It's not everyday the opportunity comes up to "own a piece of Bay Ridge movie nostalgia," as the listing for this home on 79th Street puts it.
The on-screen home of local (and, uh, fictional) hero Tony Manero—played by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever—has hit the market for $2.498 million. Fittingly, the iconic film, credited for putting Bay Ridge on the map, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
It's mostly the exterior of the home, built in the 1920s, that makes an appearance on film. As for the interior, it got renovated 12 years ago, bringing in cherry wood floors, along with granite countertops with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Otherwise, there's still plenty of historic detailing left, like a wood mantlepiece in the living room and bay windows.
The dining room is easily the loveliest room of the home, decked out with stained glass framed by dark wood moldings. A carved wood mantlepiece with a wood-burning fireplace tops off the impressive space. The moldings, built-ins and china cabinet look exactly as they did in a Saturday Night Fever scene, where a Manero family dinner ends with Tony whining about his dad messing up his hair.
Though the home could hold five bedrooms, it's currently set up with four with a media room on the second floor. The top-floor master suite, under peaked ceilings, still boasts its own gas stove.
The New York Post actually profiled the owner this summer—she’s a Russian transplant who bought the one-family abode with her then-boyfriend in 2005, "in part because of the address Hollywood history." She put the home up for auction but apparently there were no takers, given the latest sales push.
- Listing: 221 79th Street [Ben Bay Realty]