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Billie Holiday’s UWS townhouse on sale for $13M

"Lady Day" was living in the home when she died in 1959

October 27, 2015 10:36AM

From left: Billie Holiday and 26 West 87th Street on the Upper West Side

From left: Billie Holiday and 26 West 87th Street on the Upper West Side

You probably can’t sing like Billie Holiday. … Scratch that. You definitely can’t sing like Billie Holiday. But you can own her former Upper West Side townhouse.

The seven-bedroom, 6,300-square-foot townhouse at 26 West 87th Street, where the jazz legend was living when she died in 1959 at the age of 44, is now on the market for $13 million.

Corcoran’s Maria Pashby, Joanna Pashby and Terrence Harding are listing the unit.

The five-story Renaissance Revival brownstone is now owned by a pair of brothers, who bought it for $5.85 million in 2009 and did extensive renovations, the New York Post reported.

Holiday, known as “Lady Day,” is considered one of jazz’s greatest all-time performers, famous for virtuoso singing performances like “Strange Fruit” and “Summertime.”

Another Upper West Side townhouse, at 24 West 71st Street, is being listed for $29 million. If it sells at the price, it will be a neighborhood record. [Curbed] – Ariel Stulberg

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