A seven-bedroom townhouse owned by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Sondheim that went on the market in July sold for $7 million. The name of the buyer is not known, but it is known that he is a fan of the master’s work. He plans to use the house as his primary residence.
The composer of the music for “Sweeney Todd” and “Dick Tracy” bought a townhouse in Turtle Bay around 1960, after writing the lyrics for the Broadway musical “West Side Story.” From 1960 to 1973, the musician rented out the top three floors to pay his mortgage.
The house is part of a complex of 1860s townhouses with a shared garden. Interestingly, it has consistently attracted artistic residents over the decades, and actress Katharine Hepburn was a longtime neighbor of Sondheim’s. Around 1980, the musician bought a house in Connecticut, which now sells for $3.25 million, but maintained his first residence in New York until his death in 2021.
The total area of the five-story building is 570 square meters. There is a music studio with a wood-burning fireplace where the composer kept a baby grand piano, a solarium with original stained glass windows, and a huge terrace overlooking the garden. The master bedroom occupies the entire fourth floor, and on the fifth there is a studio apartment for house staff.
Sales of luxury homes in Manhattan fell 22% in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, realtors said. However, the average price of such real estate has increased slightly, rising to $6 million.