American actor, singer, comedian, writer, producer, and television host Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka – actor and a professional chef – just listed their 8,000-square-foot, five-story home located at 2036 Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th streets in Harlem for $7,325,000 with Vickey Barron and Pacey Barron of Compass.
Built in 1908, the Italianate-style house features four bedrooms and a library/den that could be converted into a fifth bedroom. There are four full baths and two half-baths. The home boasts nearly 2,000 square feet of private outdoor space including a terraced rear garden, a third-floor deck, an outdoor Jacuzzi off the primary bedroom suite, and an irrigated roof deck with a pergola and barbecue.
The home’s parlor floor features soaring 12’ ceilings, original dark-wood wainscoting, and a central hallway that leads to the back parlor lounge outfitted with one of three gas fireplaces.
There is a vintage bar that was sourced from an old hotel and restored with new appliances, plumbing, and electrical including two running, built-in taps.
The beautifully restored wood staircase leads up to a loft-like living and dining area. There is a kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry, a massive island countertop with a farmhouse sink, two side-by-side 6-burner Wolf ranges, a Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, separate beverage refrigerator, wine refrigerator, and an oversized pantry.
On the third floor is a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining area, a large kitchen equipped with a pantry, custom cabinets, and Caesarstone countertops with a marble backsplash. Beyond the kitchen is a deck with a built-in gas barbecue. Other rooms include a music room, home theater, laundry room, and full basement with a gym, wine cellar, and a playroom for Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s 10-year-old twins Gideon and Harper.
On the top floor and hidden behind a trick door is Neil Patrick Harris’ office. It opens by pressing the eyeball of a magician on a vintage poster, according to a 2015 profile of the brownstone by Architectural Digest. The secret room contains original art from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, more magic posters, and props.
L.A.-based interior designer Trace Lehnhoff was tapped to renovate the property in collaboration with New York architect Jeffery Povero, which was memorably documented in Architecture Digest in 2016 and in 2019 for a holiday tour.
The storied building serving as a bed-and-breakfast, speakeasy for millworkers, and music schools for girls. Most architectural changes in the renovation had to do with creating a single-family flow to the interiors.