John Lennon and Yoko Ono never lived at this Tribeca townhouse—it’s well known they preferred the Upper West Side—but they certainly have a unique connection to it. Here’s the story, per the New York Times: in 1973, Lennon and Ono announced the birth of Nutopia, “a conceptual country” with no boundaries and “no laws other than cosmic.” Mr. Lennon, who was being threatened with deportation because of a 1968 marijuana conviction in England, was seeking diplomatic immunity and United Nations recognition as a Nutopian ambassador. The iconic couple gave 1 White Street as the embassy address.
For years, mail addressed to “John Lennon and Yoko Ono, c/o Nutopian Embassy” arrived to the townhouse, with condolences flooding in after Lennon’s death in 1980. That’s the same year the long-time owners of 1 White Street purchased this townhouse and renovated it into a single-family home. More recently, it was gutted and is now on the market listed for $19,500 a month.
The home hit the market back in 2010 for $3.25 million before it was snatched up and totally transformed in a white-box renovation. (The letters stopped coming to Lennon and Ono long ago.) The main floor boasts an entry closet, powder room and open kitchen with walnut cabinetry. The open living room–which is nearly 24 feet long– has a wood-burning fireplace framed by the building’s original brick.
There are 2,600 interior square feet over four floors. The second floor holds two bedrooms, while the floor above that is decided to the master suite, which has its own walk-in closet, alongside one more large bedroom.
Each floor boasts seven large windows.
Perhaps the nicest perk of the home is the 750-square-foot private roof terrace, which comes with beautiful views out over Tribeca. You have to hand it to them: Lennon and Ono picked a good location for their Nutopian embassy. The home is right in the heart of the neighborhood, within walking distance to Canal, Broadway and the Hudson River, and also surrounded by train lines.
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Neighborhoods : Tribeca