When your credentials include hit shows “Stranger Things” and “Orange Is the New Black,” you deserve to give yourself a pat on the back. And that’s exactly what Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Content Acquisition and Original Series, did. The streaming giant exec recently treated herself to a $14.1 million West Village townhouse previously owned by Billy Joel’s ex-wife Katie Lee, a cookbook author and food critic, and then put her own home, also in the West Village, on the market for $5.85 million. After getting no bites, she recently slashed the price tag to $5.595 million. Despite the renovations done to the property, when broker’s fees and closing costs are factored in, Holland will not make any profit on the sale as records show she purchased the slender,19th-century townhouse in 2017 for $5.43 million.
Holland’s former property is a four-story, 2,661 square foot red brick home and contains five working fireplaces and a compact, 425-square-foot private garden.
The renovated three-bedroom, three-bathroom home boasts original moldings, a couple of fireplaces and wainscoting on the stairwells. Additional features arched doorways, wide plank walnut and oak floors, recessed lights, a modern chef’s kitchen with luxury appliances and new wood beam ceilings in the bedrooms. In keeping with the historic home’s exterior, it also features traditionally styled windows with white and black casings and muntins. Inside the master bathroom, there’s a vintage marble countertop fitted with a modern sink. And, while the Netflix exec’s former home doesn’t have a screening room, there is a custom made media room and wet bar on the third floor, as well as a formal dining room and two sitting rooms on the lower floors — perfect for entertaining fellow creatives.
The West Village famously has its fair share of rich and/or celebrity residents. Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Mathew Broderick call the neighborhood home, as does Chipotle founder Steve Ells. Marcelo Claure, former CEO of Sprint and COO of the Japanese-based SoftBank Group, settled into the neighborhood in 2017. Other longstanding residents include actor Liv Tyler, Melissa Schiff (whose ex-husband is the son of billionaire investor George Soros) and Stuart Peterson, cofounder of San Francisco-based venture capital firm ARTIS Ventures. It’s a small world, especially in neighborhoods where homes cost over $10 million.
Chris Fry of Elegran is the exclusive listing agent for the property and also represented Holland in the purchase of her new townhouse.