Jennifer Gould

Jennifer Gould

Celebrity Real Estate

It didn’t take long for Ethan Hawke’s former NYC townhouse to find its next owner

That only took a New York minute!

Ethan Hawke’s former Chelsea townhouse is in contract — after just one month on the market, as Gimme Shelter revealed exclusively. All of the bidders were locals, we hear. The final sale price, however, as well as the identity of the new owners aren’t yet known.

The charming red-brick residence, at 353 W. 21st St., was asking $5.98 million.

The listing brokers, Daniel Nassi and Alana Normile of Brown Harris Stevens, showed the property for two weeks and had more than 20 showings. They received multiple bids and went into a “best and final scenario,” Nassi said.

Ethan Hawke. Getty Images
The open kitchen with its retro red fridge and mustard yellow cabinetry hasn’t changed since Hawke’s time in the townhouse. Richard Caplan
The four-story home is in a landmarked district. Richard Caplan
The residence comes with charming outdoor space. Richard Caplan

“All the offers were cash and they all came in above ask — and all of the bidders were from New York, with a few of them currently living in Chelsea,” Nassi added.

Manhattan townhouses spend an average of 164 days on the market before entering into contract, Brown Harris Stevens’ chief economist Greg Heym told Gimme Shelter. 

Hawke bought the four-story home, which is in a landmarked district, for $3 million in 2005 — the year Hawke and Uma Thurman finalized their divorce. The actors share two children together, Maya and Levon. 

Casement windows overlook an enchanting garden. Richard Caplan

Hawke remarried Ryan Shawhughes in 2008 and they have two children together, Clementine and Indiana. 

But Hawke had famously lived in the neighborhood — at the historic Chelsea Hotel — long before he bought the townhouse.

Earlier this month, Hawke and his eldest daughter, Maya, attended a screening at the Angelika Film Center for their first joint film project, “Wildcat.” The film, which Hawke directed and co-wrote, stars Maya as the legendary writer Flannery O’Connor. It’s set in the 1940s and ’50s when a young O’Connor was struggling to get her first novel published.  

A colorful home office. Richard Caplan
Built-in bookcases and a piano create a cozy shared space. Richard Caplan
Design perks also include painted brick. Richard Caplan

The seller bought the home from Hawke in 2013 — and kept many of Hawke’s design choices, including a retro red fridge and mustard-yellow cabinetry in the eat-in chef’s kitchen. 

At 21 feet wide, the 3,600-square-foot property comes with six bedrooms, 4½ baths and lots of built-ins — including a wall of bookcases and, separately, a cozy red banquette.

Opening on the parlor level, the home features a great room with a gas fireplace. Pocket doors with translucent green glass panels separate the living area from the hall stairs, while a dining area features casement windows overlooking the backyard.

The home is replete with charm. Richard Caplan
A brick fireplace in the main bedroom. Richard Caplan

The main bedroom suite takes up the entire third floor, and features a gas fireplace, a walk-in closet, an ensuite spa-like bath and a planted terrace with a retractable awning.

Additional bedrooms are on the second floor. In addition, the ground floor comes with its own entrance and can work as a separate two-bedroom unit.

The unfinished basement is open to interpretation, while the backyard comes with an irrigated watering system and a sunken patio.