Jazz giant Billie Holiday’s onetime NYC home lists for $14M


Jazz legend Billie Holiday once lived in this Upper West Side townhouse, which is now on the market for $13.99 million.

The Renaissance Revival brownstone, at 26 W. 87th St., is where “Lady Day” lived until her death at age 44 in 1959 — and where she reportedly held one last birthday for herself, according to reports.

This property is also where she released one of her most famous albums, “Lady in Satin,” in 1958.

The current owners bought the home for $9.47 million in 2017 — far less than its original $12.95 million asking price in 2015. They then hired architect Amie Sachs, formerly of Annabelle Selldorf Architects, to do a full renovation.

The 20-foot-wide, six-story townhouse, standing a block from Central Park, was built in 1910 and no longer has its original stoop.

The Renaissance Revival brownstone boasts 6,300 square feet.
The Renaissance Revival brownstone boasts 6,300 square feet.
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One of the townhouse's seven bedrooms.
One of the townhouse’s seven bedrooms.
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The West 87th Street townhouse is six stories high.
The West 87th Street townhouse is six stories high.
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The outdoor patio and garden area.
The outdoor patio and garden area.
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The residence has a full kitchen and bar.
The residence has a full kitchen and bar.
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Interior of a home's dining area.
The brownstone’s dining area.
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At 6,300 square feet, it comes with seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, two powder rooms, six fireplace mantels and 10- to 12-foot ceilings.

Details include a wine cellar, a screening room with a full kitchen and bar, a mudroom, a skylight and mahogany doors. The full-floor main bedroom suite measures 1,100 square feet and includes a dressing room, a spa-like bath with heated floors and a library. 

The smart-wired home opens to a foyer with a chandelier and herringbone floors.

Design details include lots of custom built-ins, a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room with a dome ceiling and bold wallpaper by musician Lenny Kravitz. There’s also a charming outdoor garden.

The listing brokers are celebrity broker Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Lynne Mazin of Douglas Elliman.



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