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‘Elvis’ director Baz Luhrmann lists eccentric NYC townhouse for $20M

Baz Luhrmann’s New York City townhouse is exactly what you would think an eccentric-style award-winning director’s home would look like. 

The mastermind behind the film’s “The Great Gatsby,” “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!,” as well as his upcoming biopic “Elvis,” is selling his Gramercy Park townhouse for whopping $20 million.

The Australian-born filmmaker initially purchased the five-story townhouse for $13.5 million in 2017.

Made up of six bedrooms and five baths, the renovated home was initially built shortly after the Gilded Age period in 1925 and boasts 8,500 square feet of living space.

The 28-foot-wide home includes an elevator that boasts a centerline view over Stuyvesant Square Park, the listing notes. It was last renovated in 2019 under Luhrmann’s guidance.

Features include a three-bay facade, round-arched doors and windows, a cast-iron balcony and a paneled cornice.

The home is located at 243 E 17th Street.
The home is located at 243 East 17th Street.
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The foyer/entrance.
The foyer/entrance.
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The main floor living space.
The first level.
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A dining area.
A dining area.
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The screening room.
The screening room.
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“It is the only Anglo-Italianate house in the district that was not originally part of a row of narrow, uniform houses,” the listing states.

Other specific features throughout the house include extremely high ceilings throughout, hardwood floors, a grand winding staircase, five fireplaces (one wood-burning), arched doorways, skylights, and original moldings.  

The eat-in kitchen boasts a butler pantry, marble countertops, painted pine cabinetry. From the kitchen you can access the private backyard.

The formal dining room features a wood-burning fireplace.

The elevator.
The elevator.
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The home boasts 8,500 square-feet of living space.
The home boasts 8,500 square feet of living space.
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The kitchen.
The kitchen.
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The primary bedroom.
The primary bedroom.
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The property was built in 1925.
The primary bedroom holds a private study.
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One of seven bathrooms.
The primary bathroom.
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Another bathroom.
A powder room.
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Moving to the parlor, the ceilings are 16 feet high with a floating staircase, the listing states. The rear parlor level is currently dedicated to the primary suite, which boasts an ensuite bathroom, walk-in closet and private terrace.

Three of the bedrooms and two bathrooms are featured on the third floor as will as the laundry room and a separate sitting room.

On the fourth floor is a standalone suite with a living room, bar, gym, a bedroom and a bathroom.

Before Luhrmann moved in with his family, renowned jazz tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, along with his wife Sandy Jordan, lived on the fourth-floor studio for decades prior.

A den.
A den.
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A catering room.
An entertainment room.
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The formal living area leads into the music room.
The formal living area leads into the music room.
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Another bedroom.
Another bedroom.
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A children's room.
A children’s room.
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The home spans four floors.
The top-floor bedroom.
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Lastly is the basement, which can be accessed by the elevator, internal stairs or a private entrance under the stoop. Features of the basement include a screening room, access to the garden, additional laundry and an additional bedroom with a separate entrance.

Steve Gold of the Corcoran Group holds the listing.

Luhrmann has been married to production designer Catherine Martin since 1997. They share two children.

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