Posted on October 29, 2014

Real Estate: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Townhouse For Sale

Design & Décor

As the iconic 1961 Audrey Hepburn film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, celebrates it’s 50th anniversary and only two years after the townhouse where Holly lived sold for $5.97 million, it is back on the market for almost double the price.  If I had an extra $10 million, this place would be mine.  The first thing I would do is rearrange the furniture in the living room below, it’s driving me nuts.

The town house featured in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

This room needs some work too, but that’s not the point.  The problem with being a designer is that bad design literally drives me insane.  Insane.

I would trade the windows below for Parisian casement windows.. and how perfect is that fireplace?  I would place my desk where the one in the photo is and light a fire, sip cocoa, champagne, wine.. and work for hours.  Who can see that TV down there?  Moving on…

The 3,800-square-foot, four story Manhattan brownstone located at 169 East 71st S is currently divided into two duplexes but can be converted into a four-bedroom, five-bathroom single family home.  The 15-foot-wide Upper East Side townhouse, only served as the backdrop for the exterior shots, while most of the interior shots of Miss Golightly’s soirées while living next to the handsome and aspiring writer, Paul Varjak, played by George Peppard, were filmed in a Hollywood studio.  Although, it is said that the party scene where Audrey is wearing a dress fashioned from a bed sheet to her cocktail party were filmed inside the living room of the townhouse. 

The home no longer features the green and white striped window awnings that are spotted in the movie, however, many of the other landmarks remain in place.  I would definitely replace the awnings {barely seen below}.

Audrey Hepburn's style in Breakfast at Tiffany's 6
The upper duplex features two bedrooms with en-suite baths and three fireplaces, while the lower duplex features two bedrooms, two fireplaces, a solarium, and an abundant backyard. I would make these into office space for lease, they would surely sell.
Wouldn’t you love this solarium?  I have so many ideas of the ways I would design it, inside and the courtyard…

I will sleep tonight dreaming of this townhouse and purchase lottery tickets first thing in the morning.  If I win and buy this townhouse, I will throw a soirée that would make Holly Golightly proud and you’re all invited.



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