Linda Ellerbee, the Emmy-award-winning host of the beloved news show “NBC News Overnight” and “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee,” has just listed her longtime home at 17 Saint Luke’s Place in the West Village for $10.75 million.
Ellerbee has lived in the townhouse for nearly 40 years; she bought it in 1978, according to city records. Ellerbee tells LLNYC she went to tour the home after seeing it in the New York Times real estate listings section, which she was able to snag a few days early thanks to her connections at the paper. She couldn’t afford the home at it’s asking price, but lowballed the owners and was shocked and delighted when they accepted.
“I bought the house 30 minutes after touring it,” Ellerbee said, “It was like every movie I had ever seen growing up about what it was like to live in Greenwich Village in a brownstone.”
Ellerbee is selling the house because her children have moved away and she does not need the space. She and her partner, Rolfe Tessem, plan to spend their time in their homes in the Berkshires and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
According to the listing, with Ann Azzara of Douglas Elliman, the 3,024-square-foot home was built in the 1850’s and originally owned by the nearby Trinity Church. It has ceilings that range from 10 to 15 feet high, original wood burning fireplaces, amazing crown mouldings, and new additions like central air and a jacuzzi. The bottom floor is currently a separate apartment, though Ellerbee notes that it can easily be combined back into the main house.
“I believe myself to just be the caretaker of the house, I often thought about the people who would come after me,” Ellerbee said. “I loved living in it and now it’s time to turn it over.”
Ellerbee became the co-anchor of “Overnight” in 1982. After the show was canceled, she began her work on “Nick News,” where she was praised for her work reporting the news to children. She founded her own company, Lucky Duck Productions with Tessem in 1987.
She retired from the news business in 2015, with a final, hour-long retrospective of “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee” called “Hello, I Must Be Going!”