Probably one of the most iconic places in New York City is the Carrie Bradshaw House from Sex and the City. You can see her apartment and its famous front steps in Manhattan’s West Village.
Carrie Bradshaw, New York’s most fabulous single lady, lived in a $700 a month rent controlled apartment on the Upper East Side (245 E 73rd Street, between Park and Madison to be exact). Carrie’s iconic brownstone was the setting for many scenes on the show and where she sat looking out the window while writing her sex column. Even though it was supposed to be the Upper East Side, the building used for exterior and the famous front stoop of her apartment is actually in the West Village (was originally filmed at 64 Perry St in the first three series but moved over to the grander looking steps next door).
The brownstone used for filming the front steps of Carrie’s home is actually a huge 4000 square-foot, four floor home with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, six fireplaces and a backyard that was sold for a whopping $9.85 million in 2012 by an anonymous buyer.
Full of history, the tree-lined Perry St is on one of the most coveted streets in the heart of the West Village landmark district. Built in 1866, it was designed by architect Robert Mook, who built most of the other Italianate style townhouses on the block.
But who cares about architecture when it’s a bit of iconic TV history? In 2008, community residents won a campaign to stop “Sex And The City” tour buses from stopping at the home’s stoop. Fair enough. But even if you try to look it up on Google Maps it’s been conveniently blurred out. I wonder if that was part of the $9.85 million deal?
If you do end up having a wander down Perry Street, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that it’s not crawling with Manolo Blahnik wearing, Cosmo sipping, single ladies. It’s actually quite quiet. And you’ll be able to get that iconic photo to take as your Facebook profile. I did. Twice.
Carrie Bradshaw House 64 Perry St in Manhattan’s West Village