Actor Neil Patrick Harris and husband, David Burtka, have officially listed their beautiful Harlem brownstone for $7.3 million.
Located on 2036 Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th streets, the Italianate-style home was heavily renovated by the couple in 2016 by Los Angeles-based interior designer Trace Lehnhoff and New York award-winning architect Jeffrey Povero. The couple brought us into their home for an Architectural Digest profile in 2016.
“Those who know me realize I’m allergic to cookie-cutter, white-box homes,” Compass real estate broker Vickey Barron exclusively tells Forbes. “This home has tremendous soul. the results of the renovation are exceptional, and the couple’s taste transcends category.”
The single-family, 8,000-square-foot home was built in 1908 and has five bedrooms (which includes a library/den that can be converted into the fifth bedroom) and 6.5 bathrooms. The 20-foot-wide townhouse retains beautifully restored original woodwork, millwork and molding, plus soaring 12-foot ceilings.
The light-filled, five-story home was restored to be more conducive to a single-family residence and has quite a storied history. The building was once a bed and breakfast, speakeasy for millworkers and a music school for girls.
Upon entering the home, there is original dark-wood wainscoting and a spacious central hallway that leads to the heart of the home. The stunning kitchen features beautiful cabinetry, a generous island, shelving for books, as well as a connected 500-square-foot terrace through sliding glass doors. There are state-of-the-art appliances, like a Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer and two side-by-side Wolf ranges. The kitchen also has a wine refrigerator and oversized pantry.
The home’s centerpiece is no doubt the vintage bar, which was sourced from an old hotel and restored to include modern appliances and plumbing. The bar is an entertainer’s paradise, and has two running, built-in taps. The bar room features sumptuous velvet chairs, beautiful light fixtures and art, as well as one of the three gas fireplaces within the home.
There is also a music room; home theater; and a full basement with a gym, wine cellar and children’s playroom. The home features 2,000 square feet of outdoor space, which includes a garden, third-floor deck, outdoor Jacuzzi and rooftop deck with a pergola and barbecue. The home also has a butler’s pantry. The garden level was used by Harris as a production office as well.
Harris also installed a “hidden” office, which is located behind a trick door and opens by pressing the eyeball of a magician on a vintage poster. This secret room contains props, magic posters and original art from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.
It features the most advanced technology, including Lutron lighting and a Savant home automation system. Perfect for design enthusiasts, art lovers, entertainers and history buffs, this Harlem brownstone is truly one of a kind. Central Harlem is filled with history, and the brownstone is in proximity to culturally significant restaurants, shops and museums, including world-renowned Apollo Theater, the Studio Museum of Harlem and more.