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Hollywood icon’s former Upper East Side home now a $22K/month rental

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Stage and screen actress Tallulah Bankhead once called this place home

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A picturesque townhouse on the Upper East Side has made its way to the market as a pricey rent, asking $22,000/month. The pricey pad offers four bedrooms and more than four bathrooms, but it’s the backstory of the house that makes it interesting. The listing description notes that the house is full of “musical charm and stage presence,” as it is the former home of stage and screen actress Talullah Bankhead and in the 1920s, the abode served as the New York School for Piano.

The early 20th-century home spans five floors and maintains a good amount of its original charm. Ceilings soar as high as 11 feet in some portions of the house and you’ll find both decorative fireplaces and a wood-burning fireplace throughout. The parlor floor even comes with a “treasured Van Cliburn-signed Steinway & Sons piano.”

A few contemporary upgrades have made the space suitable to modern standards, resulting in a huge eat-in chef’s kitchen with butcher block countertops, white cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. There is a living/dining room situated just beyond the kitchen that leads to the spacious outdoor area.

The third level gives way to two en-suite bedrooms, which both could work as the master bedroom (at least that’s what the floorplan suggests), the one is slightly larger than the other and includes a walk-in closet. There are two more walk-ins on the fourth floors, along with several small closets scattered throughout the home.

You get plenty of outdoor space with this pricey rental: The garden encompasses nearly 1,000 square feet, says the listing, and is complete with a hammock.