Currently owned by world-famous director, Spike Lee, this smart Upper East Side mansion, with a string of famous former residents, is on the market for nearly £20 million
World-renowned director, Spike Lee is selling his historic townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for £19.6 million.
Lee, known for his independant films such as, She’s Gotta Have It and Do The Right Thing still owns property in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, but has decided to offload his Manhattan mansion.
The five-bedroomed home, built in the Spanish Revival style, was constructed in 1920 by the Vanderbilt family as a wedding present for their daughter, Barbara Rutherford.
Set around a private courtyard, the luxurious New York property, named Hatch Home, is filled with charming original features.
Set over two wings which are linked by a corridor, the house features large open fireplaces topped with marble mantlepieces.
It also has staff quarters, a special chef’s kitchen and a home gym.
Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee bought Hatch Home for £10 million from artist Jasper Johns in 1998, according to website, Curbed.
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Johns, who is famed for his iconic Flag painting of the Stars and Stripes, is just one of the many famous previous owners of the townhouse.
The illustrious property has also been owned by Broadway producer Charles B Dillingham, engineer Charles Lanier Lawrance and Burlesque dancer, Gypsy Rose Lee. The musical Gypsy was based on her memoirs.
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