In May, the Queen Anne-style townhouse said to have inspired the fictional Upper East Side home of “Harriet the Spy” hit the market for the first time in 70 years, asking $4.95 million. And in less than three months it’s already entered entered contract, reports Curbed.
Author Louise Fitzhugh lived on 85th Street, so it’s no surprise that this gorgeous 1880s property at 558 East 87th Street sparked her creative juices. Located on the corner of a quiet and leafy Yorkville block in the Henderson Place Historic District, the 3,000-square-foot stunner overlooks Gracie Mansion, Carl Schurz Park, and the East River, “the perfect setting to get into covert shenanigans, à la Harriet,” as 6sqft previously quipped.
Through the center-hall entrance is a main stairway with a skylight (there’s two more skylights on the top floor) and the sunny formal living room, which displays the home’s first set of built-ins and a fireplace. On the opposite side of the entryway is the formal dining room with its bay windows.
The eat-in kitchen (we love the old school, built-in banquet) has two pantries, one with a dual-zone wine cooler, which is connected to the dining room via an original dumbwaiter.
The four-story home offers five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.
Other features include the historic service hall that opens up to the street, a wrap-around garden and a private yard.
The home’s most recent owner was former Scientific America Editor Jonathan Piel; there’s no word yet on who scooped the house up or exactly how much they paid.
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