Friday, December 8, 2017

278 asking price drops by $1 million

The asking price for Houdini's famous New York home at 278 West 113th Street in Harlem is now $3.6 million. That's a full $1 million reduction from the original asking price of $4.6 when the house first went on the market in June. The sale of the brownstone is being handled by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Houdini purchased "278" (as he called it) in 1904. This is the first time the house has been on the market in 26 years.

If you follow this blog, you'll remember that I attended the first open house and gave a full report on what I saw inside. I also posted a history of the house and its owners over the years.

Thanks to Janet Davis for the alert.



  1. Is the Houdini bubble beginning to burst?

  2. Maybe DC will now step in ? or.....further price drop ?

    1. I think the only way he'd be interested is if he could move it stone by stone to his Vegas museum. Wouldn't that be interesting? Maybe it could be the Houdini wing of the building.

    2. :-). Wouldn't be the same. I think your idea of rotating Houdini items in the parlour section of the house is spot on. A mini museum. Obviously items need to protected from the environment especially UV light etc. Wouldn't think that would be a major hurdle. We all know a chap who would be first in line to manage that for him. :-)