The Corcoran Group Australian writer and director Baz Luhrmann and his wife and creative partner Catherine Martin are listing their New York home, a 19th-century townhouse with a bold, colorful interior, for $19.995 million. The 28-foot-wide Gramercy area property dates to the 1850s and has views over Stuyvesant Square, one of the city’s oldest parks. Anglo-Italianate in style, the house has stately proportions, with four rows of round-arched windows, a paneled cornice and a patterned cast-iron balcony that runs the width of the house. Mr. Luhrmann, director of films including “The Great Gatsby”and “Moulin Rouge,”and Ms. Martin, a costume designer and his frequent collaborator, purchased the property for their family for $13.5 million in 2017 and completed a multiyear renovation project. New Yorkers for over a decade …
They had planned to live there full-time, but the pandemic threw a wrench in the works, keeping them on the Gold Coast of Australia, where they have been their two children have reached around college age and the couple is on the verge of becoming empty-nesters. “We just thought, ‘This is ridiculous.’”Ms. Martin said of their decision to list the home. “The house has been empty for nearly three years. And somebody should be enjoying it. But it’s breaking our hearts.”It isn’t the first time the couple, who have a passion for historic homes, have been reluctant to sell a piece of real estate even long after it was practical.
Excerpted from: The Wall Street Journal
- March 4, 2022
Article: “Baz Luhrmann to List Manhattan Townhouse for $19.995 Million” by Katherine Clarke