Bob Dylan’s Former Townhouse In Harlem Hits The Market For $3.7 Million

Dripping in original oak details, Bob Dylan’s told home has increased in value by 6 times since he sold it in 2000.

By Jeff Vasishta March 3, 2017
Images courtesy of Corcoran

While most celebrities and the nouveau riche are just discovering gentrified Harlem, rock star Bob Dylan lived there when it was very different from today. In all fairness, Dylan probably didn’t spend much of the year there due to his non-stop touring schedule and homes in other places, but the stunning townhouse he once owned on Striver’s Row is now for sale for $3.7 million.

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Images on the Corcoran website show a stunning property laden with unpainted oak and dripping with original details. The early 1900’s townhouse is located at 265 West 139th Street. The listing, which was first reported on 6sqft, was designed, along with others, on the row by the firm of McKim Mead & White.

The current owners stand to make out well on the home. They purchased it from the enigmatic and reclusive rock star in 2000 for $560,000—which, back then, was considered pricey. The fact that it has now listed at over six times its last sale price shows just how the times-they-are-changin’ in Harlem.

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In fact, an area, which could have once been called desolation row, is Striver’s Row in more than just name. Many restored and renovated townhouses in Harlem are inching up towards the $3 and $4 million mark a search in the New York Times shows. A four bedroom, four bathroom property at 34 Hamilton Terrace in Hamilton Heights is listed for $3,650,000. A multi-unit townhouse at 175 West 126th Street is on the market for $2,675,000, and another nearby at 142 West 123rd—for $2,900,000.

The boon in property prices has also been a boon for entertainment in Harlem, which in Dylan’s 14 year spell was sorely lacking. Now developers and property owners have invested money on bringing jazz and soul food back to Harlem. While many decry that only the wealthy can now afford to live there, had Dylan foresaw the new Harlem Renaissance taking place musically, surely he would have taken shelter from the storm and stuck around a while longer.


Jeff Vasishta



Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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