The Epic Stuyvesant Square Townhouse of Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin
Almost four years after Australian showbiz power couple Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin had their “artfully curated” Manhattan townhouse, the frequent creative and professional collaborators have put their flamboyantly appointed Stuyvesant Square residence up for sale at a price so close to $20 million that it almost seems like it does.
The couple bought the 19th-century Anglo-Italianate home almost five years ago, for $13.5 million, from a Brooklyn-based merchant. The townhouse was soon undergoing a massive renovation led by Martin, a costume designer and set designer who won four Oscars, including one in the itty-bitty music room of the house, for Lurhmann's movies "Moulin Rouge" (2002) and "The Great Gatsby".
With a handsome three-bay façade, arched windows, and a foliate pattern wrought-iron railing along the Juliet balcony spanning the width of the second floor, the Gatsby-esque mansion dates to the 1850s. Approximately 8,500 square feet of living space are included in the home, along with an additional FAR (floor area ratio). The house has six bedrooms, three of which are larger, and five bathrooms.
Colors, textures, and curved staircases reflect their love of theatricality throughout the house. Black is the color of the intricately geometric paper used in the entrance hall and cellar screening room, emerald is the color of the dining room/lounge, and the primary bedroom on the parlor level features an earth tone jungle pattern, while the primary bathroom has a more delicate, pale, and sparse motif.
The Clive Christianson-designed eat-in kitchen features a large walk-in pantry and access to a 1,000-square-foot rear garden. In addition, it has five fireplaces, one of which is a wood-burning fireplace, and original moldings.
Finished to the same fantastical standards as the rest of the house, the jewel box elevator serves all five floors, including the cellar, which contains a bonus room/studio with attached powder room, as well as the top floor, which has two lounges, a bar, an office, a small gym, a bedroom, and two bathrooms that are currently configured as an independent suite.
Luhrmann and Martin once again partnered for the upcoming biopic “Elvis,” which they wrote, directed and produced, while Martin produced, along with setting up and designing the set and costumes. The pair previously owned a 20-room mansion in Sydney, Australia. Their soon-to-be former Manhattan home will be a barn burner, a fully realized and richly detailed cinematic experience.