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You Can Own Holly Golightly’s Townhouse in Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

by Caroline Stephenson Bouckaert (photo courtesy of Polaroid Cupcake)

Summer is a time for catching up on the classics and what better summer classic is there than Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Being a New Yorker, I love movies set in the City so I can play I Spy with the particular set locations. During this particular viewing, I took keen interest in Holly Golightly’s NYC apartment (remember the clawfoot tub-turned loveseat?) and decided to do a little research. Today, CIRCA brings you all the facts about a landmark to add to your must-see list. And if you’re truly a fan, you can buy it for $10,000,000!


Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Photo courtesy of Polaroid Cupcake.


169 E. 71st Street today. Photo courtesy of Corcoran.

Holly Golightly’s eccentric abode is located at 169 E. 71st Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Built in 1910, the Italianate townhouse is four stories tall and has a limestone façade.

169 E. 71st Street in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Photo courtesy of Polaroid Cupcake.

In 1961, when the movie was filmed, 169 E. 71st Street had green-and-white striped awnings on the first floor and a wisteria vine that climbed up the handrail and over the garden level windows.

Love that banister! Photo courtesy of Polaroid Cupcake.

The movie suggests the townhouse had been separated into individual apartments on each floor; Holly’s one-bedroom apartment was on the second floor of the townhouse.

Holly Golightly’s apartment. Photo courtesy of Polaroid Cupcake.

Today, the property is divided into two duplex apartments. The lower duplex includes a solarium and garden. The upper duplex has grand living spaces and two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (Amazingly, the same wisteria vine continues to thrive!). The townhouse was last sold in 2012 for almost $6,000,000, and is now back on the market for $10,000,000. Let’s all take a moment and ogle the interior!

169 E. 71st Street when it was for sale in 2012. Photos courtesy of Corcoran.

Interior enthusiasts should note, however, that the movie’s inside scenes were shot in Hollywood. Alas, the party scene was only a set and merely the exterior was used in the movie. Still, it is fun to stop by, emerge from a taxi, perhaps in a little black dress and some pearls, and remark, “Oh, I love New York!”

What’s a New York townhouse without a fire escape? Photo courtesy of Polaroid Cupcake.

(Coincidentally, the house where Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s was listed for sale at the same time in 2012. No. 70 Willow Street in Brooklyn is a 9,000 square foot Greek Revival house built in 1839. It has four stories and includes 11 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. It has a beautiful Charleston porch in the rear overlooking a garden. Capote lived in the basement apartment between 1955 and 1965. When it sold in 2012 for $12 million, it became the most expensive single-family house sale in Brooklyn’s history!)
Can’t get enough Holly Golightly? Head on over to Hooked on Houses or Polaroid Cupcake for more information on this house. Or, check out the full listing at Peter Ashe Real Estate.

Caroline’s love for everything “old” began with the 1928 house (old by Minneapolis standards!) in which she was raised. Eventually her interest in historic homes brought her to New York City where she completed a Masters in Historic Preservation at Columbia University with a concentration in Real Estate Development. Caroline is a serial real estate hunter and continues to search for that perfect urban gem or her upstate dream gentleman’s farm.


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