Screenwriter of “Desperately Seeking Susan” lists Chelsea townhouse for $7M

Rosanna Arquette and Madonna in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and the home at 240 West 21st Street (credit: Orion Pictures)

Leora Barish, screenwriter of the beloved cult-classic film “Desperately Seeking Susan” and fellow screenwriter Henry Bean have listed their cheerful Chelsea townhouse at 240 West 21st Street for $7.1 million, according to StreetEasy records.

In addition to writing “Desperately Seeking Susan,” which came out in 1985 and helped launch Madonna to stardom, Barish has also worked on “Basic Instinct 2” and “Venus Rising.” Bean also worked on “Basic Instinct 2” and wrote 2001’s “The Believer,” starring Ryan Gosling. According to the local Hudson paper, “Register Star,” Barish purchased 20 acres of land in 2014 to launch a venture called “Heroic Food” that teaches military veterans about sustainable farming.

The 3,600-square-foot home she and Bean are selling has five bedrooms and three bathrooms. It has a garden and a spacious room on the ground floor that looks like it’s been converted into a yoga studio. Barish and Bean bought the home in 2003 for little more than $2.6 million.