The Harlem townhouse of prolific poet and activist Maya Angelou, who died in 2014, is now on the market for just over $5 million, the New York Times reports. Located at 58 West 120th Street, the brownstone is four stories tall, and features five bedrooms and five full bathrooms spread out over 5,500 square feet.
Angelou purchased the mostly dilapidated building in the early 2000s and then hired architect Marc Anderson to carry out a gut renovation of the space. As a result, some of the original features of the house, built in the early 1900s, were restored, including the oak front doors, the fireplaces, and the staircase banisters.
Though Angelou mostly lived in her house in Winston-Salem, N.C., she visited the Harlem townhouse at least a few times each year. But as her health began to deteriorate in 2013, she was unable to return, and the house even went on the rental market for a couple of years. It was listed as a rental until last year, asking just under $12,000 per month. The house today has 12-foot ceilings, a painted drop ceiling in the dining room, and a back garden as some of its standout features.
Angelou's family has hired Link NY Realty, lead by Valon Nikci, to carry out the sale of the brownstone. The listing isn't officially online yet, but will go on the market very soon. The house is located within the Mount Morris Park Historic District.
· Maya Angelou's Harlem Home for Sale [NY Times]