Legendary sitcom director Jim Burrows listed his one-bedroom and one-bathroom pied-à-terre apartment in a hallowed, celeb-favored pre-war building in Greenwich Village on New York City’s tony lower Fifth Avenue with a sky-high price of $6.75 million.
The ten-time Emmy-winner, one of the creators of “Cheers” and a still-much-in-demand director whose career spans more than forty years and includes directing for iconic sitcoms like “Taxi,” “Friends,” and “Mike & Molly” along with more than 200 episodes of “Will & Grace,” including all ten episodes of the currently airing reprise, purchased the high-floor co-operative apartment in early 2015 for $4.2 million. Since then the apartment has undergone a complete and impeccable facelift that included the installation of stunning chevron pattern hardwood floors and an all-new open-plan kitchen with sleek, brass-fixtured snow-white cabinets and a marble-countered center island with integrated snack bar positioned to take maximum advantage of an unobstructed, western sunset view clear over the West Village and Hudson River to the New Jersey skyline.
A cramped entrance hall with small coat closet opens to an ample but well short of immense, L-shaped combination living/dining/kitchen area with six magnificently mammoth, single-pane windows that frame southern views down into and over Washington Square Park to the One World Trade tower. The short corridor that connects the living room to the bedroom incorporates a clever pull out linen cabinet and provides discreet access to the glitzy and smartly compartmentalized Art Deco-inspired marble and mirrored bathroom that is also accessible directly from the bedroom.
The full-service building, an Art Deco tower built in 1927 and entered through an august, wood-paneled lobby, has long attracted entertainment industry luminaries and current owners include Blythe Danner, Tim Burton, Jessica Lange and The Rolling Stones’s Keith Richards whose duplex penthouse has been on the market for more than a year and is currently priced at $11.995 million.
Mister Burrows and his wife, hair stylist Debbie Easton, reside primarily in Los Angeles where they own a nearly 13,000-square-foot Mediterranean villa at the end of a long, gated driveway on almost 4.5 hilltop acres high above Bel Air they picked up in 2004 for almost $12 million and had worked over by renowned interior designer Michael S. Smith before it was photographed for and fawned over in Architectural Digest in late 2009. The couple previously owned Willow Grace Farm, a pastoral, 230-plus-acre country spread in Millbrook, N.Y., about 90 miles north of their lower Fifth Avenue apartment, where they custom-built a 9,000-square-foot Colonial Revival-style farmhouse also done up by Michael S. Smith, featured in Elle Décor in 2008 and sold, per property records, in 2011 for $15 million.
exterior photo: Nicholas Strini for Property Shark; listing photos and floor plan: Stribling