Director Baz Luhrmann lists bustling Gramercy townhouse for $20 million

All photos courtesy of Nina Poon/MW Studio for Corcoran Group

Writer and director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin, are selling their Gramercy Park townhouse for $19,995,000, as the the wall street journal reported for the first time. Located at 243 East 17th Street, the 28-foot-wide six-bedroom Anglo-Italian-style home sits on Stuyvesant Square Park in the area’s historic district. Inside, the Aussie couple put their own creative spin on the 19th-century home, with dramatic patterned wallpaper, bold colors and carefully selected furnishings.

Built in the 1850s, the property is the only Anglo-Italian house in the neighborhood that was not originally part of a row of Uniform houses, according to the Landmark Preservation Commission. designation report for historic Stuyvesant Square. Architectural details of note include the three-bay facade, the arched windows with original mullions, and the foliage-patterned cast-iron balcony that spans the full width of the house at the parlor level.

6 Square Feet last wrote about the historic home in 2014, when actress Noelle Beck and husband Eric Petterson listed it for sale for $17 million, after buying it in 1997 for just $1. $6 million.

According to city records, Martin and Luhrmann, known for their work on movies like “Romeo + Juliet” and “The Great Gatsby,” bought the property in 2017 to $13.5 million. The couple are selling the townhouse as they were unable to live there due to the pandemic stranding them in Australia, according to the WSJ.

“We just thought, ‘This is ridiculous,'” Martin told the newspaper. “The house has been empty for almost three years. And someone should take advantage of it. But it breaks our hearts.

The six-bedroom home underwent a major renovation in 2019, which included the addition of a new Clive Christian-designed kitchen that features dark pine cabinetry complemented by marble countertops. Located on the first floor, the kitchen is equipped with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances and gives access to a dream garden.

The expansive formal dining room, made even cozier with a wood-burning fireplace, faces the park and sunlight streams through its arched windows. This level also includes a pantry and a powder room.

Described in the listing as suitable “even for the great Jay Gatsby,” the living room level has an elegant floating curved staircase and 16ft ceilings. There is a small room off the main living area which could be ideal for an office (or for displaying multiple Oscars). Its mostly white and beige aesthetic stands out from the rest of the colorful bedrooms.

To the rear of this floor is the master suite, which includes a walk-in closet and a corner terrace. Three additional bedrooms, two bathrooms, a flexible living room and laundry room are all on the third floor.

The top floor, which served as Luhrmann’s space to be creative (and where he wrote part of this year’s “Elvis” movie), according to the WSJ, was home to jazz saxophonist Clifford Jordan and his wife Sandy for 50 years. It contains a lounge, a bar, a gym, a bedroom and a bathroom.

The English basement, accessible by lift, stairs or private entrance under the stoop, has a media room, an additional bedroom and access to the backyard.

Items from their movies, including a Hawaiian shirt worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in “Romeo + Juliet” and a hat worn by Nicole Kidman in “Moulin Rouge,” likely aren’t included in the sale.

[Via WSJ]

[Listing details: 243 East 17th Street at CityRealty]

[At The Corcoran Group by Steve Gold]

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All photos courtesy of Nina Poon/MW Studio for Corcoran Group

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