When New Yorkers watch movies about New York, we invariably focus on one thing and one thing only: the real estate. Like lookie-loos wandering through a lazy Sunday of open houses, we take note of square footage, ceiling heights, moldings, lobby décor, and kitchen storage space. Emerging from the theater, we blink our eyes, turn to each other, and typically comment, ‘There’s no way a guy like him could afford an apartment like that!’ But a few actually can. And so as the annual Wall Street bonuses roll in and ads for the latest multimillion-dollar condo developments fill the local papers, it’s a good time to highlight some of cinema history’s sweetest New York domiciles (along with our estimate of their current asking price).
10. John’s Bachelor Pad (9 1/2 Weeks) Hudson River views are a highlight of this West Soho home, located in a neighborhood that has improved greatly in the 20 years since John moved in. Who can forget his nicely appointed closet full of identical suits? Gotta love that storage space, and never mind the mess in the kitchen. Current value: $2.5 million.
9. Patrick Bateman’s All-White Wonder (American Psycho) If serial killing is your thing, may we suggest you decorate in shades of cranberry and burgundy as opposed to white? Blood is a bitch to clean up, as Patrick finds out again and again. He’ll need to get his hardwood floors sanded before he sells. Current value: $3 million.
8. Nick and Nora Charles’s Party Palace (The Thin Man) Art Deco appointments never looked better than they did over at the Charleses. The apartment isn’t huge, but it has a nice terrace, and we know the building is dog-friendly, which is a plus. Current value: $2 million.
7. Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse’s Old-World Charmer (Rosemary’s Baby) The Dakota is the most famous apartment building in New York. It’s the place where John Lennon was killed and where Yoko Ono still lives alongside her neighbors Maury Povich, Connie Chung, and… Satan. But who cares if you have to fornicate with the Devil to score a unit in this palace? It’s a small price to pay. Look at the ceiling heights! Look at the moldings! Look at the eat-in kitchen! Current value: $6 million.
6. Ally and Heddy’s Upper West Side Rambler (Single White Female) A few blocks from the Dakota is the spooky old Ansonia, a Beaux-Arts pile famous for its ginormous apartments and wide hallways. There’s no way on Earth that two 20-something roommates could afford their endless apartment there. (I mean, if you need to take out a personal ad for a roomie, you ain’t living here.) Upon seeing this movie, every New Yorker says the same exact thing: ‘Their bathroom is bigger than my whole apartment!’ Current value: $4 million.
5. Amanda and Adam Bonner’s Turtle Bay Duplex (Adam’s Rib) An elegant foyer with curving staircase leads to a formal drawing room with room for a grand piano, a dining room, a library, and a huge kitchen with professional stove. Upstairs, we find a stunning master suite (with his and hers bathrooms) that’s big enough for a massage table. Yes, indeed, it would take two high-powered New York attorneys to afford this stunner and the live-in maid it takes to keep it clean. Current value: $8 million.
4. Catcher Block’s Den of Sin (Down With Love) The set designers had a field day with this one, recalling the best of all those Doris Day/Rock Hudson/Tony Randall comedies of the late ’50s and early ’60s to create an automated bachelor dream pad with a pop-out turntable, a sunken conversation pit that converts into a bed, a rotating bar, and remote-control buttons everywhere. Snazzy. Jazzy. Hep. And huge. Current value: $5.5 million.
3. Hannah and Elliot’s Classic Eight (Hannah and Her Sisters) Hey, Mia Farrow pops up again in yet another Upper West Side dazzler, and this one is her real-life apartment! Way to save money, Woody! The kind of place handed down through the generations, it has lovely dark-wood paneling and lots of character. In a film full of gorgeous apartments (Barbara Hershey’s Soho artist’s loft is to die for), this one stands out. Current value: $4.5 million.
2. Alex Forrest’s Meatpacking Loft (Fatal Attraction) Alex was a full 15 years ahead of the real estate crowd in colonizing the Meatpacking District. Definitely the best investment in Gotham cinematic real estate history (my guess is it’s appreciated 20-fold), her loft is rough around the edges but features a really cool industrial elevator and a kitchen sink that’s the perfect size for energetic lovemaking. It’s no surprise she likes knives. Butchery is the business of her neighborhood. Current value: $3 million.
1. Emily and Steven Taylor’s 5th Avenue Mansionette (A Perfect Murder) Ladies, a word of advice from someone who lives in a tight 700 square feet. If you marry a guy rich enough to give you a home like this, don’t cheat on him. Why would you risk getting tossed out of this lavishly appointed palace, an apartment so big it would take a sequel to see it all? Look at the marble, the Aubusson carpets, the oversized furniture, the sweeping stairs, the service entrance. Sigh. Most New Yorkers will never ever ever set foot in a home this gorgeous. Current value: $18 million.Read More