A show of hands, please: How many of you have never seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? Not even once? OK, I'm afraid I need to ask those unfortunate souls to kindly leave the post now -- but do bookmark us and come back after you watch the movie. Until then, you're just not likely to get the significance of this:
The Manhattan townhouse that Audrey Hepburn made famous in the 1961 classic flick (that everyone in the world but you has seen at least a half-dozen times) is back on the market, this time sporting a price tag of $5.85 million.
Based on the novel by Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn's character, Holly Golightly -- a young New York socialite, becomes interested in a new man in her apartment building. And this, of course, is the building. It's a place of high style, romance and a stage set against the backdrop of a fabulous city -- sort of pre-"Sex in the City" but with a better address.
Anyway, the duplex townhome is a to-die-for, four-story brownstone with as much elegance as Hepburn herself. Located off Lexington Avenue, the upper unit has a bright living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a sweeping staircase, suitable for the grand entrances Golightly would make.
As The New York Times notes, the house no longer wears the green and white striped window awnings that is sported in the movie, but it's easy enough to picture young Holly dashing out of a cab and up the steps.
The Corcoran Group has the listing.
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