Pick up Harry Houdini’s former Harlem townhouse before it disappears

Harry Houdini and the house at 278 West 113th Street (credit: Douglas Elliman and the Library of Congress)

Now you see it, now you don’t. A Harlem townhouse at 278 West 113th Street once owned by the late and great magician Harry Houdini has just hit the market asking $4.6 million.

(credit: Douglas Elliman)

As Curbed notes, Houdini outfitted the home with lots of special little extras, like a sunken bathtub where he practiced his underwater tricks, a wireless radio in the carpet for mindreading, and a front door that looked normal, but opened from the hinge side. The magician bought the home in 1904 for $25,000, and lived there until his death in 1926.

(credit: Douglas Elliman)

Sadly, there are no more magical accoutrements left in the house. According to one of the property’s listing brokers, Beverly Draggon of Douglas Elliman, when the current owner bought the house in 1991, it was a bit of a wreck and he needed to, ahem, work his magic on it. Draggon shares the listing with Detria Davu.

(credit: Douglas Elliman)

Currently, the 6,008-square-foot home is configured as a three-unit building, with a duplex owner’s apartment, and two rental units. The second floor unit is a one bedroom and the third floor unit is a two bedroom.

(credit: Douglas Elliman)
(credit: Douglas Elliman)
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(credit: Douglas Elliman)
(credit: Douglas Elliman)
(credit: Douglas Elliman)