THERE’S a much desired added extra that comes with Uma Thurman’s glamorous New York pad — a key to the ultra private Gramercy Park.
The Pulp Fiction actor’s immaculate Lexington Ave apartment has just hit the Manhattan market for $6.25 million ($AUD8.27 million), and although it features all the celebrity bells and whistles, it is the coveted key that sets the listing apart.
Gramercy Park, which is both the name the of both a 8000sq m fenced-in private parkland and the collection of exclusive apartment blocks in the Gramercy Park Historic District.
One of just two private parks in New York City (the other is Sunnyside Gardens Park in Queens), only residents around the park who pay an annual fee have a key.
Unchanged for roughly eighty years, Gramercy Park was enclosed by a fence in 1833, but after major planting took place in 1844 the gates were locked. Now the general public can only get a glimpse of the private green space on Christmas Eve.
Owners of surrounding apartments can buy a key for a fee, which is reportedly $350 ($AUD$397) provided their building pays the annual $7500 ($AUD9925 million) charge.
Recently Ms Thurman described her attachment to the apartment in a New York Times article.
“It has a lot of sentimental value,” she said. “But my past will be somebody else’s future.”
The five-bedroom duplex is one of two units Ms Thurman has called home in One Lexington. Fifteen years ago she bought a three-bedroom apartment with then-husband Ethan Hawke, before trading up for a different three bedroom in the building in the years after their divorce.
She then renovated that apartment, which had set her back $2.65 million ($AUD3.51 million) at the time and then added another one-bedroom she purchased for $1.55 million ($AUD2.05 million).
The uber pad now features a grand entry gallery, an elegant staircase, a corner living room with a wood-burning fireplace, library, formal dining room and french doors opening out to a groovy dining terrace with views of Gramercy Park.
There is also an eat-in kitchen with marble and walnut benchtops and two master bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes, dressing areas and ensuites including one with a Turkish-inspired bath and marble steam room as well as 10-foot ceilings and oak herringbone floors.
Thurman and her two children with Hawke are reportedly making the permanent move to her 13-room River House apartment on the banks of the East River. She bought the dramatic digs from romance novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford back in 2013 for $10.3 million ($AUD13.63 million).