‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ screenwriter lists Chelsea townhouse with a private yoga studio for $7.1M

Posted On Fri, January 20, 2017 By

Posted On Fri, January 20, 2017 By In Chelsea, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Built in the 1830s when this quiet, tree-lined residential block was home to well-to-do families, the four-story, 3,600 square-foot Greek Revival townhouse at 240 West 21st Street has seen a lot of change through the years. From its beginnings as an impressive residence for a successful engraver (h/t Daytonian), the home has been a boarding house, apartments and, in more recent years, the well-designed and thoroughly updated home of screenwriter/directors Leora Barish and Henry Bean (Barish wrote the screenplay for the cult favorite Madonna film “Desperately Seeking Susan” and the more recent “Basic Instinct 2;” Bean wrote and directed the award-winning film “The Believer”). The Chelsea townhouse, on the market for $7.1 million, is once again a comfortable single-family home boasting several terraces and a big, bright garden-facing yoga studio.

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The home was on the rental market last summer for $15,000/month; we can imagine what a great place it would be to spend a summer. Exposed brick walls lend an un-fussy loft-like vibe, and 11-foot ceilings convey boundless breathing room. You have five bedrooms at your disposal along with three-and-a-half baths. On the home’s parlor level, a casual open chef’s kitchen looks efficient but unobtrusive, and a dining area off to the side is ready for entertaining.

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240 west 21st street, chelsea, cool listings, townhouses,

There’s a reading library toward the front of the house just off the foyer; walk outside from the skylit living room and head down the stairs to a landscaped, sun-dappled, 912-square-foot garden with water and electricity.

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The bigger-than-most-apartments garden level has the very cool bonus of a yoga/dance/play studio. Also down here is an open family room area and a laundry room.

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240 west 21st street, chelsea, cool listings, townhouses,

240 west 21st street, chelsea, cool listings, townhouses,

You’ll find the home’s bedrooms on the top two floors, along with bathrooms and big walk-in closets–there’s not a tiny bedroom among them. The current owners purchased the home in 2003 for $2.6 million, and they’ve clearly made it their home rather than an investment property or fix-and-flip opportunity.

[Listing: 240 West 21st Street by Christopher James for Citi Habitats]

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