Celebrity Homes

Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin slash $3 million off price of their New York townhouse

Australian film director Baz Luhrmann and his Oscar-winning wife Catherine Martin are selling their historic New York townhouse for $28 million, a reduction from last year’s $31 million asking price.

The 1852-built property, previously featured in various home publications like Elle Decor, offers a generous 790 sq m of living space.

It includes six bedrooms, five bathrooms, two powder rooms, and five fireplaces, according to news.com.au.

Unique to its neighbourhood, the house is not part of a row of similar narrow properties, according to listing broker Steve Gold of Corcoran.

The couple purchased the home for $13.5 million in 2017 from former owners Noelle Beck Taslitz and Eric Petterson, renovating it extensively in 2019.

The decision to sell comes as Luhrmann and Martin plan to spend more time in Australia, especially since their daughter will be studying here.

The residence features an array of luxurious amenities, starting with a gated entrance that opens into a front garden and entry hall.

The ground floor houses a large eat-in chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and a formal dining room with a wood-burning fireplace.

A back garden offers space for al-fresco dining.

Inside, the parlour floor stands out with its 4.9m-high ceilings and a floating curved staircase.

It also includes a main bedroom suite with an ensuite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, and a private terrace.

More bedrooms are found on the third floor, alongside a laundry room and an additional sitting room. Luhrmann’s writing sanctuary occupies the fourth floor, which also includes a living room, gym, bar, and an additional bedroom.

Attention to design detail is evident throughout the home, with features like a foliate-patterned Juliet balcony, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and original mouldings.

The finished basement serves as a flexible space that can be turned into a home office, media room, or extra bedroom.

Additionally, the future owner has the option to expand the house by another 208sq m, potentially adding more levels or roof terraces.

Luhrmann states that the home has been a place of many memorable events and hopes it will continue to be a space of celebration for its next owners.

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