Back in January, bespectacled food expert Ted Allen, the onetime Chicago Magazine senior editor who became nationally known as one of the five cast members of Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," sold his five-room, 2,258-square-foot condo loft in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood for $2.75 million and told the New York Observer that he'd planned to renovate a brownstone in Brooklyn, N.Y.


However, at the time, details were short. No information was available on where exactly in Brooklyn Allen had purchased, nor for how much.


Now, in a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can reveal that Allen and his partner, interior designer Barry Rice, have paid $1.7 million for a brownstone in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, according to public records.

Allen and Rice closed in late February on the five-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot brownstone, which was built in 1905, according to public records. Features in the brownstone, which had been listed last summer for $1,995,000 and later was reduced to $1,789,000, include original detail in the triple parlors, including plaster, mantels, and gilt mirrors, according to listing information. Other features include an elegant formal dining room, a country eat-in kitchen, and rear gardens, according to listing information.

The fine Brownstoner blog actually featured Allen and Rice's new house last September 12 as its home of the day --long before the duo had purchased it.

Check out a cached version of the listing sheet for Allen's new house, complete with photos, here.

In January, Allen and Rice sold their three-bedroom condo at 245 7th Street in the predominantly gay Chelsea area to a couple from Lincoln, Mass., according to public records. We wrote about that sale here.