Imagine walking through the doors of a beautiful brownstone in New York City, looking around at the custom stained-glass windows and original wood detailing, and being able to call the space home. Now imagine that the space was also once home to one of the most significant figures in American literature — Dr. Maya Angelou.
According to the , the historic Harlem brownstone that Angelou purchased in 2002, has been listed for $5.1 million.
The home's 20 rooms are spread across five stories, according to , the exclusive listing agent. And while the brownstone includes many modern upgrades, including an elevator and updated kitchen, plenty of original details remain as well, like the carved wood staircases, and 12-foot ceilings.
Although Angelou spent most of her time in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that she still returned to her Harlem home several times a year until her health declined in 2013.
The author, poet, and activist in 2014, but has been in the news again lately, thanks to a documentary about her life that just a few weeks ago.
Her New York home is of course beautiful on its own (who hasn't dreamt of owning a brownstone in NYC or living in a space once occupied by a great writer?) but its association with the great Maya Angelou adds a certain importance.
"Someone buying this property would obtain a piece of cultural history and a tangible piece of the Maya Angelou legacy," Nikci told ELLEDECOR.com.
Take a closer look at the home in the photos and video tour below.