Taylor Swift’s “Cornelia Street” inspiration for sale
Pop star briefly rented New York City townhouse in 2016
Taylor Swift may never walk Cornelia Street again, but a wealthy buyer could if they have a pittance of the pop star’s wealth.
The home Swift famously rented at 23 Cornelia Street in Manhattan’s West Village is for sale with an initial asking price of $18 million, the Wall Street Journal reported. Swift doesn’t own the home and the identity of the seller is unknown, other than that she is an Italian investor.
Built in 1970, the townhouse is 21 feet wide and spans 5,400 square feet. There are four bedrooms, five bathrooms, two powder rooms, an eat-in kitchen, an indoor pool, three gas fireplaces and hardwood floors.
To some, however, the most important detail is the connection to Swift. She rented the home for $38,000 a month in 2016 while work was being done on her pad in Tribeca. Swift would go on to release “Cornelia Street” on her 2019 album “Lover,” long viewed as a love song for her then-beau, Joe Alwyn.
In recent months, however, Swift and Alwyn have split. Meanwhile, from music releases to her vaunted Eras Tour, Swift has been in the news constantly, a likely boon to the Cornelia Street homeseller, who has said the song helped increase the value of the property.
The Swift connection may not be enough to motivate a seller, according to brokers who spoke to Curbed regarding the listing. It may even detract from those worrying about an onslaught of Swifties taking snaps of the home on any given day.
The home, recently used as a showroom for Italian furniture company Zanotta, was available to rent for $45,000 as recently as the fall. The seller is open to renting the property again; she purchased it in 2019 for $11.5 million, though it was owned by Soho House executive David Aldea when Swift was around.
Corcoran’s Laurence Carty holds the listing, along with colleagues Irene Lo and Jennifer Rahilly.
Swift is still riding high in the midst of her tour, which is set to continue rolling across the country through the end of the summer. On Friday, she released a deluxe edition of her most recent record, “Midnights,” featuring a remixed track with Ice Spice and a version of a song featuring more Lana Del Rey than the original.
Even if Swift never ever ever gets back together with the Cornelia Street townhouse, she still has a real estate portfolio made up of anyone’s wildest dreams. The residential portfolio, spanning more than $150 million in the United States, includes homes in Beverly Hills, Nashville and Rhode Island.
— Holden Walter-Warner