While it's the polar opposite of her famous character's home at 37 Maple Street in Stars Hollow, the real life apartment of Lorelai Gilmore — aka actor and author Lauren Graham — on Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village is a bright, sun-drenched and gleaming exercise in cozy minimalism. And for an actually somewhat accessible $825,000 (lo, for a one bed, one bath in New York!), it is now the real life home of one lucky Gilmore Girls (or Parenthood) fan.
6sqft reports that Graham has just sold and closed on her NYC "crash pad" at 24 Fifth Avenue, two blocks north of Washington Square Park, with the help of the agents at Douglas Elliman. The historic 15-story co-op building was designed by famed architect Emory Roth, and originally opened in 1926 as the Fifth Avenue Hotel.
Graham moved into unit 415 in 2014 — snagging the one bedroom, one bathroom, pied a terre property for $570,000 and quickly commencing on a full renovation and redesign (by Hollywood executive turned interior designer Eric Hughes). Graham and Hughes managed to retain the co-op unit's original pre-war "character and charm" while white-washing and modernizing it to maximize feelings of spaciousness in a only about 500 square feet.
The layout and flow are pretty perfect for a diminutive New York crash pad, though, with the living and entertaining areas completely separate from the bedroom and bathroom. If guests are invited over, just expect them to act French and never ask to pee. (Yes, that's still a thing.) Either way, it's a perfectly comfortable East Coast pied a terre for Graham and longtime boyfriend/Parenthood costar Peter Krause.
It's unclear if the decor actually belongs to the couple or if it's all just staging — though the original artwork in the bedroom does seem like it could belong to the Asian-culture-loving actor (who lived for a few years in Japan, and whose own mother grew up there), the minimalism seems uncharacteristic of Eric Hughes's style. Luckily, we can step into Graham's shoes for a "day in the real life" of the star (and NYU/Columbia undergrad's) favorite NYC 'hood thanks to this 2014 column the author penned for Grub Street.
Graham's third book, In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It — an advice guide for graduates that's no doubt a wittier, faster-talking alternative to What Color Is Your Parachute — just hit bookstore shelves early last month.