This “Harriet the Spy” news is giving us SO much nostalgia

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh was one of our absolute favorite books as kids and (surprise, surprise) we were just as obsessed with the 1996 film A young Michelle Trachtenberg as Harriet? Rosie O’Donnell as the nanny? SPORT (who grew up to be kinda hot)?! Come on. So we’re having a lot of ~feels~ this morning with the news that the fancy Upper East Side townhouse that is said to have inspired Harriet’s family’s home is up for sale.

According to the New York Post, the house is a four-story townhouse built in the 1880s with five bedrooms and a garden, located on East 87th Street in Manhattan. Harriet’s supposed home has views of both the East River and Gracie Mansion, which is the official residence of the New York City mayor and his family. (The movie was actually filmed in Toronto and the blog Torontoist has a breakdown of all the locations.)


The townhouse also has an incredible detail you don’t see much anymore, the Post noted. There is a dumbwaiter, or a small elevator, between the kitchen and the dining room to easily convey meals between floors. We can just imagine Harriet as a small child crawling inside.

So, how much with Harriet the Spy‘s stately home set you back? Just a cool $4.95 million. If that’s too much pocket change, you can always indulge your real estate lust for free by picking up the book.

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