The house whose exterior was used as a stand-in for Seinfeld character Elaine Benes’s home has hit the market, asking $8.65 million, the Wall Street Journal first reported. But the house is not in the Upper West Side, where the show was mostly set; it’s actually along historic Cushman Row in Chelsea.
Owners Harry Azorin and Lori Monson bought the house back in 1995 for $950,000, but it needed a renovation. The couple added structural improvements, including re-supporting the roof and fixing the garden, according to WSJ.
The 4,730-square-foot, four-story house has six bedrooms, four full baths, two partial ones, and multiple fireplaces. The upstairs floor can be rented as a duplex apartment but the house can be “easily restored to a single-family residence,” the listing says.
Though Seinfeld had already been shot when the owners moved in, a production team visited before the show’s finale. “They had to come back and do footage for the final episode of Seinfeld shortly after we moved in because they discovered in their archives they didn’t have a night shot of our house,” Monson told WSJ.
Aside from its connection to Seinfeld, the house has a storied past. It’s part of a row of seven Greek Revival houses, between 406 and 418 West 20th Street, which sit in Chelsea’s historic district, all built by Don Alonzo Cushman in 1839. Cushman was the “proverbial farm boy who came from upstate to New York to seek his fortune,” the Landmarks Preservation Commission report says. He became a dry goods merchant, lived in the Village for some time, and became friends with writer Clement Clarke Moore and James N. Wells, “the man who planned Chelsea,” according to the New York Times. Cushman bought the property in 1833 and built a mansion. He went on to help found the Greenwich Savings Bank and later became its president.
The house’s landscaped garden has a fountain and is a “bucolic oasis,” according to the listing. Some details the place keeps from its 19th and early 20th century past include mahogany doors with original hardware, hand-carved moldings, and Italian marble fireplaces. Its stunning red brick facade—in tune with the surrounding houses—and its handrails, give it a ton of curb appeal.
It’s located at 408 West 20th Street, and taxes for the property are $2,867/month. Mark Thomas Amadei and Jonathan Hettinger of Sotheby’s International Realty have the listing.