The New York Post visited The National’s Aaron Dessner at his home in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. He lives in a 2,800-square-foot, three-story, two-family Victorian, which he bought for $700,000 in 2003. He rents the top two floors to his bandmate, Matt Berninger. They turned the garage into the studio where they recorded High Violet. Dessner did almost all the renovations himself, including tearing apart the carpet and tile until he found the original parquet floors, removing the cement that covered the backyard, and uncovering the ceiling until it was back to its original height. The work was so extensive that one of Dessner’s lungs collapsed from all the dust, dirt, and chemicals. You can see the results above. The Post also notes that the house is worth twice what he paid. As a bonus, he also gets to be his bandmate’s landlord.
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