The home where jazz legend Billie Holiday may have sung in the shower has now been transformed into a huge, modern townhouse. It’s also available for $13,995,000.
“Lady Day” spent her days in apartment 1B when the Upper West Side building in New York City was divided into multiple units.
Holiday, born Eleanora Fagan, lived at this address until she died in 1959 at the age of 44. Her last album, “Lady in Satin,” was released just a year earlier.
“Legacy properties always have a certain allure and cachet, especially in New York City. And a legacy townhouse, especially one rooted in history with modern amenities, is always highly coveted,” says listing agent and celebrity broker Kelly Killoren Bensimon, of Douglas Elliman and “Real Housewives of New York City” fame.
Too Marvelous townhouse
The 20-foot-wide townhouse dates to 1910. It was last sold in 2017 for $9,475,000, after being featured on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” with agent Ryan Serhant.
Since then, the six-level townhouse a block from Central Park has undergone a major renovation, creating a light and bright townhome, which Bensimon notes is unusual for its size.
“The interiors are of the highest quality, with interior design by Fawn Galli and a full renovation by Amie Sachs, formerly of Annabelle Selldorf architects,” she says.
With 6,300 square feet of living space, including seven bedrooms and six full bathrooms, the townhouse features 10-to-12-foot ceilings and restored fireplace mantels.
The parlor level includes the entry (with majestic mahogany doors), living room, high-end kitchen, and grand dining room.
The 1,100-square-foot primary suite takes up the entire third level. It’s described as “a romantic, sophisticated, and functional space to relax and recharge.”
The remaining bedrooms are split between the fourth and fifth floors.
The two lower levels feature a media room with wallpaper designed by Lenny Kravitz and a full kitchen with garden access.
The basement has plenty of storage or playroom space as well as a climate-controlled wine room, a laundry area, and a half-bathroom.
While historic, the melodic space boasts modern amenities.
“The technology in the home is also next-level, with an entire-house humidification system and brand-new, multizoned central HVAC, as well as a commercial-grade Wi-Fi system and Cat6 internet network system,” Bensimon says.
In fact, a buyer may find the townhome is just “too marvelous for words.”
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