Julia Stiles Dumps New York City Duplex

SELLER: Julia Stiles
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $2,700,000
SIZE: 2,081 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: We’ve received an unexpected but welcomed covert communiqué from ever-congenial and long-time Big Apple informant Polly Wannacracker who — among other tidbits and morsels — let Your Mama know that New York City born and bred actress Julia Stiles quietly sold her duplex condo for $2,700,000.

Property records show the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress picked up the 2,081-square foot apartment on the top floors of a well-maintained and nondescript six-unit brownstone building directly across from historic Stuyvesant Square in June 2004 for $1,995,000. Our research reveals Miss Stiles first hoisted the three bedroom and 3.5 bathroom apartment on the open market more than a year ago — in July 2013 — with an in-hindsight rose-tinted $3.5 million price tag. (The asking price eventually dropped to a much more attractive $2.75 million before it was snatched up by a not-famous buyer.)

Monthly common charges and taxes for the south-facing duplex total $2,519 as per digital marketing materials and the sale includes a 100+ square foot storage room in the basement, a real bonus in a New York City where private storage is often severely limited.

A key-lock elevator, a welcomed rarity in turn of the 20th century brownstone building, opens to a private landing and small but proper foyer with generous walk-in closet and compact half bath. Floor plans included with digital marketing materials show a laundry closet with stacked washer and dryer in the half bathroom, a cramped and inconvenient spot for a washer and drying to be sure. However, in New York City, laundry equipment wedged in to an itty-bitty and window-free powder pooper is still a whole lot better than schlepping dirty clothes to the nearest Laundromat.

Also less than optimally but not exactly a deal breaker for many dedicated New Yorkers, one must pass through the (clearly renovated) kitchen to get to the main living/dining room that includes a wood burning fireplace, a few built-in bookshelves and a couple of over-sized south-facing windows. We can’t help but note the odd and, frankly, disturbingly disharmonious collection of artworks and furnishings in the living room that includes a Victorian settee set at an awkward cattywompus angle, a lavender sofa that may or may not be leather, a shabby and not-so-chic slip-covered armchair and an upright piano.

The kitchen is certainly updated and well equipped with high(er) end stainless steel appliances, a vibrant azure subway tile back splash and some sort of granite or solid surface counter top. This property gossip, for what it’s worth — and it isn’t worth a damn nickel — isn’t so keen on the bone colored faux-antiqued raised panel cabinetry that sadly stops just a few inches short of the ceiling, a situation that guarantees a massive pile up of dust. We also can’t say we find Miz Stiles’ decorative impulses to be particularly inspired or — let’s be honest — even in working order but at least she had the good sense not to shove a bunch of fake greenery up in that space like way too many people do but, anyways…

Each of the three, decent-for-NYC-sized second floor bedrooms has a woeful dearth of closet space and direct access to a private and windowless bathroom. The largest bedroom has a corner fireplace, two small closets and a sky-lit bathroom with separate tub and shower while the smallest bedroom has a separate entrance and a large sky light in lieu of an actual window.

The switchback staircase continues up to a roughly 800-ish square foot private rooftop deck with a lovely and coveted, over-the-treetop view of the Empire State building.

Listing photos and floor plan: Douglas Elliman

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  1. Sandpiper says:

    Mind you, I’d snap this up in a heartbeat but obstacles prevail (lol). Two things jump out (since I’m not buying it)! It’s like the kitchen that ate the living room. It’s so out there and domineering, and for a room that big … hey, no window. The other thing that makes me nuts are those bedrooms. The lack of closet space is a buzz kill. With those measurements, there’s barely navigation around a bed, let alone fitting a dresser or amoire in the master. I get the necessity of attractive room count to support sales value, but geez. I’d combine BRs 1 and 2, bulk up on closet space, and build another BR on the roof, permit permitting. But … um … that’s just me.

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