Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Set Record for Most Expensive Townhouse Sold in Harlem
Neil Patrick Harris, best known for his role in How I Met Your Mother, and his husband David Burtka have found a buyer for their Harlem brownstone. Originally listed last August for $7.325 million, the NY Post reports it was pulled off the market after some storm damage. That only seems to have mounted buyer anticipation for the property as its sale just set the record for the most expensive townhouse sold in Harlem. While the final amount has yet to be confirmed, sources told the Post it was sold for more than $7.1 million.
The circa-1908 home has lived many lives, formerly a speakeasy and music school for girls. Most recently, it was a bed and breakfast, which is how the couple purchased it in 2013 (for $3.6 million) before transforming it into their personal residence. While the entrance is a reminder of the home’s history with beautiful millwork and the structure’s original staircase, sensibilities of the East and West Coasts were melded in the renovation. Tapping LA-based interior designer Trace Lehnhoff and NY-based architect Jeffery Povero, the home received an artistic makeover while keeping true to its roots.
The 8,000-square-foot brownstone spans five floors of vibrant artwork and decor as well as eye-catching antiques. Fun fact: The vintage bar in one of the sitting rooms was sourced from an old hotel. The townhouse also holds five bedrooms and six bathrooms, which certainly afforded the couple enough room for their twins, Harper and Gideon, and their three dogs.
If everything has gone to plan, Harris and his family are moving on to spend more time in East Hampton. The new owner inherits the eclectic Harlem beauty with a roof deck, garden, and more.
Vickey Barron of Compass held the record-breaking listing.