It’s become a little cliché to say that “the setting is also a character” to make yourself sound a lot more pretentious about The Wire or something, but these things only become cliché because they’re kind of true. In all the coverage of the Amy Chua-Jed Rubenfeld drama of the last several months, the oft overlooked character in it all is the Yale Law power couple’s home.
The allegations that got Chua in trouble back in April all revolve around her inviting students to parties at her house in violation of a 2019 agreement that she entered when Rubenfeld was suspended following a sexual harassment investigation. Then, as we noted in June, Chua’s defense revolved around inviting reporters to her house for interviews, unintentionally lending credence to the idea that she prefers to hold court at her home. Probably should have just met those reporters at Starbucks.
But there’s a new listing on the New Haven real estate market and it looks like the house may no longer have a role to play in Yale’s ongoing soap opera. And we’re pretty sure this is the same house because…
And where have I seen that before? Oh right!
The home is listed at $1.08 million. It’s a 5 bed, 5 bath, 6880 square foot 1930 Tudor revival seated on 1.1 acres. From the description:
The front entry Foyer w/limestone floors, beamed ceiling and circular staircase bring you back to the by-gone era of Hollywood. A pair of columns flanks the arched entry into the sunken Living Room w/beamed ceiling, gorgeous varied-with oak pegged floors, huge windows & stone Fireplace; French doors lead to the expansive terrace. A large Family Room has 2 walls of oversized arched leaded-glass windows, high ceiling and antique tile floor. At the other side of the entry Foyer is a Formal Dining Room w/ornamental English plaster ceiling & hardwood floors. The French doors in the Breakfast Room lead to the stone terrace overlooking private rolling lawns. Eat-in Kitchen has SS appliances, granite counters & walk-in pantry. At the top of the staircase generous landing leads to a large MBR w/private bath, Dressing Room & private terrace. There are 4 more bedrooms and 2 more baths on this level. The top floor has a Family Room w/Cathedral ceiling, incredible light & half bath. Lower level has a finished “Lounge” room with original wet bar.
There’s a full 3D tour of this place if you want to roleplay as a Yale 1L networking for a federal clerkship. There’s a magenta tiled bathroom that leaves some permanent eye scarring, but other than that the house is absolutely beautiful and you do understand why Chua would want to show it off, even if that wasn’t the best professional move at the time.
Here’s some shots and the floorplan:
Of course the question raised by this listing is, “where are they going?” Have they just decided to break from the house that’s been at the center of this unpleasant period and find somewhere new in town? Are they just downsizing as their kids move on to clerk for the Supreme Court? Will they be leaving New Haven entirely?
But this isn’t really their story right now. The character we’re concerned with for now is the setting, as the house prepares to embark on a new journey. Good luck house, you really were our favorite character in all this.
Joe Patrice is a senior editor at Above the Law and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer. Feel free to email any tips, questions, or comments. Follow him on Twitter if you’re interested in law, politics, and a healthy dose of college sports news. Joe also serves as a Managing Director at RPN Executive Search.