harriet the spy

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

558 E. 87th St harriet the spys townhouse

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.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

558 E. 87th St harriet the spys townhouse

Retrace Harriet’s “spy route” and settle in with a tomato sandwich at this Queen Anne-style townhouse said to be the residence that inspired the fictional home featured in “Harriet the Spy,” the beloved book starring a precocious 11-year-old who spends her days documenting the moves of her friends and neighbors. According to The Post, the stunning 1880s property at 558 East 87th Street has just listed for $4.95 million, and it’s the first time in nearly 70 years that it’s been put up for sale. The rare Upper East Side gem is a corner construction, which gives it fantastic views of Gracie Mansion, Carl Schurz Park, and the East River—on top of excellent light from three exposures. And being situated on one of the leafiest and quietest blocks in the city, it’s the perfect setting to get into covert shenanigans, à la Harriet.

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