The latest The Manhattan townhouse at 169 East 71st Street, widely known as the house of movie stars and scandals has now been sold for $5.97 million. The elegant brownstone house was not only famous as the building front of Holly Golightly’s apartment in the iconic romantic comedy flick Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but also as the hideout of disgraced owner Peter E. Bacanovic, the Merrill Lynch stockbroker who spent 5-months in prison as part of Martha Stewart's insider-trading scandal. With this sale, it seems like estates featured in films or associated with celebrities are in great demand, as we have recently seen the sale of Sex and City townhouse at 64 Perry Street, where Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw lived.
Bought by a mysterious Cyprus based Costalea Holdings Limited, this graciously old townhouse which remained under the thumb of Peter E. Bacanovic for 11 years, was co-listed for $5.85 million in last winter with Corcoran and Ron Teitelbaum Properties. Reportedly, Mr. Bacanovic who bought the home for just $1.8 million in year 2000 sold the famous property because he wanted to make a change.
Currently, the 15-foot wide, 4-storey brownstone house on Upper East Side, Manhattan has been beautifully configured as two luxury duplexes. Besides being associated with celebrities, the townhouse boasts 5 wood-burning fireplaces, a solarium, interior shutters along with a large-sized backyard for entertaining.