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Finally, after a seemingly endless spat of noncommittal and emotionally unsatisfying renting, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams have decided to buy in Boerum Hill. The two shelled out $3.5 million for a four-story corner spread two blocks "south of Smith Street" (or says the Australian paper). The price makes the 'hood almost the new Park Slope, but the nearby housing projects help to maintain just enough grit for Heath Ledger to grouchily ride his skateboard without worry.

For locals resisting the incoming indie glitz factor, there's an upside: Ledger and Williams' neighbor received tickets to the premiere of Brokeback Mountain. Doesn't every New Yorker dream of seeing their new neighbor stem the rose?

Heath's Home Is Away [Daily Telegraph via Brownstoner]