Elaine’s Townhouse From “Seinfeld” Wants $8.65M

Elaine’s Townhouse From “Seinfeld” Wants $8.65M

By Kathryn M.
The stately, 179-year-old townhouse in Chelsea played Elaine Benes’s residence on the ’90s show.

The five-story residence at 408 West 20th Street has been known to stop passersby in their tracks. Rising from a quiet, leafy street in Manhattan, the home’s stately facade may look familiar because it played a role in the popular ’90s sitcom Seinfeld.

Neatly nestled on Chelsea’s Cushman Row, the grand townhouse at 408 West 20th Street has curb appeal, including a dramatic front stoop with 19th-century detailing. 

For years, the exterior played the home of Seinfeld character Elaine Benes, famously played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Despite the hit show being mostly set in the Upper West Side, the four-bedroom residence is actually located in the heart of Chelsea’s historic district.

At over 21.5 feet wide, the home offers impressive width for New York standards. It spans 4,730 square feet over five floors, plus an excavated 850-square-foot basement.

The residence is one of seven Greek Revival houses sited along the famous Cushman Row, so named due to the fact that all were built in 1839 by Don Alonzo Cushman. Listed for the first time in over 20 years, the home’s current owners, Harry Azorin and Lori Monson, purchased it in 1995 for $950,000.

Featuring white beamed ceilings and original, wide-plank floors, the rustic-inspired chef's kitchen is just steps away from the dining room, which is accented by a large stone hearth. 

Soaring ceilings continue into the airy, upper-floor living room, complete with large, north-facing windows and an exposed brick fireplace. 

Throughout the years, the couple lovingly maintained and remodeled the home, while also adding structural improvements to areas such as the roof and backyard. Period details, including hand-carved moldings and Italian marble fireplaces, can be found throughout. Scroll ahead to continue a tour of the property, currently listed for $8,650,000.

While the floor plan is currently configured as a triplex with a three-bedroom duplex apartment offered on the top floor, the home can be easily converted into a single-family residence large enough to accommodate as many as seven bedrooms.  

A peek at another one of the light-filled bedrooms located on the top floor, which can also be converted into a home office or studio, depending on the buyer's needs.

A lushly landscaped garden awaits in the backyard. Featuring a fountain and small pond, the outdoor area provides a serene oasis in the middle of Manhattan.

408 West 20th Street is currently listed for $8,650,000 by Mark Thomas Amadei and Jonathan Hettinger of Sotheby's International Realty.

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