Ric Ocasek's five-story Gramercy townhouse, with cheetah-print carpet and a recording studio, for $13,900,000
Townhouse pick of the week

Ric Ocasek's five-story Gramercy townhouse, with cheetah-print carpet and a recording studio, for $13,900,000

Mimi headsht
By Mimi OConnor  |
September 24, 2019 - 9:00AM

The home of the music legend is pretty legendary itself.

Sotheby's International Realty 

Music lovers mourned last week when Ric Ocasek, the trailblazing, Hall of Fame-inductee and frontman of new wave band, The Cars, passed away. (Fans paid tribute to the rocker by leaving flowers, notes, and yes, small cars—we're not crying, you're crying—outside his Gramercy home.) 

That townhouse at 140 East 19th St. is actually for sale, for $13,900,000 and has been on the market since January. It was originally listed for $15,250,000. Ocasek bought the townhouse in 1989 for $2.5 million.

Located on a street with the historic moniker "Block Beautiful," the five-story, 23-and-a-half-foot-wide townhouse was built in 1850 and remodeled in 1919. The "bones" of the townhouse are stunning, and the interiors have a distinct edge suitable for a new wave rock star—most notably the wall-to-wall cheetah-print carpet in the living area. 

The living room features 20-foot high ceilings, and a wall of windows with southern exposure that leads to a garden. There's a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, and a mezzanine study overlooks the large space. 

The private garden is south-facing and nicely landscaped. 


The 5,760-square-foot townhouse has a sky-lit writing alcove, as well as a basement recording studio. 

The kitchen has a central island, white subway tile, and what looks to be a very nice range. 

It has five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms (the listing does not show any of the bathrooms). 

An elevator serves all floors of the townhouse. 


In addition to being on a lovely street, the townhouse is in the center of Gramercy, is near numerous parks (Gramercy, Union Square, etc.) and is well served by shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.



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Mimi OConnor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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