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Fame Slept Here

The Facts: 3,456-square-foot, six-bedroom Carnegie Hill townhouse.
Asking Price: $4.25 million.
Taxes: $31,386 per year.
Agent: Art Irwin, Halstead Property.

Who wouldn’t want to imagine hanging around the house with the most trusted man in America? Walter Cronkite, history’s best-loved broadcast journalist, helped his son Chip’s family buy this house in 2000, paying $1.725 million. The elder Cronkite spent plenty of time here, at holiday dinners and the like, and—after upgrading the house with sprinklers and new mechanicals—the family cannily sold it in 2007, at the height of the market, for $4.275 million.

This past spring, the new owners put it up for sale at $5.25 million, with no takers. It’s since been marked down four times, and now carries a price of $4.25 million, almost what the Cronkites took in on the deal two years back.

For any completists out there, Cronkite’s own six-room apartment at 870 U.N. Plaza is also coming up for sale at $2.995 million. Fox Residential’s Joanna Simon, who was Cronkite’s companion in his last years, has the listing.


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