About four years after Australian showbiz power couple Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin had their “artfully curated” Manhattan townhouse photographed for Elle Décor, the frequent creative and professional collaborators have hoisted the flamboyantly appointed Stuyvesant Square residence on the market with an asking price so close to $20 million that it might as well be $20 million.
Originally built by a Brooklyn-based merchant, the couple purchased the 19th-century Anglo-Italianate home almost five years ago, in 2017, for $13.5 million. They soon embarked on an epic renovation spearheaded by Martin, a costume designer and set designer who earned her four Oscars, which are displayed in the townhouse’s itty-bitty music room, for the Lurhmann written and directed films “Moulin Rouge” (2002) and “The Great Gatsby” (2013).
The Gatsby-esque mansion dates to the 1850s, with a handsome three-bay façade, arched windows and doors, and a foliate pattern wrought-iron railing along the Juliet balcony that runs the width of 28-foot-wide, five-floor home’s second floor. Measuring about 8,500 square feet, with additional FAR (floor area ratio), according to listings held by Steve Gold of The Corcoran Group, there are six bedrooms, three of them more spacious than the other three, and five bathrooms, plus two more powder rooms for guests.
The couple’s shared penchant for theatricality is evidenced in the saturated colors, rich textures, numerous curved staircases, and eye-dazzling wall coverings throughout. The same, intricately geometric paper was used in two different colors — black in the entrance hall and cellar-level screening room, and emerald in the combo dining room/lounge, while the parlor-level primary bedroom is swaddled in a jungle pattern rendered in earth tones, and the primary bathroom showcases a more delicate, pale, and spare pattern featuring tropical plantings.
The Clive Christianson-designed eat-in kitchen has dramatic inky black cabinets offset with white marble and gleaming stainless steel, a walk-in pantry larger than many Manhattan studio apartments, and access to the 1,000-square-foot rear garden. Other notable details, as laid out in the New York Post, include high ceilings, dark-stained parquet floors, five fireplaces, one of them wood-burning, and original moldings.
A jewel box of an elevator, finished to the same fantastical standards as the rest of the house, services all five floors, including the cellar, where there’s a bonus room/studio with attached powder room, as well as the top floor, which is currently configured as an independent suite complete with two lounges, a bar, an office, a small gym, a bedroom, and two bathrooms.
The wildly imaginative couple, who previously owned an equally eye-popping 20-room mansion in Sydney, Australia, have paired up once again for the upcoming biopic “Elvis,” which Luhrmann wrote, directed and produced, and Martin produced, along with handled the set and costume design. Expect a barn burner, a fully realized and richly detailed cinematic experience not so unlike their soon-to-be former Manhattan home.