If you have a few million dollars lying around and a deep and abiding love of the Harriet the Spy children's book, you're in luck. The brownstone where Harriet the Spy lived is up for sale — and for the low, low price of only $5 million. Though the price probably has a lot more to do with the fact that it's a townhouse on the Upper East Side than the fact that Harriet lived there.
Harriet the Spy was, in many ways, far ahead of her time—in fact it's hard to believe the original novel was published in 1964. And the 1996 movie adaptation was similarly awesome. Harriet was brainy, a tomboy (and possibly LGBT), and a complete badass. And she also lived in a very particular brownstone in Manhattan.
Although Harriet's address is never specified, the Upper East Side brownstone that inspired her place of residence isn't difficult to pick out. It turns out this is the first time the property has hit the open market in seventy years, since long before Harriet the Spy ever hit the shelves, making it a golden opportunity for any Harriet fans who might have a spare $5 million dollars lying around that they aren't using.
The Queen-Anne-style townhouse is apparently four stories and 3,000 square feet and was built in 1880. According to the listing, it features "generously proportioned rooms, high ceilings, a formal living room and dining room, a windowed eat-in kitchen, five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, as well as a wrap-around garden ... [and] an intimate backyard." In other words, it does sound exactly like the sort of place that Harriet's wealthy and aloof parents might have lived.
So if you've ever wanted to walk the same halls as your fictional heroine, now's your chance — or maybe we can all just pretend.
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