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The Pumpkin House

Eccentric Hudson Heights, New York cliffside residence for sale for £3.33 million; at certain times of day it resembles a pumpkin

 

16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York certainly doesn’t sound like an inspirational place to live. Though mention of this address won’t set pulses racing and despite one previous owner joking: “It’s not the White House”, whoever buys it will actually get something quite breathtaking situated on the highest natural point in Manhattan.

 

Offered for £3.33 million – a figure 202% higher than it sold for 17 years ago in 2000 – ‘The Pumpkin House’, as the residence is more famously known, is a freestanding cliffside structure that is described by selling agents Sotheby’s International Realty as having a “seemingly jack-o’-lantern face that glows across the Hudson [River] reflecting the light of the setting sun”.

 

The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty
The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America
The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty
The building in the 1930s

 

It is spread over 4 floors, extends to 3,144 square foot and includes 2 reception rooms, a library, a home office, a “French country style” kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A basement flat provides 1 reception room, a kitchen, 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and in addition to a 2-car garage, there is a small garden, a balcony and a vast, part covered 66-foot long roof terrace.

 

Built on a steel foundation in 1925 by an engineer and “sort of a dreamer” named Cleveland Walcutt and referenced by The New York Times in 2008 as “a face in the crowd”, ‘The Pumpkin House’ was owned by an interior designer named William Spink from 2000 to 2011. During the renovations he orchestrated, a construction worker fell off the building and was seriously injured but what potential buyers will either love or loathe about this architectural miracle suspended over a 265-foot drop is that it truly is utterly eccentric.

 

The Numbers – The Pumpkin House

 

2000 – Sold for $1.10 million (the equivalent of $1.56 million, £1.22 million, €1.39 million or درهم5.73 million today).

 

2005 – Listed for $3.45 million (the equivalent of $4.32 million, £3.38 million, €3.86 million or درهم15.87 million today). Failed to sell.

 

2010 – Relisted for increased price of $3.90 million (the equivalent of $4.38 million, £3.43 million, €3.91 million or درهم16.09 million today).

 

2011 – Sold for an undisclosed sum.

 

August 2016For sale for $5.25 million (£4.11 million, €4.69 million or درهم19.28 million).

 

June 2017For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million).

 

The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International RealtyThe Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty The Pumpkin House – 16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York, NY 10033, United States of America – For sale for $4.25 million (£3.33 million, €3.79 million or درهم15.61 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty

Comments

5 comments on “The Pumpkin House”

  1. With a bit of imagination and a very big wallet, you could make this into something spectacular. The location however might put many off as its hardly top of the pops.

  2. It needs a big investment in upgrading and I’d worry about the cost of maintaining the exterior. A bit of a white elephant but I’d love to use it for a party.

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