We all know Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green from NBC’s '90s hit sitcom Friends. What you might not know, however, is that long before taking the iconic role, she was living out her character’s life.
Aniston spent much of her formative years a mere three blocks away from the original set of the Friends’ apartment exterior. The home belonged to her best friend Andrea Bendewald's family, and for the first time in about 100 years, the West Village brownstone is listed for $10.95 million.
Located at 526 Hudson St., this 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom townhouse consists of 14 different rooms, reaching a total of 5,296 square feet. The listing is managed by Leslie J. Garfield, and Aniston remembers it well.
“I grew up on the Upper West Side, which was great! But honestly, my favorite memories are of the West Village at 526 Hudson St.,” Aniston said in a statement. “There was so much character in that house. It was a museum. Stunning! There was this gorgeous private backyard and just being in the Village, where all the artists lived, was amazing. I love that brownstone so much. It will always have a special place in my heart.”
Opened up to beautiful views of the quaint New York City neighborhood and insulated with wood-burning fireplaces – a rarity for city apartments - the home offers a balance of busy city life with the privacy and intimacy of a house in the suburbs.
Other amenities of the multipurpose apartment include an underground wine cellar, grand ceiling height, plentiful sunlight, multi-level outdoor spaces, a garden terrace and fully-functional well-appointed apartments.
Don’t let the interior modernity fool you – this home has a history dating back to the 1800s, accentuated in subtle nods to its roots throughout. Fused with an elegant ambiance, the decorated actress’s carefully maintained childhood home presents itself with endless possibilities. The charming brownstone evokes an escape from the real world and is now your empty canvas.
Learn more and see pictures of the townhouse via listing.
Photography by: Andrea Bendewald