A forthcoming Facebook movie should further Sean Parker's reputation for enjoying coke-fueled parties with college coeds. Maybe the celeb-studded soirees he's been throwing at his $20 million Manhattan mansion, Bacchus House, will class up the Facebook co-founder's rep a bit.
Parker has been renting the three-floor, six-bedroom historic Bacchus House in Greenwich Village, at least as of the end of 2009. After going on the market for $21.5 million, the property was put up for rent for $45,000 a month. It's not clear if the Napster and Plaxo co-founder's been paying that much or if he negotiated a discount.
But it is clear Parker is maintaining the house's reputation as a big party hub. Owner Enrico Marone Cinzano, an Italian liquor heir, was known for having his Eurotrash guests greeted by models in nothing but their underwear.
Parker, meanwhile, raised $60,000 for malaria eradication at his birthday party there in December, with help from guests like actors Val Kilmer, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu and Gina Gershon; director Oliver Stone; DJ Mark Ronson; and, for better or worse, right-wing-nut Stephen Baldwin. Then there was the November shindig that attracted actor Hugh Grant and "armies of bubbly-imbibing young lovelies," in the words of Page Six.
The pad certainly seems well suited to entertaining. The 1883 carriage house has ample vertical space but is just 24-feet-wide, keeping the various rooms at once intimate and expansive. There are also outdoor terraces surrounded by other 19th-century mansions, so "It's like you're outside a little palazzo in Tuscany," as one real estate broker told the New York Observer. There's a coveted curb-accessible private garage — great for celebrity privacy. For the security-obsessed A-lister, there's even an internal safe-room plus bulletproof glass on the windows, according to one recent guest.
There's a condensed, one-minute video tour of the property in the first frame in the gallery below, via LX.TV's Open House NYC, which aired in the New York market a couple of years ago when Bacchus House was still up for sale. Below, you can find more pictures, along with an excerpt from The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin's forthcoming movie about Facebook.
The screenplay excerpt, provided with help from sometime Deadspin contributor mosesloaf, depicts Parker at a wild, coke-studded party near the Stanford campus during his days with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook. In another scene, he smokes a bong with some nubile young women. We presume the drugs and party scene is based on testimony and other accounts of Parker's hard-partying lifestyle several years back.
Now that Parker is trying to up his game — the Founders Fund partner reportedly just invested in innovative music service Spotify and may have even taken a board seat — it sounds like he's trying to take the socializing to a swankier place. And he's even enlisting his old company to help out: We're told hired help at his birthday party this past fall were instructed to memorize guest's names and faces using printouts of their Facebook profiles. That way, they could be greeted by name when they arrived.
Julia Allison, founder of the microcelbrity factory NonSociety, has been a guest and was duly impressed with the "classy" surroundings:
Sean Parker is a consummate host in the old school model of Hollywood. You walk into the house — it's ridiculous — and you feel like you've walked into another era. There's Sean in his three piece suit: 'Do you want a Scotch? Do you want a Brandy?' It is not the home of a 25 year old; it's covered in priceless art. Sean is very young but he has the taste of a curator.
There are no kegerators in this house. I've never seen Sean do drugs. Sean is not pretentious and it's important to emphasize that—I have dated and known people who would have a house like this to get laid.
Sean is faithful; he has a beautiful model girlfriend, and he wants to share his life with people, to have salons, to have the best and the brightest in his home. His parties aren't parties, they're gatherings.
Parker should hope his older friends, with longer and more distinguished tech track records, are similarly impressed.
Blueprints to Parker's Bacchus House.
The coveted curbside private garage.
A look into the garage, via the New York Times.
Garage, with allegedly bulletproof house windows above.
Shots from the master suite and indoor pool.
It's not clear whether Parker keeps more or less liquor than this near the fireplace. Or rather, near one of the fireplaces.
First page of a scene in Aaron Sorkin's Facebook movie The Social Network that places Parker at a sorority party with a young girl who does coke.
Second page of a scene in Aaron Sorkin's Facebook movie The Social Network that places Parker at a sorority party with a young girl who does coke.
Third page of a scene in Aaron Sorkin's Facebook movie The Social Network that places Parker at a sorority party with a young girl who does coke.
Fourth page of a scene in Aaron Sorkin's Facebook movie The Social Network that places Parker at a sorority party with a young girl who does coke.
Parker in another scene, smoking out with some young women.