Fans of the 1977 film, “Saturday Night Fever,” can live in the home that served as its set. For $2.249 million, you can own the townhouse used as the set of the movie.
It no longer looks as it did in 1977 though. The seller, Julia Ashirova, added the third floor after purchasing the townhouse in 2005 and a fifth bedroom. Its exterior paint and style evoke the French countryside now with white as the major paint color and brown accents to match the porch pillars and roof.
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The Brooklyn borough home located at 221 79th St., Bay Ridge, NY, no longer resembles the film set on the interior either except for the dining room and fireplace, including its built-in woodwork. Its renovated square footage stands at 2,472 square feet offering five bedrooms and four bathrooms. By leaving the dining room in the place, the home retains its built-in china cabinets and floral wallpaper.
“They left the dining room alone,” Ben Bay Realty listing agent James Brocking told Realtor.com.
Brocking explained that the room served as the site of one of the film’s most well-known scenes, when John Travolta’s character Tony grabs a second pork chop, eliciting a head smack from the character’s father. Travolta’s line – “He hits my hair!” – went down history.
The kitchen offers granite countertops for food preparation, wood cabinets painted black, and stainless-steel appliances. It extends outside, with an outdoor kitchen ideal for spring and summer entertaining complete with a dining area and Jacuzzi. The area’s landscape includes fig and peach trees providing fresh fruit from the branch in season.
Listed with Ideal Properties Groups, the home’s real estate agents are Anthony Muratore and Wendy Jones. They conduct private showings of the home.
Visitors to the house are greeted in the chandeliered foyer with its built-in bench and wood staircase as well as the living room entryway. The formal dining room and its fireplace provide a cozy setting for dinnertime, especially in winter.
Its bedrooms feature cathedral ceilings with exposed beams. These typically also feature a ceiling fan. One bathroom boasts a black marble tub and a floating sink with beige walls.
Another outdoor space, its balcony is framed by a dark stone wall around the door, provides an ideal space for enjoying a sunny breakfast.
The home received recognition in 2010, for its use in film from the Library of Congress. The National Film Registry also added it to its list of historic movie locations.
In a market where the median housing cost sits at $724 per square foot, the modestly sized home garners a price of $1,010 per square foot due to its slightly larger size and its film fame. While six homes in Bay Ridge have sold for about $2 million, so when it does sell, it will break the record for Bay Ridge’s most expensive home. In June 2020, the home went up for auction but did not result in a sale. It now sits on the market with no bidding war necessary.
Photo credit: Ideal Properties Group