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Neil Patrick Harris has sold the most expensive townhouse in Harlem

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Kudos to Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka for setting a gentrification record! The couple sold their Harlem brownstone for $6.9 million, a new high for the neighborhood, according to the New York Job. They first listed their SoHa home (I guess they’re the only ones still calling South Harlem) last August for $7.3 million. The sale broke the recent brownstone sales record set in April this year for $6.4 million, by The real deal.

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It sounded like Harris was determined to live in Harlem, since the how I Met Your Mother star took to Twitter in 2013 to ask his followers for help in finding a brownstone in the area. (The ever-ready Ryan Serhant was among the first to respond.) The couple bought their five-bedroom home for $3.6 million that same year. When Charlie Rose when asked about their home the following year, Harris replied, “I guess, why not Harlem?” Turns out he mostly thought it was a good deal. “We love the city of Manhattan. We looked at places away from bridges, but somehow we wanted to be there. And I think for the best value, Harlem is a very good buy.

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Harris and Burtka visited their museum-of-curiosities-they-call-a-home to Architectural Summary in 2015 and again in 2019. The 8,000-square-foot property, built in the 1800s, is full of perfectly normal decorations like a knife carving by Tom LaDuke, a peephole and, of course, Burtka’s beloved taxidermy collection (he takes course and learned to animal skins himself, lovely!) Much like the Gramercy home recently sold by fellow TV comedian Jimmy Fallon, it also has a vintage living room, which the couple named the “Monkey Bar” (after the stuffed monkeys that decorate it, of course) . Cara Delevingne, eat your heart.

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According to Job, the couple have “spent so much time in the Hamptons since the pandemic that they have decided to reduce their workforce in the city”. Perhaps the sale was inspired by Harris’ recent role as a recently single New York City real estate agent navigating the gay dating scene on Netflix. Decoupled. The Hamptons home of the Burtka-Harris family is very sexy though, given that it’s a former orgy estate.

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