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We want more details on Paris' giant "pre-Civil War" townhouse on Netflix's "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"

By Virginia K. Smith | December 8, 2016 - 12:59PM 

For longtime fans of the show, there's an endless amount of material to parse in Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival, A Year in the Life. (The show's bizarre blind spots about race, as well as its absurd depictions of the journalism industry are just the tip of the iceberg.)

Real estate-wise, however, there's not much going on outside of Stars Hollow, as everyone still lives in pretty much the same places they did when the show left off ten years ago. Everyone, that is, except for Paris. Unsurprisingly, the biggest go-getter on the entire show also has the nicest house, Richard and Emily's Hartford mansion notwithstanding. While Rory sleeps with a married ex-boyfriend and crashes with various friends in lieu of actually paying rent, Paris, now a successful fertility doctor, lives in a five-story New York City mansion.

There's no indication what neighborhood it's in, but Paris doesn't seem like the type to buy into Brooklyn hype—our money would be on an area like Chelsea or the West Village.

But apparently the house has become more of a curse than a blessing, especially since Paris and her husband, Doyle, have become estranged. It has so many stories and stairs that it's exhausting to live in, and has led a series of nannies to throw in the towel.

"That's how we lost the kids' nanny, to these stairs," Paris tells Rory. "This place is a vertical Armageddon. Five stories. And Doyle wouldn't put in an elevator because it would ruin the architectural integirty of the building. He just loves telling people, 'It's prewar— pre-Civil War!' Like that wouldn't make Dorothy Parker barf."

Meanwhile, Doyle has moved out to a loft in Tribeca, which Paris bitterly points out is just one story, "and it has an elevator."

Paris and Doyle then get into a fight about asking the new nanny to take the kids out for dinner—a task that would involve her dealing with the stairs—and Rory steps in to offer her services instead. It seems like the least she can do, given that she crashes with Paris every time she's in New York. But even if it means giving up the historic architectural cred, we'd say Paris deserves to upgrade to a penthouse, no?


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