Robert Durst buys Harlem townhouse on Lenox Avenue for $1.75M

Robert Durst, older brother of developer Douglas Durst, has bought a
19th century townhouse at 218 Lenox Avenue, by 121st Street, in Harlem for $1.75
million, the Wall Street Journal reported. While Robert talked about
turning one of the apartments into a duplex for himself, according to
a broker familiar with the matter, he also was said to be considering
the property for its investment value. The deal has not yet appeared in public records.

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“His broker said he was also looking for other investment properties
on the commercial streets in Harlem,” said Brian Phillips, a
Prudential Douglas Elliman agent who represented the seller. Durst could not be reached for comment. The 21-foot-wide
house in the middle of the Mount Morris Park Historic District has
been divided into three apartments and a ground-floor beauty salon.

Robert has received attention in some high-profile police cases,
including one that was the basis for a film about the disappearance of
his wife that Douglas and the Durst Organization sought to block
He admitted killing a 71-year-old neighbor in Texas in 2001 and
dumping his dismembered body in Galveston Bay, but was acquitted of
homicide charges after asserting he acted in self-defense.Teresa
Chavin, who works at the firm of Debra Lee Charatan, who is his current wife,
represented Durst in connection with the purchase of the Harlem
property. [WSJ]

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