Langston Hughes' Harlem Brownstone For Sale
By Margaret Foster | Online Only | Aug. 18, 2009
Misery is when you heard
on the radio that the neighborhood
you live in is a slum but
you always thought it was home. –Langston Hughes
The Harlem brownstone that Langston Hughes called home for two decades is for sale, offering a rare chance to see inside the ivy-covered house built in 1869.
"Everyone who I've shown it to has been interested in having it as their primary residence," says Barbara Harris, the listing agent at Weichert Mazzeo. "People started looking at Harlem again because those brownstones are some of the most beautiful in the city."
Only the exterior of the three-story Italianate house has been designated a city landmark, so a new owner will be allowed to alter everything except the 20-foot-wide facade.
Hughes lived in the brownstone, writing in a room on the third floor, from 1948 until his death in 1967. Longtime owner Beverly Prince rented it out until last year.
In February, Hughes' boyhood home in Cleveland was sold at a foreclosure auction to Wells Fargo Bank for a mere $16,667. The Harlem brownstone is currently listed at $1.2 million.
Free Harlem Guide
Last week former President Bill Clinton, along with Zagat, announced a free guide to Harlem's restaurants, shops, and attractions. The "Zagat Spotlight on Harlem" is available for free at www.clintonfoundation.org.
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