Monday, August 14, 2017

Houdini's 278 is off the market (UPDATED)

Houdini's former home at 278 W 113th Street in New York is now off the market. The house was listed for sale by Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $4.6 million in June. Did the house sell? Did the owner pull it? Afraid I don't have any answers at the moment, but know the doors of 278 are once again closed.

UPDATE: Word from the realtor is that the house is only temporarily off the market as the owner is traveling. It will be re-listed in September.

UPDATE 2: 278 is now back on the market for $3,999,000.



  1. It might be time to start your "go fund me" campaign John!


    1. You know, it would be fun to actually do that. I mean, there would be no hope that we could actually raise that kind of money, but it would be a chance to lay out my dream vision for the house. The parlor level would be a Houdini museum and research center. Wild About Harry offices would be on the top floor. I'd live on the second floor and Garden level. But we'd need to raise 6 million for upgrades and all. Fund the dream!

    2. Wait! A better idea. We turn the second floor into an Air BNB, so anyone can come stay in Houdini's house. And Go Fund Me contributors of a certain level have free access, almost like a time share. So...

      Garden Level -- My living quarters.
      Parlour Level -- Houdini Museum, open to public by appointment.
      2nd Floor -- Air BNB rental.
      3rd Floor -- Wild About Harry headquarters and Houdini archive and research center available by appointment.

      And maybe this could actually be pulled off with $3 million?

      Think I'm getting serious about expressing my insanity here. :)

    3. You know I was kind of half joking, but seriously I would love to see someone like you buy it. Go for it John!

    4. I'm kinda serious about actually launching a Go Fund Me, if for no other reason than to lay out a vision for the house as a museum. I think that's a dream we can all share in, if just as fantasy.

  2. I wonder if the condition of the building at that price point had anything to do with it. Did a potential buyer examine the structure and decided it would be too expensive to contract some restorations?