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Streisand’s iconic townhouse hits market for $18 million

A five-storey townhouse on the Upper East Side of New York City, once owned by the iconic EGOT winner Barbra Streisand, has hit the real estate market for a staggering US$18 million.

Designed by renowned architect Harry Allan Jacobs in the 1930s, the residence retains much of its original charm and design features.

Streisand purchased the 854-square-metre home in 1970 for US$420,000, which equates to about US$1.3 million when adjusted for inflation, according to Architectural Digest.

Initially reluctant to move into a house after being rejected from two co-op buildings, she expressed her reservations to the New York Times, saying, “I’ve never wanted to live in a house. But I’m going ahead with it anyway.”

Streisand noted her preference for a more horizontally expansive space over the five-level, 17-room vertical layout.

Barbara Streisand’s former townhouse is on the market for US$18 million. Photo: Evan Joseph for Corcoran

She sold the eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom property, adorned with Jazz Age finishes, in 1972, according to Mansion Global.

Despite Streisand’s initial hesitation, the townhouse offers practical features such as a basement level and an elevator connecting all five stories.

Barbara Streisand’s former townhouse is on the market for US$18 million. Photo: Evan Joseph for Corcoran

The original winding staircase, complete with an intricate metal railing, remains a standout feature.

Listing photos reveal that the home’s decor pays homage to its 1930s origins, particularly in the formal living and dining rooms.

Barbara Streisand’s former townhouse is on the market for US$18 million. Photo: Evan Joseph for Corcoran

These areas are furnished with period-appropriate art, antique furniture, original wood-burning fireplaces, and opulent light fixtures, all contributing to the residence’s historical ambiance.

The property is currently listed by Cathy Franklin of Corcoran.

Barbara Streisand’s former townhouse is on the market for US$18 million. Photo: Evan Joseph for Corcoran

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Kylie Dulhunty

Kylie Dulhunty is the Editor at Elite Agent.