ensuite bathroom with sweet features including a free-standing tub.
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The primary suite takes up the top floor, featuring beamed ceilings, a dressing room and a bathroom with a double vanity, a freestanding claw-foot tub and a shower near a skylight.

Outside, the home has a south-facing garden.
Outside, the home has a south-facing garden.
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Down below, the garden level, which can be separated into its own apartment, has a media room and its own kitchen. The cellar has extra space for storage.

Listing agents James Cornell and Leslie Marshall, declined to comment on the deal. Reps for Condé Nast, the home of Vanity Fair — as well as a rep for Vanity Fair itself — did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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