Iconic Performer and Activist Lena Horne’s Poised Upper East Side Spread Hits the Market

At a premiere address on East 74th Street, a home with an illustrious past just listed. Legendary singer, dancer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne moved into the apartment in the early 1980s and lived there until she passed in 2010. Author and journalist Gail Lumet Buckley, Horne’s daughter, is now selling the classically sophisticated spread for $2.195 million.

Horne, whose life included such major moments as taking part in the 1963 March on Washington and winning Grammy and Tony awards, called this apartment her “dream space.” The trailblazing performer, in fact, combined two adjacent units to make it her ideal home.

The approximately 2,100-square-foot residence is inviting and fresh. Set on the fifth floor of a circa-1929 building, it has aged gracefully with its timeless design of generous built-ins, huge walls for art, and ample windows. Imagine cozying up by the fireplace on a chill New York City night or cooking with friends around the stunning kitchen’s island. With Central Park just moments away, the two-bedroom pad could even be an elegant pied-a-terre for jaunting to Manhattan to experience the city each season.

Serendipitous timing, this listing comes as a Broadway theater was just renamed after Lena Horne, making her the first Black woman to have a Broadway theater named for her. A special listing to be sure, it’s represented by Jonathon D. Schulz and Jason T. Miller of The Corcoran Group.