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Author Peter Straub sells UWS townhouse for $7M

The five-story brick building was developed in the 1880s

December 29, 2015 10:01AM

53 West 85th Street (inset: Peter Straub)

53 West 85th Street (inset: Peter Straub)

Peter Straub’s novels may be terrifying, but his Upper West Side home, which just sold for $7 million, is anything but.

The acclaimed horror author has lived in the five-story, 4,800-square-foot townhouse, at 53 West 85th Street, for 30 years. He put it on the market for the first time back in April, asking $8.2 million.

It features an asymmetrical facade, a pitched gable roof, bay windows, wrought iron railings, and a stained glass skylight, 6sqft reported.

Dana Luttway, an experienced home flipper, was the buyer, according to public records.

Straub’s daughter Emma, also a writer, recently listed her own townhouse, at 182 Rutland Road in Prospect-Lefferts Garden, for $1.85 million. [6sqft]Ariel Stulberg

Correction: A previous version of this post used a photo Emma Straub’s house.