Whether or not you've seen The Royal Tenenbaums, if you like New York City and lots of wood paneling, you'll like this house on one Manhattan's most beautiful streets.
The historic mansion on Convent Avenue was built in the Flemish Revival style and spans 6000 square feet.
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It is said that Wes Anderson decided on the location for The Royal Tenenbaums before the movie even existed – so, in a way, the movie was built around the spectacular home rather than the other way round. We can see why – it really is something special.
Inside, there are six bedrooms, four and half bathrooms, a formal living room, formal dining room, butler kitchen, family room, chef's kitchen, and garden. The first three floors are also served by a convenient elevator (can it get any more Wes Anderson than that?).
This may be a traditional-looking home, but it's different from many other mansions. Firstly, there are 50 windows letting in plenty of natural light from the tree-lined avenue. The house also doesn't have a front entrance – instead, there's a three-aspect side entrance. This will no doubt appeal to a resident who wishes to keep their privacy.
The interior (the house is offered fully furnished) is a cornucopia of original wood detailing, stained glass, and gas fireplaces. The rich and warm colors are complemented by carefully chosen artworks, antique furniture pieces, and sumptuous textiles. And have you noticed that red damask wallpaper? It shouldn't work but it really does.
Hamilton Heights is in north Manhattan and a short subway ride from Midtown. The Riverbank State Park is a short walk away. Wes Anderson has said of the house that 'it's hidden in plain sight', and we see what he meant – it's luxurious and massive, but somehow also understated and tucked away in a somewhat less flashy part of town.
339 Convent Avenue (opens in new tab) can be rented for $20,000 a month and is represented by Spencer Means and Paolo Sciarra of Compass.