The Real Cost Of 10 Iconic TV Show Apartments

Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
One of the world's greatest mysteries is how the hell Carrie Bradshaw could afford that gorgeous Upper East Side apartment (and many a Manolo Blahnik), on a freelance writing salary. Or, more importantly, how much is her home really worth?

Justine Lee-Mills and Sydney Blumstein aren’t just BFFs who love binge-watching TV shows, they’re also licensed real estate agents at The Corcoran Group who are more than familiar with the insanity that is the New York real estate market. To get to the bottom of what kind of price tags our favorite TV apartments would fetch today, the duo dished on which homes might go for less than imagined — and whose fictional penthouse just sold for many very real millions. (Hint: She might be one of Gossip Girl's favorite targets.)
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Who: Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
Where: 245 East 73rd Street (between Park and Madison avenues)

The Specs: It’s basically a Junior Four (four separate rooms), in the corner of a brownstone, with an unusual — yet very appealing — layout. And, though the Upper East Side is notoriously bad for public transport and known for strict co-op boards, Blumstein still considers Bradshaw's home to be a “dream apartment,” noting, “If I took any of my female clients to see the closet, they’d freak.”

The Scoop: The exterior shots of the apartment were filmed in front of a West Village brownstone at 66 Perry Street. It's part of the official Sex and the City bus tour and is reportedly roped off to avoid tourist invasion.

The Estimate: $1,000,000
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Who: Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld
Where: 129 West 81st Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues), 5A

The Specs: This large, one-bedroom home in an elevator building looks like a pretty normal 20-something apartment, even if it does have an open living space and two exposures. But, thanks to its location, Lee-Mills is convinced the cost wouldn't be too out of control. “On the Upper West Side you can still get a deal,” she says of the relatively reasonable area. (For New York, at least.)

The Scoop: Seinfeld may have been playing a fictional version of himself, but the location of the apartment was very real; he actually lived there when he first moved to New York to become a stand-up comedian (although the exterior shots of the apartment were strangely filmed in Los Angeles).

The Estimate: $550,000
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Who: Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
Where: Tribeca

The Specs: “Tribeca is known for much larger apartments, so one at this size is more rare,” Lee-Mills says of Lahiri's beautiful one-bedroom apartment — with good light, might we add — in a walk-up building. For a 30-something New York doctor, though, a home of this size (and its location) is relatively realistic, she adds.

The Scoop: According to production designer Michael Gallenberg, “There are probably some apartments in New York that are the size of that empty 10-by-10-foot foyer, but Mindy's apartment is intentionally oversized so that we can get cameras in there to shoot scenes without [having to] tear the set completely apart.”

The Estimate: $1,300,000
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Who: Liz Lemon, 30 Rock
Where: 160 Riverside Drive (at West 88th Street)

The Specs: The TGS with Tracy Jordan creator lives in a pretty basic one-bedroom apartment in a doorman and elevator building. But, it’s got good light and is on a quiet block near numerous subways, which any New Yorker in search of a home will admit are two highly-coveted assets. “It’s cozy, but not cramped,” Lee-Mills adds. “Plus, it’s across the street from Riverside Park, which increases quality of life tenfold.”

The Scoop: Multiple 30 Rock story lines revolve around living on the Upper West Side; in season 4, for example, Lemon launches a plan to kick out the resident above her once she learns her apartment is going condo.

The Estimate: $700,000
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Who: Don and Megan Draper, Mad Men
Where: 783 Park Avenue (at East 73rd Street), 17B

The Specs: There are four large bedrooms, a formal dining room, sunken living room, breakfast bar, and an extensive terrace space on the Upper East Side. The Draper pad may be off-the-charts in size, but we can't ignore the wall-to-wall white carpeting and soo '60s fireplace. If this came on the market as is, the price would most likely be knocked down a bit, because of its dated interior.

The Scoop: Set designer Claudette Didul allowed Don and Megan’s generational differences to play out in the décor: His love of clean lines is contrasted with her interest in brighter, more youthful colors. She pulled inspiration from two interior design tomes from the 1960s, and said that the brown 1964 Frigidaire in the couple’s kitchen was her favorite appliance in the whole show.

The Estimate: $8,000,000
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Who: Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl
Where: 1136 Fifth Avenue (at East 95th Street), PH

The Specs: Where else would Blair Waldorf call home than a gigantic Upper East Side penthouse duplex with marble floors, great light, and four bedrooms — plus crown molding, stately columns, and original detailing throughout. Lee-Mills says it definitely prices out on the higher end for this type of mansion in the sky, which totally makes sense for the old money (and rather showy) Waldorfs.

The Scoop: While the show wasn’t filmed on site at 1136 Fifth, Lee-Mills points out that the real-life penthouse apartment of the building sold for a whopping $35,000,000 ($5 million above asking price) this past summer.

The Estimate: $35,000,000
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Who: Hannah Horvath, Girls
Where: India Street, Brooklyn

The Specs: “It’s such a classic rental apartment,” Lee-Mills says of Horvath's two-bedroom apartment in a rundown pre-war Greenpoint building. “It feels true to where Hannah would be living, in terms of her budget, plus a bit of parental support.”

The Scoop: Hannah has a corner apartment, a feature that tends to boost the price of a home, especially in New York City. But, the reason many of these TV characters live in corner units is actually for filming, since it offers better, more stabilized light.

The Estimate: $750,000
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Who: Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, I Love Lucy
Where: 623 East 68th Street (between York Avenue and FDR Drive)

The Specs: Lucy and Ricky signed a 99-year lease (wow!) for their old-school one bedroom railroad apartment with a gigantic kitchen. “The location is so specific, people have to be really okay with being very far from the train,” Blumstein says, “I always imagined Ricky’s restaurant was nearby, so that wouldn’t have been a problem for them.” Otherwise, we imagine the family was in really good shape.

The Scoop: The fictional Ricardos paid a measly $125 per month in rent. We have no words.

The Estimate: $899,000
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Who: Monica Geller, Friends
Where: 90 Bedford Street (at Grove Street)

The Specs: Any two bedroom walk-up with an open kitchen, huge living area, and an outdoor space with an original wall of windows in the West Village is bound to end up in a bidding war, Blumstein says. And, though she admits it is her “favorite TV apartment,” she does note that most buyers would probably want to add a second bathroom (hey, if you have the space, right!?).

The Scoop: The apartment was filmed on a set with Central Perk just behind the bedrooms, and Monica’s secret junk closet led to the backstage area. The vintage fridge in the kitchen actually worked and was kept well-stocked with drinks for cast and crew.

The Estimate: $2,300,000
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Who: Will Truman and Grace Adler, Will and Grace
Where: 155 Riverside Drive (at West 88th Street)

The Specs: “This is just such an amazing apartment,” Lee-Mills gushes of the oh-so-big BFF-nest. The open floor plan boasts two large bedrooms, outdoor space, a separate office area, and a massive kitchen — and the decor is really something that could only be crafted by an interior designer.

The Scoop: This apartment is directly across the street from Liz Lemon’s. We would pay a serious amount (possibly even $1.8 million) to see her, Will, and Jack sharing a bottle of wine.

The Estimate: $1,800,000
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