Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka sell Harlem townhouse listed for $7.3M

May 25, 2022

All photos courtesy of Will Ellis / DDreps

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka found a buyer this month for their five-story Harlem townhouse, which first hit the market last August for $7,325,000. As first reported by the New York Post, the home at 2036 Fifth Avenue is in contract for more than $7,100,000, likely setting a new record for a townhouse sale in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood. The home, constructed in 1908 as a bed-and-breakfast, measures 8,000 square feet and 20 feet wide.

The couple paid nearly $4,000,000 for the turn-of-the-century home in 2013 and completed a 14-month renovation by interior designer Trace Lehnhoff in collaboration with architecture firm Povero & Compan to reconfigure the rooms into a single-family home, as Harris and Burtka told Architectural Digest in 2016.

According to the Post, the property was first listed last August but pulled from the market after a storm caused water damage.

On the parlor floor, you’ll find 12-foot ceilings, original dark-wood wainscoting, and a gas fireplace. One end holds a music room and the other, a restored vintage bar sourced from an old bar and an adjacent butler’s pantry. Double doors lead to a terraced garden, the first of four outdoor spaces at the home.

The sprawling living room, dining room, and chef’s kitchen are all on the third floor, as well as floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to a deck.

The primary bedroom suite boasts lots of closet space, a gas fireplace, a marble-adorned bathroom with a double vanity, and a private deck with a jacuzzi.

Three additional bedrooms, a laundry room, and Harris’ “hidden office” can be found on the top floor, as 6sqft previously noted. According to Architectural Digest, the room is located behind a trick door that opens when the “eyeball of a magician on a vintage poster is pressed.”

At its crown, the home features a rooftop with a wood pergola, an irrigation system, and an al fresco-ready area with plenty of space for a big dining table and a built-in gas grill.

The couple used the garden level as a production office and a 10-seat home theater. Below that, there is a rec room, wine cellar, gym, and storage space.

If the townhouse brought in near the asking price as reported, it likely is a new record in the neighborhood. Just last month, a home at 32 Mount Morris Park sold for $6.4 million, setting the townhouse record for Harlem, as The  Real Deal reported.

[Listing details: 2036 5th Avenue at CityRealty]

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