New York Post
“Harriet the Spy,” the beloved 1960s-era children’s book that still inspires kids everywhere, features a gifted 11-year-old girl with absentee parents who was raised by her nanny in a stately old brownstone on the Upper East Side.
Now the property that reportedly inspired Harriet’s fictional home is on the market.
Its asking price is $4.95 million. The 3,000-square-foot, four-story townhouse at 558 E. 87th St. is owned by Jonathan Piel, former editor of Scientific American.
The Queen Anne-style corner house, built in the early 1880s, comes with five bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. The home has lots of light, and views of Gracie Mansion and the East River. Its best features include large rooms, high ceilings, formal living and dining rooms, a windowed eat-in kitchen, a center hall skylight and built-in bookcases “on every floor,” according to the listing — along with a garden.
Adding a dose of old-fashioned charm, there’s a dumbwaiter that serves the dining room from the kitchen.
The listing broker is The Corcoran Group’s Thomas Wexler.