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Acrobat Architect Can't Sell His Art-Filled Harlem Townhouse

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Luis Da Cruz paid $995,000 for a Hamilton Heights townhouse in 2006. Da Cruz—whom the Daily News called an "artist-architect-acrobat-designer-decorator-bon vivant"—then turned it into a veritable gallery, with handmade pieces that filled all four floors of the 1920 house. He would invite hundreds of guests to parties or openings at the "Musee Maison," then twist and turn and do tricks on aerial silks overhead as entertainment. Everything within, from furniture to works on display, is for sale. Between the time he bought it and 2012, Da Cruz put the home on the market six different times. Maybe the seventh time will do the trick, this time with the highest ask yet: $2,500,000.

Noted one commenter on Harlem Bespoke, which first posted the listing:

This house will be a tough sell. It's quirky and cool, but not necessarily livable. I've been inside several times for gallery shows. The master bathroom is completely open--no walls at all--even around the toilet and bath. The toilet is literally in the middle of the open floor directly facing the stairs. The configuration is odd. Each floor is treated like a loft with no partitions, no individual bedrooms. Is it too weird to attract a buyer?
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