It’s Free to Look: 407 East 75th Street

If you find yourself pausing for a moment and posing on the stairway, this must be legendary photographer Richard Avedon’s former townhouse.

The man who defined American chic for the last half-century lived on the decidedly un-chic Upper East Side for more than 30 years. However, his home and studio was as sleek as a black-and-white photo with just a touch of pretense. Elizabeth Taylor and Truman Capote gained admission by being fabulous. Now all you need is $11.95 million to spare.

Thanks to a recent re-do by current owner Olivier Sarkozy, half-brother of Nicolas, the living area has glass walls overlooking a multi-level Zen garden. If you feel the creative urge there’s still an old-school darkroom downstairs, plus an atrium with "ambient light" to display your masterpieces, according to the listing. — Laura Kusisto

 

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