The Langston Hughes House is back on the market

Langston Hughes house at 20 East 127th on Nati...

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Over the years we have been following the troubled tale of the former home of poet, Langston Hughes. We thought its conversion to a performance space and cultural center was the end of the story, but that was short lived. Since then, the house has gone on and off the real estate market. It sits in quiet dignity hidden behind vines of creeping ivy on a aged block in East Harlem. Read an excerpt from The New York Times, City Room section.

Uptown in East Harlem, the former home of the poet and writer Langston Hughes, which has been on and off the market, is on again.

The town house, at 20 East 127th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, is listed at $1 million. That’s a rock-bottom price for a five-bedroom four-bath home in Manhattan. But as the listing says, “Bring your architect and contractors!”

Built in 1869, this is a serious fixer-upper.

Still, says the listing agent, Michael Pellegrino of Sotheby’s International Realty: “It’s almost a no-brainer. Five years down the road the house would be worth twice as much.”

New York Times


3 thoughts on “The Langston Hughes House is back on the market

  1. Gosh, that’s a shame. How did the house get that bad? I had friends who lived in the basement of the house, back in the 80’s. Langston’s sheet music was still in the seat of his piano, in the parlor, and the roses were still blooming. The house was beautiful! It’s sad that the owner let its condition go. I won’t go into detail, other than emotion overruled logic. Langston must be turning in his grave.

  2. That is a lot of money for a house that requires a complete renovation. Nothing in Harlem, in similar condition, is selling for this price.

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