Ardent Seinfeld fans may instantly recognize the exterior of a Chelsea townhouse that recently hit the market for $8.65 million, though these days, the number of folks who stop by to ask about the familiar brick façade are fewer and further between. “Maybe twice a month, someone would walk by, and they’d say, ‘Is this Elaine’s house?’” current owner Lori Monson told the Wall Street Journal recently. “I would go, ‘How would you know that?… It would happen twice a month, maybe, and then once a month. Maybe, I’d say, about 10 years ago, it stopped.”
The stunning abode was originally built in 1839, and provided the exterior of Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘s character, Elaine, on Seinfeld. Much of the filming happened prior to Monson and her husband Harry Azorin’s move-in in 1995, but she told the WSJ that the production team did stop by once to make sure they got a night shot of the home as well.
Manson and Azorin bought the historic townhouse in 1995 for $950,000, and have renovated it substantially in the nearly 25 years since, including adding steel supports for the roof and ground floor. The townhouse spans four floors, though the entire fourth floor is a separate apartment unit that the couple leases to tenants.
In total, the home includes six bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. It’s located just steps away from the High Line and a short walk from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Chelsea Market, though the bedrooms face a quieter site, the General Theological Seminary. Unique features include six fireplaces that the couple believes were originally built for coal (they are currently operable wood-burning fireplaces); a basement-level kitchen that opens onto a beautifully tended backyard garden; and original exposed brick and wooden floors throughout.
“We grabbed the house even though it needed work with some of the structure, because it just felt right,” Monson said. “The house has a soul.” The couple is listing the residence because they said they don’t need as much space anymore now that their son has moved out.