July 17, 2024

The West Village Townhouse That Appeared in Cult Classic Working Girl Was Just Sold for $15. 5 Million

A West Village townhouse with interiors and exteriors that have been featured on the big screen in films such as 1988’s iconic Working Girl recently sold for $15. 5 million, according to city records filed Tuesday.

The charming 5,834-square-foot home features five bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, with a spacious parlor floor boasting 12-foot-high ceilings; the top level has ceilings as high as 15 feet. Notable exterior features include polygonal bay windows and bowed facade.

Windows on three of the four sides of the building also let in plenty of natural light. Indoors, the home has nine fireplaces, three of which are housed in the triple parlor sitting room area (the parlor also contains original details such as sliding doors and mantels).

Fans of the 1988 film, which starred Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill, will remember the home as the fictional pad that Harrison Ford’s Jack Trainer drags her to after she’s passed out from a night on the town. It is also where the two eventual lovers eat breakfast together before Griffith’s character heads off to her first day of work at her dream job.

The exterior of the home has been featured in other films as well, most notably The Night We Never Met, starring Matthew Broderick, and Autumn in New York with Winona Ryder. Robert Redford’s Quiz Kid and even a Madonna music video have also been shot on the premises. The seller of the exquisite home also has a celebrity pedigree: Jewelry designer to the stars David Yurman purchased the home for $17 million in 2015 after an intense bidding war (a notable $3 million over its original asking price), and recently sold it at a substantial $1. 5 million loss.

The home was originally built in 1852 for trustees of Trinity Church, and prior to Yurman, belonged to Mary E. Kaplan, who bought the place in 1969 and was the one who frequently rented out the space to studios for movie shoots.

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