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Lena Horne’s former NYC apartment lists for $2.19M

This Broadway icon’s former home is something to sing and dance about.

The Upper East Side apartment once owned by stage legend Lena Horne is up for sale, asking $2.19 million. The news was first reported by the New York Times.

The spacious residence, which measures around 2,100 square feet, is located inside the Volney, a historic hotel-turned-co-op at 23 E. 74th St.

Horne, the Brooklyn-born singer, dancer and actress, first moved into the building in the early 1980s and lived there until her death in 2010 at age 92.

The apartment was originally two separate units — a one-bedroom and a studio — which Horne transformed into a singular sprawling space that became her sanctuary.

Following her death, her journalist daughter, Gail Buckley, inherited the residence — and she has now put it up for sale.

“The apartment includes original oak hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and unique built-ins throughout,” according to the listing brokerage the Corcoran Group. “There’s also an oversized eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, and a massive 450 [square foot] primary bedroom suite.”

The apartment was originally two separate units — a one-bedroom and a studio — which Horne transformed into a singular sprawling space.
The apartment was originally two separate units — a one-bedroom and a studio — which Horne transformed into a singular sprawling space.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
The massive 450-square-foot primary bedroom suite.
The massive 450-square-foot primary bedroom suite.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
The kitchen has been recently updated, and comes complete with wood cabinetry and a separate breakfast nook.
The kitchen has been recently updated, and comes complete with wood cabinetry and a separate breakfast nook.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
A separate dining area is pictured above. Horne would regularly host dinner parties in the space for her famous showbiz pals.
A separate dining area is pictured above. Horne would regularly host dinner parties in the space for her famous showbiz pals.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
Horne lived at the address for almost three decades, from the early 1980s until her death in 2010.
Horne lived at the address for almost three decades, from the early 1980s until her death in 2010.
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Listing photos highlight the residence’s impressive size, with the light-filled bedroom suite boasting its own separate sitting area with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

The kitchen has also been recently updated, and comes complete with wood cabinetry and a separate breakfast nook.

The home is located on the fifth floor.

Located just a block back from Central Park, the building has had numerous notable residents, including humorist Dorothy Parker, who died there in 1967.

The large bedroom suite was originally its own studio before Horne merged the space with the neighboring one-bedroom unit.
The large bedroom suite was originally its own studio before Horne merged the space with the neighboring one-bedroom unit.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
The light-filled bedroom suite boasts its own separate sitting area with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
The light-filled bedroom suite boasts its own separate sitting area with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
The apartment includes original oak hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and unique built-ins throughout.
The apartment includes original oak hardwood floors, beamed ceilings and unique built-ins throughout.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
The apartment is perfect for entertaining with large living and dining spaces.
The apartment is perfect for entertaining with large living and dining spaces.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
The home is located on the fifth floor of the Volney — regarded as one of the most elegant co-ops on the Upper East Side.
The home is located on the fifth floor of the Volney — regarded as one of the most elegant co-ops on the Upper East Side.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group
One of the apartment's two bathrooms is pictured. The second bathroom features an oversized tub.
One of the apartment’s two bathrooms is pictured. The second bathroom features an oversized tub.
Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group

Famous faces were a common sight at the Volney during the many years that Horne lived there, with the Grammy-winner regularly hosting dinner parties for her showbiz friends.

“It was very much her home,” granddaughter Jenny Lumet told the Times of the apartment, which also has two separate bathrooms.

The listing comes just weeks before the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway will be officially renamed for Horne in a ceremony on Nov. 1.

Jonathan D. Schulz and Jason T. Miller, of Corcoran, share the listing.

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