December 28, 2001 12:00 PM

Hardly anyone is immune from the tempestuous Manhattan real estate market, and that includes celebrity couple Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction”) and Ethan Hawke (“Training Day”). So far, reports the Wall Street Journal, they have had to deal with two fickle would-be buyers of their historic Greenwich Village townhouse. The first deal went up in smoke, the Journal reports, when an unnamed heiress — who was willing to pay the full (undisclosed) price — never closed on the deal, though Thurman and Hawke apparently had accepted her offer. Then along came Tony Soprano himself, actor James Gandolfini, 40, who went so far as to sign a contract for the house — only to change his mind, says the Journal, which reports there was a legal dispute over whether or not his deposit would be returned. No word on the outcome. Currently, the house — a four-story, 24-feet wide 1842 Greek Revival brownstone with an adjoining carriage house — is back on the market, and it can be yours for $3.6 million (the price before the Gandolfini deal went bust). Among the amenities are eight fireplaces, shutters and nearly floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the parlor. As for the whereabouts of Thurman and Hawke, both 30 and expecting their second baby any second now, they long ago settled in another part of the city.

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