“Salt” director moves out of duplex with outdoor living room

By Candace Taylor | October 26, 2010 06:00PM

255 Hudson Street

“Salt” director Phillip Noyce spent his childhood in the Australian outback, and he’s apparently retained a love of the great outdoors.

For the past year and a half, the Australian director has been renting a Soho duplex with a mammoth 2,300-square-foot landscaped garden, including an “outdoor living room.”

Noyce recently vacated the 255 Hudson Street home, said Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Robin Bowden, who is listing the property for sale at $4.25 million. She said the 2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom condominium was on the market while the “Clear and Present Danger” director was in residence, but showings were hard to arrange with a tenant in place. Now that the home is empty, it will be easier for potential buyers to view, she said.

The kitchen at 255 Hudson Street

Much of “Salt” — a spy thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber — was filmed in New York City and Long Island. During the shooting, Jolie and husband Brad Pitt reportedly rented Long Island’s 48-acre waterfront “Sassafras” estate for their brood of six children.

The owners of Noyce’s erstwhile home, advertising executive Neil Powell and his wife Rachael, purchased the three-bedroom apartment for $3.26 million in 2006, according to public records. Located between Canal and Spring streets, it’s now listed for $4.25 million, down from its original price of $5.75 million.

Neil is the former chief creative officer of Margeottes Fertitta Powell, and in 2009 was hired by London’s Beattie McGuinness Bungay, which opened a New York City office. In 2007, the modern-day ‘Mad Man’ became embroiled in controversy as head of the now-defunct agency We Are Gigantic, when another New York agency, Gigantic, sued for trademark infringement and won, according to Adweek.

Outdoor shower at 255 Hudson Street

A full-service condo, 255 Hudson Street has several duplex “townhouses” with large gardens. Powell designed the garden of his unit to have a “living room”-like feel, Bowden said, with chairs and couches, a dining room table, speakers, lighting and even WiFi. The garden also has an outdoor shower.

The furniture is designed for outdoor use, she said. A black-and-white striped awning designed to withstand the elements also provides shelter, she said. A post-and-beam pergola shades the outdoor dining area, which has seating for 12, the listing says.

“It’s very unusual,” Bowden said. “I don’t know of any other garden that big downtown.”

The Powells declined to comment.