maya angelou’s historic harlem estate has a new owner
the late activist’s turn-of- the century brownstone just found a new resident.
Published Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM
Per 6sqft, the four-story townhouse, nestled inside the Mt. Morris Park Historic District, sold for $4M.
The 6,500 square foot estate boasts five bedrooms, five baths, a formal dining room—with a cloud-painted ceiling—and a private backyard garden.
Originally built in 1909, the place underwent a gut renovation in 2004, right before Angelou moved in, adding modern amenities like an elevator, skylights, and proper basement.
However many of the home’s authentic architectural details still intact, including the parquet floors, crown moldings, curved banisters, and loads of wainscoting found throughout the space.
The third floor master suite features a tiled fireplace, bay-style windows and an oversized library that was custom built for professor/ poet Angelou.
There’s even a cozy, oak-covered kitchen—complete with a marble center island and fireplace—for cooking on the first floor of the spread.