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Famed Composer's 2 $9M Home Breaks Striver's Row Record



A house on Harlem's Striver's Row—West 138th Street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell boulevards—has sold for over ask, setting a record for the historic block at $2,888,888. Halstead, which brokered the sale, reported the contract; the 3,900-square-foot home with private parking hit the market in April asking 2.45M. (The prior record stood at $2.4M.) Though the landmarked house at 221 West 138th Street needs some work, its provenance and original details probably helped it sell for so much. African-American composer and violinist Will Marion Cook lived there from 1918 to 1944, and the 1891-built, three-story structure retains original stained glass (even in a bathroom!), oak floors with chevron detailing, and six fireplaces with carved mantels.

It was an estate sale: the man who owned it, who paid just $1.5 million in 2011, passed away before ever getting the chance to live there, though he had the pipe dream of using it as a home, art gallery, and salon.

Friday, July 25, 2014