Robert De Niro selling historic Village home

By Sarabeth Sanders | July 19, 2011 01:17PM

Robert De Niro and 14 Saint Luke’s Place

Actor and real estate investor Robert De Niro is looking to unload the
19th century townhouse at 14 Saint Luke’s Place that he’s owned for
the past three decades.

The five-story, 22-foot-wide property, which was home to poet Marianne
Moore during the 1920s, is on one of the West Village’s most storied
and coveted blocks, between Hudson Street and Seventh Avenue.

On the southern side of the street is James J. Walker Park,
incidentally the setting for the “Raging Bull” scene where De Niro’s
character, Jake LaMotta, first speaks to his future wife, played by
Cathy Moriarty. Opposite the park is a line of mansions that have housed a series of famous figures over the years: former New York City Mayor
Jimmy Walker, painters Paul Cadmus and Jared French and journalist
Linda Ellerbee, among them.

Four doors down from De Niro is the townhouse exterior that was used
as the Huxtable family’s residence on “The Cosby Show.” Another three
doors over from the Huxtable home was where Audrey Hepburn’s character
lived in “Wait Until Dark.”

De Niro’s home has five-bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, 12-foot ceilings on the parlor floor

and a private garden. It hit the market yesterday for $14 million and
is listed by De Niro’s son, Raphael, a managing director at Prudential
Douglas Elliman, who did not immediately return a call for comment.

City records show that De Niro, who developed Tribeca’s Greenwich Hotel and the Loft Residences at 116 Hudson Street, originally purchased the home in 1975, the same year he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in “The Godfather: Part II.”