Elaine’s ‘Seinfeld’ Apartment Is Actually in Chelsea—and Has a Seriously Dreamy Backyard

updated Oct 14, 2019
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A nostalgic piece of real estate that has ties to one of the most popular TV series from the ‘90s recently hit the market, and for fans of Seinfeld, it likely checks all the boxes for a dream home.  The New York City townhouse located at 408 West 20 Street— famously known as Elaine Benes’ apartment—is represented by Sotheby’s International Realty with an asking price of $8.65 million. 

The red-bricked façade of the posh Chelsea townhouse is a familiar sight to many viewers of the sitcom, which starred Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Jason Alexander as George Costanza and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss as Elaine.  

Behind the exterior view lies an elegant 4,730-square-foot interior comprised of 6 bedrooms and 6 baths, two of which are partial. The home has five floors, as well as an 850-square-foot lower level that’s fully finished. Throughout the palatial space are various eye-catching design details, including high ceilings with hand-carved moldings, floor-to-ceiling period windows and mahogany doors with original hardware.

The parlor level features a pair of black and gold Italian marble fireplaces, and also grants beautiful views of the home’s south-facing garden. The garden level houses the dining room, an impressive, fully-outfitted chef’s kitchen and a family room, which also has its own marble fireplace.

The top three levels currently serve as bedroom floors.  The generous space also holds four additional fireplaces. Outside, the home’s beauty is accentuated by fountain with pond and a gorgeous garden. 

Drawn in by the townhome’s undeniable character, the original owners Harry Azorin and Lori Monson purchased the historic residence in 1995 for $950,000.  

“We grabbed the house even though it needed work with some of the structure because it just felt right,” Monson told The Wall Street Journal. “The house has a soul.”

Mark Thomas Amadei and Jonathan Hettinger hold the listing with Sotheby’s International Realty.