A Marvelous Murray Hill Brownstone Where Jessica Tandy Once Lived Is Up for Sale

A gorgeous historic townhouse in Manhattan’s central Murray Hill neighborhood has hit the market seeking $4.5 million. And while many NYC townhouses list with a claim to fame, such as Eleanor Roosevelt’s last residence or the narrowest townhouse in the Big Apple, this stunner also has a pretty sweet one. Tony Award-winners Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, late Broadway legends and stars of films by Alfred Hitchcock, called it home during the 1940s and 1950s. The couple lived here when Tandy famously played Blanche DuBois in the debut of Tennessee Williams’ masterwork A Streetcar Named Desire, which first opened in December of 1947.

Built in 1857 when construction Italianate brownstone in New York City was all the rage, this brownstone was created with an ornate outlook on architecture. Now, almost a century later, its rooms still hold rich historic details. Intricate elements such as the curved mahogany banisters, patterned hardwood floors, and complex moldings find themselves in unison alongside modern updates.

Today, the multi-family abode holds 6 bedrooms, 4 baths and 2 ½ baths in total across two units. The “Garden Duplex” with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a powder room opens out to the patio. The “Owner’s Triplex” then consists of four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a powder room. It also boasts perks like a 130-bootle wine cooler and a roof deck with views of the Empire State Building and Chrysler building.

Easily capable of becoming a single-family home, the opportunities are endless here. And for those seeking New York City adventures, Murray Hill is home to a slew of Midtown restaurants and shops. It’s also not too far from Broadway stages, a fact Tandy (who almost reached EGOT status) and Cronyn must have enjoyed.

Calli Sarkesh and Amy Mendizabal of Compass hold the listing.