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The Ransom Apartment

Jan 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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This past December while in New York I dragged my boyfriend out to stalk Mel Gibson and Rene Russo’s Upper East Side apartment building from the 1996 movie Ransom. I found this location in fave stalking book New York: The Movie Lover’s Guide. The apartment building is very beautiful in person, with ornate stone balconies, large windows overlooking Central Park, and a green slate roof. The building just screams “wealthy”, so it is easy to see why producers chose to use it as the residence of Mel’s mega-millionaire character in the movie. I actually haven’t seen Ransom in quite a few years and I can’t remember exactly what his building looked like in the film, so I can’t say if it looks the same now as it did twelve years ago when filming took place.

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But one thing I do remember from the movie is Mel’s huge stone balcony overlooking Central Park. The balcony was featured several times in Ransom, most memorably as the place Rene Russo runs to after Mel screams at the kidnappers “Give me back my son!” That balcony really exists on the top floor of the Ransom building and I can only imagine the views it must have! The balcony seems much smaller in person than I remember it being in the movie, but that is most likely because it is located so high up.

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The Ransom building was built in 1917 by C.P.H. Gilbert, an extremely popular New York architect during the early 1900’s. The boutique apartment building, designed in the Francois I style, was only the second upscale apartment building to ever be constructed on Fifth Avenue . The building, although huge, consists of only 12 different apartments, one on each of the building’s twelve floors. One is currently for sale at the bargain price of $12,950,000. :) You can sneak a peek inside of the building at the apartment’s real estate website. I’ve never considered myself at all voyeuristic, but I seriously can’t get enough of stuff like this. Open houses, real estate websites, vacation rental sites, etc. LOVE THEM! :)

Until next time, Happy Stalking! :)

Stalk It: The Ransom apartment is located at 1067 Fifth Avenue on New York’s Upper East Side. It is situated almost directly next door to the Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpiece the Guggenheim Museum, which is located at 1071 Fifth Avenue.

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  1. Kristina says:

    Thanks for posting this! We are doing some family tree research and my Great Grandparents lived at this building in 1929. Kind of cool to see that it was used in a movie! We got the address from their Petition for Citizenship papers.

  2. Ben says:

    Close, but not exactly.
    “Ransom” used the terrace at 1148 Fifth, not that one. I built it.

  3. Samantha says:

    Ooh. The bottom part looks more “projects” than “wealthy” to me. haha

    You should work in real estate. With your extensive knowledge, you could easily sell the SH*T out of those apartments, and if you wake up inspired by dishonesty you could always use elaborate iamnotastalker notes on an ordinary apartment.. SOLD.


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