Director Baz Luhrmann’s Daring and Colorful Gramercy Park Townhouse Hits the Market

What do the films The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, and upcoming biopic Elvis have in common? Besides their showstopping sets and detailed costumes, it’s director Baz Luhrmann. With a proven eye for how to create highly-visual films, it doesn’t shock that Luhrmann’s personal style is just as unique and enthralling. Nothing shows this better than his New York City townhouse, which just listed in Gramercy Park for $19,999,500.

The story of 243 East 17th Street starts a few centuries ago. Built in the 1850s, the home was created by Thomas Morton. Its past residents have been well-documented, growing like a family tree. Just to name a few, former inhabitants include the Haywards (a British family who lived there from 1871-1896), Martha and Rudolph Edward Schirmer (who lived there from 1881-1920), and saxophonist Clifford Jordan.

In 2013, Luhrmann dropped $13.5 million to buy the 8,500-square-foot beauty, according to the NY Post. He went on to artfully renovate it in 2019, creating a bold and colorful array of spaces to enjoy. Perhaps the primary bedroom, dressed in wallpaper bursting with vacation vibes, will be the spot that draws a buyer in. Or, maybe it will be the various staircases, curving and flowing like silk. Good bones are aplenty throughout thanks to high ceilings, arched doorways, and original moldings.

Some other spaces that deserve attention include the Clive Christian-designed kitchen with painted pine cabinetry or the fourth-floor suite, where Luhrmann wrote most of the script for Elvis. The basement’s glamorous media/screening room may have been an ideal place for the director to view his favorite creations, too.

With a total of 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and two half baths to utilize, the Anglo-Italianate townhouse has space for all. Including its larger-than-life personality. Steve Gold of The Corcoran Group holds the listing.