An eccentric household reconciliation a la “The Royal Tenenbaums” might be yours for $20,000 a month.
The brick fort in Harlem introduced a dysfunctional household performed by Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson collectively in 2001 to reconnect with their estranged father performed by Gene Hackman in Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
The $3.6 million house nonetheless stands on Convent Avenue in Harlem — and it’s up for hire at $20,000 a month, furnished, for a time period of 12 to 24 months, according to Realtor.com. Sorry, no pets allowed — poor Buckley! — (Chas’ canine within the film).
The six-bed, four-and-a-half-bath Flemish-Romanesque revival mansion is the place Etheline Tenenbaum, performed by Anjelica Huston, raised her three youngsters after her husband Royal left them — and the place Royal returned 20 years later with the false declare he was dying to attempt to revive a relationship together with his household.
A be aware within the mailbox
While driving across the metropolis with a report producer pal in May 2000, Anderson noticed the brownstone and dropped a be aware within the mailbox to inquire about it, according to a feature in the Observer in 2001.
“[The house] kinda has a storybook quality to it, really,” Anderson instructed the Observer. “It needed to be a New York house that wasn’t stereotypical … and where you’d have a real strong sense of family history.”
He had half-finished the script and envisioned New York with “Archer Avenue,” “the Valenzuela Bridge,” “the 375th Street Y” and “the Lindbergh Palace Hotel” vibes. The house helped encourage the ending touches on the script, in keeping with the Observer.
Soon-to-be landlords Lana and Willie Woods have owned the 6,000-square-foot house since earlier than they rented it out to Anderson for six months at about $75,000 a month — so the constructing’s subsequent tenant shall be getting a substantial low cost in comparison with Anderson, whose film had a budget of $25 million.
The shoot on the house lasted solely 22 days, after which Willie Woods went about renovating the property, which he deliberate to maneuver into together with his household, in keeping with the Observer characteristic.
“[The owner] got the house, ultimately, at no cost, because our fees for shooting there ended up being the equivalent of what he paid for it,” Anderson told New York Magazine in 2001. Records present that Woods bought the house for $460,000 in a foreclosures sale, serving to us guess the month-to-month hire.
Inside the Harlem fort
From the road, the Hamilton Heights mansion has a five-floor round turret with a conical slate roof and intricately carved spandrel panels beneath the third-floor home windows, in keeping with a Hamilton Heights historic district designation report from 1974. In the film, the turret is topped with a pink “T” flag.
The L-shaped sideways stoop on the nook of Convent and 144th Street — the film lists the fictional deal with as 111 Archer Ave. — results in the brick and ashlar stone doorway topped by an arched window and a lintel course, which is a ornamental association of stonework, as described within the Hamilton Heights report.
On the opposite aspect of the house entrance, 4 flooring of three-sided bay home windows — one degree with unique stained glass home windows — are topped by a step-like triangular gable roof, pictures present.
The slate roof has copper-crested dormer home windows, as described within the Hamilton Heights report, which referred to as the house “one of the finest examples of its style surviving in the city.”
The house has six gasoline fireplaces, an elevator and over 50 home windows with publicity to the north, east and west, in keeping with the report. Much of the house’s unique woodwork has been preserved, in keeping with the Observer.
The floor degree has the primary kitchen and a backyard outside. There can be a pantry, storage and a walk-in closet. In the film, the “telephone room” the place Etheline Tenenbaum is first launched was constructed out of the touchdown of the steps main all the way down to the bottom degree, in keeping with the Observer.
The L-shaped stairs outdoors really result in a second-floor lobby with a giant wood staircase which, within the film, is roofed in youngsters’s artwork.
The second ground has a lounge, a eating room and a butler’s pantry with a wine cooler. The eating room the place Royal tells his youngsters about his separation from their mom nonetheless has the identical crimson floral wallpaper, Realtor.com pictures present.
On the third degree is a household room, an workplace and a lavatory suite with a walk-in closet and a non-public lavatory, floor plans show.
All of the kids’s bedrooms are within the turret, giving them a distinctive persona. In the film, the household room is transformed into Margot’s African safari childhood bedroom, adorned with crimson wallpaper with zebras from an Upper East Side restaurant, in keeping with the Observer.
The fourth ground has two bedrooms, an out of doors space and the first bed room with a dressing room, in keeping with ground plans.
The major bed room served as Chas’ orderly bed room within the film, which is staged with a water cooler, a pc, copies of Fortune journal, bunk beds, a punching bag, a secure deposit field, his Dalmatian mice and a closet stuffed with a little one’s pinstripe fits.
In the film, the house has a pink fourth-floor ballroom — this scene was shot at a completely different location.
The fifth ground has two bedrooms, two skylights and a playroom. The playroom served as Richie Tenenbaum’s pastel blue childhood bed room within the film, which was staged with trophies, drawings and a drum set underneath the spire.
While the house is most recognized for its position within the Wes Anderson film, “The Royal Tenenbaums” wasn’t this house’s first act.
The house was developed for actual property dealer Jacob D. Butler and architect Adolph Hoak in 1899 as a part of a row of 15 homes. The house handed from Charles Augustus King (1909) to Cornelius P. Toomey (1916) to Charles H. Tuttle (circa 1920).
Tuttle was a distinguished prosecutor and ran towards Franklin D. Roosevelt for the governor of New York. Under his residency, the house hosted a funeral, racial activism conferences, Christmas events and teas. By the mid-’90s, it was break up into two residences however was restored to a single-family in 2001, according to a local report.
Listing dealer Spencer Means of Compass, who shares the itemizing with Paola Sciarra of Compass, didn’t return a request for remark.