“Mary Tyler Moore's TV Home”
The “Mary Tyler Moore Show” aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977, a forerunner for bringing some of society’s issues into American homes in an easy to digest comedic script. Mary played the lead as Mary Richards, a 30-year-old single woman whose top priority was not getting married, but establishing a career and getting the most out of her single lifestyle.
Viewers remember the early 1900’s Victorian house in the opening title sequence where Mary was renting an upstairs apartment. “Entertainment Weekly” called it “TV’s most famous bachelorette pad.” Even though the house was given a fictitious address in the series, fans figured out the real address and it became a tourist destination with 30 tour buses a day long after the program ended. Fans were constantly knocking on the door looking for “Mary” and drove the woman who lived there to distraction. She finally hung a sign under Mary’s supposed apartment window that read “Impeach Nixon.” It didn’t work as intended and the house continued to draw as many onlookers as before.The home has been perfectly restored and updated. Within its 9,500 square feet are seven bedrooms, nine baths, multiple terraces and upper level decks, two family rooms, turret office, gym and sauna. Many Victorian features remain such as leaded-glass transoms, bayed rooms and ornate millwork. The lot is a third of an acre with a three-car garage with its own turret.
Only the exterior of the stone mansion was used in the show, while Mary's actual apartment was a Hollywood set. It was meant to be behind the Palladian windows on the home’s third story. In real life, that space is a family room with a gas fireplace, built-ins and a beautiful view of the tree-lined street.
“Love is All Around” this Minneapolis house used for exterior shots on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Previously listed at $2.895 million the price has been reduced to $1.695 million. Listing agents are Barry Berg and Chad Larsen with Berg Larsen Group of Coldwell Banker Burnet Real Estate.
“Mackenzie-Childs' New York Ferry Home”
Yankee Ferry is one of America’s most unusual homes. A rare combination of maritime history and the unique whimsical style that the celebrated design duo of Richard and Victoria Mackenzie-Childs combined in their floating home over the last 15 years.
Built in 1907 in Philadelphia as Dida, Yankee Ferry is the oldest existing Ellis Island Ferry, now the home of Richard and Victoria Mackenzie-Childs. Measuring in at 147 feet in length, a 29-foot beam and eight-foot draft with a steel hull, the ship encompasses several levels including the engine/utility room housing a General Motors V12 engine and bedroom (former crew quarters) on the lowest level and the first deck with the original hold used as a workroom/creative space leading to the living quarters. The second deck houses a ballroom with a stage and an innovative banquet table suspended by rope that can be raised or lowered depending on the type of function held. The wheelhouse has been converted into private guest quarters with its own galley.
The passenger steamer started life as a ferry between Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay Islands until 1913. It was then sold to a Boston steamship line and sailed between Boston, Nahant and Pines Islands. At the beginning of World War I, it was commissioned by the Navy to transport men and supplies between Boston and the Bumpkin Island Training Station. After the war, it was decommissioned and ferried immigrants from Ellis Island until 1929. After that, it escorted sightseers around the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty. Once again, war called and it served in World War II. In 1983, the ship laid up in Connecticut and Rhode Island until 1990 when it was purchased by Jim Gallagher who moved it to Manhattan’s Tribeca Harbor and began restoration work. Gallagher sold the boat to Mackenzie-Childs in 2003.
Richard and Victoria founded Mackenzie-Childs in 1983 in their Aurora, New York farm house and soon became world famous for their colorful and expensive furniture and dinnerware creations. After leaving the company in 2001, the couple purchased Yankee Ferry and began transforming the aging ship with all the color and fantasy of their bold and fanciful style, patterns, colors and imagination. The couple’s unique artistic designs (their work can sell for as much as $30,000 and higher) evoke joy and warmth from bulkhead to bulkhead.
Located at the Henry Street Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Yankee Ferry is now for sale at $1.25 million. The new owner will have multiple options for use from continuing to make it their houseboat with plenty of space to entertain their guests, an event venue, an art gallery or music school with auditorium and stage, or even moved to land. The listing broker is Michael R. Franklin of Franklin Ruttan Unique Property Specialists in New York.
“Jane Fonda's Beverly Hills Contemporary”
Two-time Oscar winner and actress extraordinaire, Jane Fonda is one of those rare versatile people who thrives and excels in all situations whether it be in the diverse homes she chooses or the roles she plays in film or in her personal life. From Vogue cover model, dance teacher, acclaimed Hollywood and Broadway actress and war protester to selling over 17 million exercise videos at age 79, Fonda shows no signs of slowing down. Jane has continued to make films and is currently co-starring with Lily Tomlin in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”
Jane has owned and lived in many beautiful homes over the years from her New Mexico ranch where she lived in jeans and cowboy boots to her sleek and sophisticated Beverly Hills home in the Trousdale Estates which she has recently put on the market at $12.995 million.
Purchased in 2012 with long-time partner Richard Perry from TV director John Rich, Fonda said that she and Perry had looked at as many as 30 houses, but the moment she stepped onto this property, she knew it was the special one. In addition to the home’s open layout and connection with the outdoors and stunning views, Fonda, having always been highly eco-conscious, was impressed with the photovoltaic electric panels, solar-heated pool, thermal glass double-glazed UV windows and bamboo floors.
The 7,100-square-foot home’s glass walls and elevator and multiple covered and open terraces create indoor/outdoor living spaces to enjoy sweeping canyon and ocean views. Though very sophisticated in its contemporary design, the home is warm and inviting with multiple spaces for entertaining. The residence includes the main level with its dining and living rooms, butler’s pantry and bar, office, and large chef’s kitchen with adjoining family room that opens to a terrace. The first floor houses the media room with a full bar, cork floors and a gym opening out to a pool terrace. The master suite includes large walk-in closets and his-and-her baths with steam shower, soaking tub and heated floors. In addition to the outdoor viewing pavilion with fire pit, there is yet another special place - the meditation garden. Listing agents are Jade Mills and Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker Previews International.
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