Star’s Brownstone Sets New Record in Historic Harlem
Neil Patrick Harris landed his first starring role as the eponymous teenage doctor prodigy in “Doogie Howser MD” and has been a fan favorite ever since. His many credits include film, television and Broadway, as well as hosting the Tonys (for which he won an Emmy) and Oscars.
On the set of the popular sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’, in which he played womanizer Barney Stinson, Mr Harris fell in love with guest star David Burtka, tricking him into coming out of the closet in a people magazine. interview in 2006. Five years later, the couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Italy capped off with a performance by their good friend Elton John. The couple stayed in Los Angeles until the end of “How I Met Your Mother,” then in 2013 moved with their twin sons, Harper and Gideon, to a gorgeous five-story brownstone in Harlem in 2013. residence just sold for $7.1 million, setting a new record price for the historic district.
Completely remodeled by interior designer Trace Lehnhoff and award-winning architect Jeffery Povero, the five-bedroom Harris Burtka townhouse is huge and unique with 8,000 square feet, six bathrooms, 12-foot ceilings, bright spaces, original woodwork and appliances of the line. Mr. Burtka is a professional chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu, and the mansion’s kitchen does not disappoint with its huge island counter and farmhouse sink, two six-burner Wolf ranges, Sub Zero fridge/freezer, gas fridge separate drinks, wine fridge, and oversized pantry. Beautiful glass doors open onto an outdoor terrace with built-in grill and city views for intimate gatherings, while the larger roof terrace, also with a built-in grill, has room for guests under the sun. shadow of a wooden pergola. A vintage bar taken from an old hotel and updated with new plumbing and fixtures provides a distinctive place for entertaining.
Mr. Harris has left his personal touch in the home’s top-floor office, which opens through a secret door when a magician’s eyeball on a vintage poster is pressed. The house is complemented by a terraced garden that offers a chance to connect with nature in the middle of the city, a 10-seat theater, a games room, a wine cellar, a workshop and a gym.
Vickey Barron of Compass in New York had the list of houses. ¦