By W.A. Muller

n the heart of Manhattan’s bustling Midtown East, between the coveted Kips Bay neighborhood and the elegant Sutton Place area stands 241 East 52nd Street. This understated yet handsome four-story single family home is currently offered for sale for the first time in decades. And, it comes with a piece of its own history. Its past may not be as significant for world’s affairs as are many events convened in the nearby United Nations headquarters, just a few city blocks south. However, this home brings a different kind of prominence – the pop-culture’s distinction ‘par excellence.’


Not a long time ago, this was the home where the legendary musician, writer and 11-time Grammy winner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, once lived, composed and produced his award winning music.

Babyface wrote number-one songs such as “I’m Your Baby Tonight” for Whitney Houston and “Take a Bow” for Madonna. His collection of awards includes the “Album of the Year” for the original soundtrack of the 1994 movie hit The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Kostner and Whitney Houston. A number of his own famous billboard hits were recorded in the sound studio he constructed in the lower level of this house. Since, the recording space was converted into a wine cellar holding over 300 bottles of wine. Today, only a 5-inch thick soundproof door remains, as does the extensive music system throughout the home.


241 East 52nd Street is a 3650 SF residence with a gated and fenced front yard and a serene back garden.

The property features a classic New York townhouse layout with a chef’s country-style kitchen and a dining/family room on the entrance level. There is a floor-through living room with two Juliet balconies, 11foot ceilings and a fireplace as well as a library with a terrace overlooking the garden on the parlor level. The third floor is, in its entirety, the master suite with an oversized dressing room and a windowed en-suite bath, including a steam shower and a fireplace.  The top floor has two bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. The home is fully wired for sound (needless to say), and comes with a state-of-the art security system.

This lovingly restored home features the highest-end finishes. It is unlike any townhouse on the market today.  “It is one of those rarely available, beautifully proportioned properties that are just perfect – in its size, condition, features and location,“ says Tristan Harper, a broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate who is marketing the property.  The house at 241 East 52nd Street is also a serene urban oasis in the midst of a dynamic metropolis. It is truly a place to call – home.

For more information about this property
or to get in touch with Tristan Harper,
please call: 917697.7845

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