Neil Patrick Harris Lists Stylish New York City Brownstone for $7.3 Million

The How I Met Your Mother actor's 5-story townhouse

is one of the most stylish celebrity homes in all of New York City, and it's now up for grabs. 

before it was turned into a lovely family home. 

Tracing its history all the way back to 1908, the Harlem brownstone served as a speakeasy for Irish mill workers, a music school for girls, and a bed-and-breakfast

Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka

bought the brownstone back in 2013   and embarked on a massive renovation project that lasted close to 14 months.

The restoration had to rethink the layout to turn it into a single family home -- while retaining the building’s original features.

Since it was previously run  as a bed-and-breakfast

The area that saw the biggest transformation was the kitchen, which was dramatically reconfigured and equipped to meet David Burtka’s high standards.

Let’s not forget that Burtka (or Scooter, as HIMYM fans remember him) is not only a talented actor but also a professional chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu, who worked at Mario Batali’s restaurant, Babbo.

the townhouse packs quite a few rooms in its 8,000 square feet of living space.

With soaring 12’ ceilings, original dark-wood wainscoting and an elegantly restored wood staircase,

The Central Harlem  townhouse

has 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and  2 half baths, a music room, home theater, laundry room and full basement with a gym, wine cellar and a playroom.

It has a 'secret' office hidden behind a trick door

that opens by pressing the eyeball of a magician on a vintage poster

And an elegant parlor  with a vintage bar

that was sourced from an old hotel and restored with new appliances and two fully functional built-in taps.

And if you're wondering  why the couple is selling,

know that Harris and Burtka are planning to  move their family from New York City to East Hampton, where they own a 13.5-acre estate. 

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