Mitch Leigh, the Tony Award-winning composer of "Man of La Mancha," who died last year at the age of 86, bought this enormous 25-foot-wide, five-story townhouse at 49 East 68th Street in 1999 for a mere $1.05 million. The house is one of four Georgian mansions that make up the landmarked Pyne-Davison Row, and with Leigh's widow having relocated across the park, it has hit the market once again. This time around the price has ballooned to $38 million. Though Leigh isn't around to see the massive return on his investment, he surely would have appreciate it—in recent years, he had reinvented himself as a real estate developer, planning a New Jersey community for artists and "nice people" called Jackson Twenty-One. "I believe there is room for the absence of cynicism," he told the Times in 2013. "This is my final dream before I take the last cab."
· Listing: 49 East 68th Street [Corcoran, via Streeteasy]
· A Composer's Dream: Housing for 'Nice' People [NYT]
· Charles Bronfman's ex sells co-op to widow of famed Broadway composer [TRD]
· Pyne-Davison Row [NYPAP]