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Here's What It Would Cost to Live in Homes from Classic NYC Films Today

By Shaye Weaver | July 20, 2017 12:30pm
 The apartment where Carrie Bradshaw lived in
The apartment where Carrie Bradshaw lived in "Sex and the City."
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MANHATTAN —The perfect apartment is hard to come by — unless you're Carrie Bradshaw.

But even the "Sex and the City" character might blush at what it would cost to rent in the Big Apple in 2017.

The real estate listing site ForRent.com recently compiled a list of apartments featured in classic movies and TV shows set in NYC, and the price of living in them today. 

'I think I died and went to real estate heaven!' 

Carrie Bradshaw's Upper East Side one-bedroom featured in the show was rent-stabilized, costing her only $700 a month to live at 245 E. 73rd St. — a steal, according to ForRent.com's list.

But some viewers don't know that the show actually used an apartment in the West Village at 66 Perry St. as a stand-in.

The 2017 rent for Carrie's apartment — located in a four-story, 4,100-square-foot townhouse with 10 rooms and six fireplaces — would cost $3,000 per month in today's dollars, the study found. (The building sold for $9.85 million in 2012.)

When Carrie moved with Mr. Big to pre-war penthouse at 1010 Fifth Ave., across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art at East 82nd Street, they would have paid a jaw-dropping sum for the princely digs, which actually included interior shots from another property on East 62nd Street.

The price for that Spanish-style, four-story walk-up would be $190,000 per month in 2017, with the building's purchase price anywhere from $40 to $50 million, according to ForRent.com.

Credit: ForRent.com

'I'll have what she's having."

The Greenwich Village home of Billy Crystal's character from the 1989 classic "When Harry Met Sally," located at 57 E. 11th St. between University Place and Broadway, would have gone for a mere $1,700 a month back then.

But the 11-story building, which was previously home to a sewing machine factory built in 1903, would cost $3,800 per month today.

In the 1980s, when the movie was filmed, many Downtown rentals were going for about $300, the study says.

Credit: ForRent.com

'I let him think I'm staying in the suite, not cleaning it.'

The "Maid in Manhattan" character played by Jennifer Lopez, who cleaned the fancy "Beresford Hotel" in the 2002 film, lived in The Bronx on East 175th Street, between the Grand Concourse and Jerome Avenue. The two-bedroom apartment she shared with her sons would cost roughly $1,300 a month in today's market.

However, her love interest's hotel suite at the fictional Beresford, which was filmed inside the Roosevelt and the Waldorf-Astoria hotels, would actually cost $12,000 per month in 2017, the study says.