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Rare New York City Family Home Hits The Market For $17.5 Million

This stunning Renaissance Revival townhouse is a rare fine: a multilevel 5600 square foot home with a garden, just steps from Manhattan’s finest museums and Central Park.

 

Originally purchased by Bruno Richter in 1890 for $34,000 (or just over $1 million in 2022 dollars), the Richter family resided in the home until 1924. While it has since been magnificently renovated and maintained, it has always remained a single family home.

 

Interestingly, shortly before purchasing the home, Richter hired an Austrian immigrant, Erich Weiss, as an assistant lining cutter in his factory, who entertained co-workers at lunch with his magic tricks. The man later changed his professional name to Harry Houdini.

 

The home boasts over 13 rooms spanning five floors. Dripping with historic details including original mantels, woodwork and soaring ceilings, upgrades and renovations include a new security system, roof, central air and a completely redesigned and reimagined garden.

 

With consideration of grand yet modernized and convenient living, the chef’s kitchen opens directly to the back garden. A dramatic reception room, living room and dining room comprise the elegant parlor floor. The primary floor-through suite is charming, private and refined with garden views. The home is for sale, offered by Brian Lewis of Compass for $17,500,000.

 

 

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