Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ethan Hawke Lists Multi-Colored Two-Family Manhattan Townhouse

SELLER: Ethan Hawke
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $6,250,000
SIZE: 3,500 square feet (approx.), 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms (total in two units)

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Listen chickens, Your Mama is in dental hell so we just have a few minutes today to drop a nice celebrity real estate morsel in the form of a two-family New York City townhouse recently pushed on the open market with an asking price of $6,250,000 and owned, according to property records, by scruffy-faced Oscar-nominated actor and writer Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Gattaca, Dead Poet's Society, New York, I Love You).

Texas-born and New Jersey-raised Mister Hawke is a scruffy-faced movie star more than anything else but he once said, according to the Internet Movie Data Base, that "most people are good at more things than the world gives them the opportunity to do" and he himself refuses to be hemmed in by his movie star status in good standing. Not only is one of his two Academy Award nominations for best adapted screenplay (Before Sunset) he's also written a couple of novels (The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday) and earned a Tony nomination for his spin across the boards in the star-studded Tom Stoppard-written play The Coast of Utopia.

Along the way he married, made two children with and divorced arty-farty Oscar-nominated actress Uma Thurman and subsequently made two more children with his current wife Ryan who, scandalously, once worked as a nanny for Mister Hawke and Miz Thurman.

Property records show that Mister Hawke acquired his fairly non-descript four-floor townhouse in the heart of Manhattan's art gallery filled Chelsea district in April 2005 for an even-steven $3,000,000. The 21-foot wide townhouse, located just around the corner from the perennially-popular Billy's Bakery on Ninth Avenue, contains two units with a total of six bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, according to listing information and the floor plan included with online marketing materials.

The well-organized ground floor apartment has a private entrance, a 14-foot(ish) square living room with wood burning fireplace surmounted by a large flat screen t.v., a compact but efficient U-shaped kitchen, two small bedrooms, one (windowless) bathroom and two surprisingly large walk-in closets. One of the bedrooms opens directly to a terrace and deep garden that—unfortunately—is in full view of a large apartment building to the north.

The triplex owners unit is entered on the parlor floor through a private entry and stair hall with a half bathroom that is both convenient and perfectly located for privacy. Double pocket doors connect through to the main living area that includes a south-facing living room with fireplace (that may or may not be in working order) and a built-in bookshelf lacquered a deep grass green and filled with actual books. The day-core is quite colorful, multi-patterned and suitably actor-bohemian with a funky patchwork rug on top of what looks to be original wood floors, an upright piano and a fairly spare collection of comfortably mis-matched upholstered pieces.

The well-worn but nicely preserved wood floors in the living room extend into the retro-modern kitchen that includes sunshine yellow cabinetry, white subway tile back splash, and high-grade appliances including a funky Old-Timey tomato red refrigerator. In addition to a built-in breakfast banquette in the kitchen area there's a small dining room at the rear of the parlor floor with a giant casement-style window that looks out over the back garden and a door that opens to a small balcony and stairs that lead down to the lower level garden area.

Up on the second floor there are three bedrooms—one quite large the other too somewhat small—that share a pair of hall bathrooms the sit on either side of a laundry room. The master suite consumes the entire top floor with an L-shaped bedroom painted royal blue, a small adjoining den/dressing room, a couple of small clothes closets, a vintage style bathroom with claw-footed tub—and towel heating rack—and a good-sized north-facing private terrace.

At one point Mister Hawke owned a small private island with a couple of small cottages in Nova Scotia that he bought when married to Uma Thurman but to be honest, children, we're not sure if he/they still own it or not.

exterior photo: Nicholas Strini for Property Shark
listing photos: Corcoran

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fire sale!!!!! Those checks ain't rollin' in so much, huh? Anyhoo, if he needs to sale to free up money so be it.

Shopgirl said...

Wow that guy is always such a "debbie downer" in interviews. I would have never guessed his home would be so colorful and upbeat. I like its casual style.

Anonymous said...

Nothing to like here. Odd in many ways. Too odd.

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Nicholas Kane said...

Amazing cute, cozy family environment! Wowww I really like the interior design of whole place. I can't believe they utilized such a small space to make an awesome NYC apartment.

Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed by some of the comments.
Those individuals that are able to stand on their soap box and declare how an individual lives and that their sale of said home is do to the need for cash.
This townhome may not scream Hollywood but money has been spent.. I'm well aware that the area carpet in the living room is a new process that takes several antique rugs and pieces them together in a rather eclectic mix but with a high price..that carpet alone based on it's size is in the neighborhood of 50,000.00..
To each his own just cause one individual may not choose to live in a home of so many colours doesn't mean it's any less attractive..I think it's time so many with so much to say also include their own individual room stylings before making the comments the do

lil' gay boy said...

Although certainly not a typical NYC home, I cannot imagine it being found anywhere else.

Lively, kid-friendly and eclectic.

Oh and Nicholas Kane, take your little anonymous friend and go back to link embedding school (in other words, STFU -- only parasites & children ride on the backs of others).

Peter said...

Agreed. I can only speak for myself but I take pleasure in all the residences posted. Don't like it, don't look..

Anonymous said...

My apologies for being so crude, but it looks like a bunch of clowns ejaculated all over this place. lol

Anonymous said...

1:27

"do to the need"?! (due?)

"comments the do"?! (they?)

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Fred Blandings said...

Riiight? It's a great house, if you don't like the colors, paint it. At least it looks like he decorated himself and does not live in a bubble of anonymous, bland Hollywood decorator
privilege (though that can be quite nice)

nursedeb said...

I like it....it has personality, and NO BEIGE. what is up with all the anon.? put an id on it or shut it.

Anonymous said...

So agree :)

Anonymous said...

whereabouts in Nova Scotia did he and Uma buy? there are quite a few celebs who own up there. Crazy Mel Gibson, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore.

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