Townhouse pick of the week

A Hamilton Heights townhouse known for the owner's art and acrobatics, for $2,680,000

The home's double staircase is a striking feature. 


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Want a townhouse that doesn't look like everybody else's? Check out "The Art House," aka "Musee Maison" at 532 West 148th St. in Hamilton Heights. Listed for $2,680,000, this two family measures 2,646 square feet and is the home of artist and acrobat Luis Da Cruz, who bought the building in 2006 for $995,000, gut renovated it and filled it with art. (It was previously on the market for $2.5 million.) 

According to the Daily News, he held "champagne-fueled" parties a couple of times a year, attracting art lovers to the whimsically decorated house, where he would entertain his guests with acrobatic performances.

Built in 1920, the townhouse has many striking features, including five original fireplaces, a grand double staircase, Victorian cherry wood paneling, 14-foot beamed ceilings, and hardwood floors. 

There's a large and modern chef's kitchen with recessed lighting and exposed brick walls, as well as a sizable formal dining room for entertaining. 

The townhouse has three bedrooms, one on the parlor floor and two on the fourth floor. 

A one-bedroom garden apartment has its own entrance to the garden in back. The townhouse also has a roof deck. 

Storage is available in the building's sub-cellar, and shopping and dining can be found along both Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Riverbank State Park is a few blocks away, and the A, C, B, and D trains are five blocks away at 145th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue, and the 1 is at 145th Street and Broadway.