A spectacular and pedigreed New York mansion with a Hollywood resume just hit the market for the first time in more than two decades, thrilling history buffs and movie fans alike! The striking pad, easily one of the finest private residences ever to be built in Manhattan, found widespread fame via its big-screen role as the home of the eccentric Tenenbaum family in “The Royal Tenenbaums,” which delightfully wicked patriarch Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) is said to have purchased “in the winter of his 35th year.”
In the 2001 dramedy, the castle-like manse is purported to be at 111 Archer Ave. in an unnamed locality. As art director Carl Sprague explained to Variety, writer/director Wes Anderson “was very particular about the fact that the city wasn’t New York. If you watch the movie closely, you’ll notice that we changed out all the street signs. Even in choosing locations, we avoided picking any recognizable New York landmarks. It serves to sort of mythologize the story a bit.”
Well, the setting may have been fabricated, but the family’s home is very real. It can be found towering over a leafy corner lot at 339 Convent Ave. in Harlem’s historic Hamilton Heights neighborhood. Repped by Spencer Means of Compass, the fully furnished estate is listed for lease at $20,000 a month. For those without that sort of capital, a private room in the residence is also being offered for a special $40 two-night stay starting May 26 on Airbnb.
Initially constructed in 1899, the immense dwelling was designed by architect Adolph Hoak for developer Jacob D. Butler as part of a group of 15 neighboring residences along Convent Ave. Though occupied by several prominent Manhattanites over the years, the 100-foot wide Flemish Revival-style pad is best known for being the longtime home of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Charles H. Tuttle, who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1930 against Franklin Delano Roosevelt.