Harry Houdini's New York Townhouse Hits the Market
One of New York City's most magical residences is officially on the market: As Curbed reports, the four-story Harlem brownstone that once belonged to legendary showman Harry Houdini and his wife, Bess, can be yours for $4.6 million.
Listed by Douglas Elliman, the 18th-century townhouse—where Houdini lived for 22 years, before his death in 1926—is located on 278 West 113 Street. It's been converted into a three-family home, and includes an owner's duplex on the first two floors, a one-bedroom apartment on the third, and a two-bedroom apartment on the fourth
The Houdini family purchased the home in 1904, for $25,000—a steep price for the time period. According to legend, the abode was once designed to delight and stymie guests, with a special sound system that allowed Houdini to play mind-reading tricks on visitors and an illusory front door that opened from the hinge side when its handle was turned. Houdini is said to have also practiced his famous underwater stunts in a bathroom with a large, sunken tub and a mirrored wall.
After Houdini's death, neighbors across the street bought the house. It's changed owners a handful of times since, the last being in 1991. According to the brownstone's current owner, Fred Thomas, the abode is popular among sightseers, who often take pictures of its exterior.
If the lure of living in a legendary magician's home outweighs the cons of it being a local tourist attraction, you can read the full listing, or check out some photos below.