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Charming Murray Hill townhouse with celeb-filled past wants $8.85M

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The house, built in the late 19th century, has plenty of outdoor spaces

Jose H. Mujica, courtesy The Corcoran Group

A charming Second Empire-style townhouse in Murray Hill’s historic district has just listed for $8.85 million.

The 6,615-square-foot house has five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, an elevator, six fireplaces, a garden, and a roof terrace. The townhouse also boasts 12-foot ceilings, two Juliet balconies, and views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings.

The six-story house’s facade boasts historic details, while its interiors were recently renovated. Developed between 1863 and 1865 by merchant Timothy Churchill, the house—which was part of a row of five similar buildings at the time—featured “French Renaissance-inspired mansard roofs and more-stylized Italianate motifs,” per the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report.

Selah Van Duzer, a pharmaceuticals merchant and descendant of two of the city’s oldest families, was the townhouse’s first owner and resident. Other notable former owners of the house include author Sophie Kerr Underwood, jewelry designer and Andy Warhol subject Kenneth J. Lane, and actress Liza Minnelli.

Monthly taxes will be $4,738. The property is located between Lexington and Park Avenues at 115 East 38th Street. Steve Gold and Scott Hernandez of Corcoran have the listing.