The late Stephen Sondheim’s NYC home sells for $7M


The house that “Gypsy” built has a new owner. 

The late Stephen Sondheim’s longtime Manhattan home has sold for its $7 million ask after less than five months on the market, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Located at 246 E. 49th St., the 5,690-square-foot abode hit the market in July, slightly less than two years after the late great composer passed away in November 2021 at the age of 91.

The eight-time Tony and Grammy-winner (he also had one Oscar and one Pulitzer) purchased the property back in 1960 on the heels of “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” — both of which he wrote the lyrics for — having great success on Broadway, The Post previously reported. 

Until his death, the “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” composer split his time between the 19-foot-wide Turtle Bay beauty and the state of Connecticut, where his former 9-plus-acre estate listed for $3.25 million earlier this month

Most of his most well-known work, including “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Company” were written at this residence. 

In addition to offering five floors of prime New York real estate, Sondheim’s 49th Street address is also awash in original, turn-of-the-century details, such as the stained-glass windows in the solarium, as well as a 30-foot terrace and a 32-foot living room with chevron-patterned wood floors, according to the listing. 

Other highlights are the formal dining room, a music studio, a baby grand piano-equipped music library and wood-paneled foyer.

Sondheim passed away in 2021. Getty Images
A view of the layout. COMPASS
A look at the home’s outdoor space. COMPASS
The property has access to a shared garden. COMPASS
The kitchen. COMPASS
The property sold for its exact ask. COMPASS
One of the bedrooms. COMPASS

The urban compound also features a unique garden. It’s part of a 20-home enclave of 1860s townhouses that share a private garden, which can only be accessed from the residences themselves.

The listing brokers were Michael J. Franco, Miriam Richards, Greg Holzmann and Veronica Hinman of Compass. 

Franco declined to name the buyer to the Journal, but did note that they were a fan of Sondheim and intend to live at the house.

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