Toni Morrison’s former Tribeca condo sells with $4.2M ask


The home of Toni Morrison, the late Nobel laureate and literary icon, is in contract. It was last asking $4.25 million, down from its original $4.75 million ask last October. 

Morrison, known for the poetic power of her words in books like “Beloved,” chronicled the black experience in America throughout her work. She died at age 88 in 2019.

Her estate sold the Tribeca home at 66 Leonard — a landmarked prewar condo known as the Textile Building. It came with personal touches, including her personal library and its custom-built ladder. 

“Toni had the ladder custom built, so she could reach the top of her bookshelf, and it also has shelves on it so she could rest what she was reading there and move it around,” Amanda Brainerd, the Brown Harris Stevens broker, previously told Gimme. The book collection was not part of the deal, she added.

Brainerd listed the property with BHS colleagues Simone Mailman and Gerard Ryan. 

The gracious three-bedroom, 2½-bathroom loft is a spacious 2,319 square feet on the building’s 10th floor. It features a chef’s kitchen, an open living/dining room with a gas fireplace — and a main bedroom with a large dressing area, a walk-in closet with custom built-ins, and a spa-like bathroom with a soaking tub and glass rain shower. Morrison had converted the third bedroom into her personal library and writing room. 

The prewar building, which dates to 1901, was designed by architect Henry J. Hardenbergh of the Plaza Hotel and Dakota fame. Today, amenities include a concierge, a common roof terrace with outdoor grills, dining and lounge seating, a library/media room, a gym, bike storage and cold storage. 

Morrison bought the condo for $3.8 million in 2014, according to property records. 

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