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Prettiest NYC homes that hit the market this week

This week’s edition includes a townhouse once owned by Harry Houdini and New York’s famed ‘Pumpkin House’

Every week, Curbed covers dozens of market listings that vary in price, location, size, grandeur, quirkiness, and other distinct characteristics. If they managed to capture our attention, that means there’s definitely something special going on. But some of these homes are so lovely that they warrant a special kind of notoriety as some of the prettiest homes currently up for sale in New York City. And so, here it is: five listing that have that special "je ne sais quoi" that separates them from the rest. Happy gawking!

Douglas Elliman.

↑It’s not uncommon to find townhouses in New York City that tout their historic bona fides—this one was built in the 18th-century and was once the home of legendary magician Harry Houdini, who lived in the townhouse with his wife, Bess, for the 22 years before his death in 1926. The Houdinis purchased the home for $25,000 in 1904, a princely sum at the time; now, it’s asking $4.6 million. Read more...

Corcoran.

↑The 4,600-square-foot carriage house at 77 Prospect Place in Park Slope has hit the market for the first time in over a decade. Times have changed, along with the house: The turn-of-the-20th-century carriage house is sporting a 2004 renovation by Philippe Baumann and is seeking $7.5 million. Read more...

Sotheby’s.

↑It’s been a while since we’ve heard any peeps from Hudson Heights’s jack o’lantern-esque Pumpkin House, which has been the subject of much real estate fascination over the years but now the oddball home, perched atop a cliff overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades, is back on the market for a cool $4.25 million. It’s currently configured as a two-family home, with a one-bedroom apartment on the lower level and an owner’s duplex (plus a roof terrace) above. Read more...

Corcoran.

↑A polished townhouse at 33 Charles Street in the West Village has hit the market asking $12 million and it’s everything you might want in a townhouse: it’s pretty, spacious, and even has a bit of Hollywood pedigree. Dating back to 1899, the 3,336-square-foot pad was once home to Million Dollar Baby actress Hilary Swank. She purchased it in 2002 with her then-husband Chad Lowe for just $3.2 million, then sold the property in 2007 for a profitable $7.05 million. Read more...

↑A Park Slope duplex that was designed by renowned architect Enrique Norten has hit the market for $1.65 million. The open living room, comes with 20-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, light wood floors, and glass doors that lead out to the lush 500-square-foot landscaped garden. (Yes, the garden is bigger than some New Yorkers’ apartments.) The adjacent kitchen is big enough to be an eat-in space, along with a built-in stainless steel refrigerator, a center island, white marble counters, and a built-in washer/dryer. Read more...