A New York City townhouse with ties to Elia Kazan is asking $6.49 million
This five-story Upper East Side townhouse, which the late film director Elia Kazan is said to have once lived in, is currently for sale for $6.49 million — less than two months after the property moved for $9 million, according to real estate records.
(At the time, there was a $4.8 million mortgage on it.)
The turn-of-the-century brownstone at 212 E. 72nd Street, between Second and Third Avenues, has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Kazan — an immigrant born to Greek parents in Constantinople, now Istanbul, and grandfather of actor Zoe Kazan — is said to have lived in the house from about 1955 to the early 1960s. Representing the best and worst of America, he once “named names” before the House Un-American Activities Committee, ruined lives with his testimony, and then took out a full-page ad in the New York Times encouraging others to do the same. .
In his book Naming Names, the late author/journalist Viktor Navasky describes the time when playwright Arthur Miller sent Kazan a copy of his play, A View from the Bridge, about the media. Kazan wrote his thanks, saying that he would be honored to direct the film. Miller replied: “You don’t understand. I didn’t send it to you because I wanted you to direct it. I sent it to you because I wanted you to know my opinion on stool pigeons.”
Kazan went on to produce popular films such as “On the Waterfront” and “East of Eden.” Of course, others in Hollywood declined to name names, and some even managed to win Oscars while on the blacklist, working under pseudonyms and maintaining their integrity.
The 5,242-square-foot home has five fireplaces and five private outdoor spaces totaling 1,700 square feet, including a garden, two covered terraces and a rooftop deck. There are also desirable ‘curb lots’ for private parking. The exterior features a stucco facade and three transom windows.
The 17-foot-wide townhouse is located outside the historic district and has a maximum building size of 18,220 square feet. Currently includes a full height basement with laundry room, storage and mechanical systems.
The brokers listed are Matthew Lesser of Leslie J. Garfield, Ravi Kantha, Jed Garfield and Kaylin Sullivan.
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