Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the iconic 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, follows Holly Golightly (Hepburn), a New York socialite who becomes interested in her new neighbor, Paul Varjak (Peppard). The film was adapted from a novel written by Truman Capote in 1958. The apartment scenes were filmed on a movie set; however, the outdoor scenes were of a real Manhattan brownstone.
Located at 169 East 71st St. New York City, this 3800 square foot, four-level home is a duplex split by upper and lower apartments but could easily be turned back into a single-family home. If left as a duplex, it could allow for extra income to offset any additional expenses that city life may bring. The townhouse has a total of four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
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The upper apartment has a sunny living room, staircase, powder room, dining room with a wood-burning fireplace, a recently renovated kitchen, laundry, and two bedrooms. When you first walk in, the living room invites you with its hardwood floors and large windows that allow the sun to shine right through. You can then use the sweeping staircase to enter the upstairs bedrooms for relaxation.
The lower apartment boasts a more romantic feel. It has an enclosed greenhouse extension, garden area, library with a fireplace plus powder room, and a rear bedroom with a fireplace and full bath. The greenhouse is full of some favorite plants, including palms, ferns, rhododendrons, and azaleas. The greenhouse or solarium opens into the garden, where you can enjoy the fresh air and curl up with a good book.
The greenhouse and garden area would also be perfect for hosting a party or gathering with friends and family. There’s no need for decorations, as it’s already filled with flora and fauna. All it needs is some twinkle lights to add ambiance for nighttime gatherings. The library could also be used as a bedroom, with built-in bookshelves and a desk that overlooks the street.
Each apartment in this duplex has two floors and hardwood floors throughout. Many of the rooms have fireplaces for those cold New York nights. The home was most recently renovated in the mid-80s and late 90s. Not only was the outside used for shots in the film, but it also has some pretty exciting owner history. Before being sold for $7.4 million in 2015, its previous owner went to jail for being a part of the Martha Stewart insider stock trading scandal.
He even shot himself in the foot. If that doesn’t make for an interesting cocktail story, I don’t know what will, besides the fact that its facade was used in a classic movie. The most iconic part of the home is the olive green door, as seen in the film, and is still the original. Like Holly Golightly, you too could be close to all the Upper East Side’s action as this townhouse is close to transportation, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.