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Playwright Edward Albee’s longtime Tribeca apartment seeks $9M

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The Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? author called the apartment home for nearly 40 years

Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Tribeca is known for being something of a celebrity magnet, with A-listers steadily occupying to the neighborhood’s many converted lofts and warehouses. But before big names like Tom Brady or Justin Timberlake—or even Robert de Niro, long seen as a neighborhood booster—moved in, there was Edward Albee.

The award-winning writer of plays like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance moved to a loft in a converted cheese factory on Harrison Street in 1977, and kept the apartment until his death in 2016. Now, that apartment is hitting the market for the first time, asking $8.995 million. Douglas Elliman’s Tom Titone has the listing.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the sale, Albee split his time between the Tribeca loft and a house in Montauk (currently on the market for $20 million). During his nearly 40 years as a Tribeca resident, Albee apparently threw star-studded Christmas parties, and wrote some of his acclaimed works within the apartment. Artwork from Albee’s personal collection was also littered throughout the space.

Practically speaking, the three-bedroom duplex spans 4,500 square feet, and takes up the building’s entire fifth and sixth floors (which can be accessed via private elevator landings). The space is slightly quirky—the listing notes that this is an opportunity to “create the home of your dreams”—but still has traces of its once-industrial past; there are beamed ceilings, a spiral staircase connecting the two levels, an enormous skylight, and walls of exposed brick.

Exclusive roof access, with Manhattan views, is also included in the listing.