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Walter Cronkite’s Brownstone in Yorkville, NY (Listed for $7.7 Million)


Walter Cronkite is a CBS news icon who reported about America’s biggest events like the World War II bombings over Germany, the presidential assassination of JFK, and the American moon landing. His long-time New York brownstone that he owned from the 1950s to 1999 is now on the market priced at $7.7 million.

The four-story brownstone was built in 1880, located on a tree-lined street in Yorkville. The home is measured at 4,000 square feet with four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a maids/guest room, formal living, and dining rooms, a family room, a modern eat-in sunny kitchen, an exercise room, and a master suite, located on the 3rd floor with two dressing rooms, a fireplace, and the larger of the three Juliet balconies. The house also boasts of large and airy rooms with tall ceilings, big windows, French doors that open to the landscaped garden, beautiful millwork, fireplaces, and plaster ceilings.

The listing agent of the 4-story brownstone home of Walter Cronkite, dubbed as the most trusted man in America, is Thomas Wexler of Leslie J. Garfield, Manhattan office.

  • This is the front view of the exterior of the brownstone showcasing the main entrance with a wooden door, tall windows, and various wrought-iron structures facing a tree-lined street. Image courtesy of
  • This is the living room with a unique pink chandelier hanging from the white ceiling to match the patterned armchairs and area rug across from the fireplace topped with a mirror. Image courtesy of
  • A few steps from the living room is the dining area with a large dark wood circular dining table surrounded by wooden chairs and adorned with a large built-in shelf on the side across from the stairs. Image courtesy of
  • The large eat-in kitchen has a kitchen island in the middle with a butcher block counter topped with three pendant lights hanging from the white ceiling that matches the cabinetry. Image courtesy of
  • The primary bedroom has light blue walls adorned with a round decorative mirror art mounted over the headboard of the large bed that is flanked by silver bedside tables and wall-mounted lamps. Image courtesy of
  • The primary bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower area on the far side by the two pedestal sinks topped with mirrors across from the large bathtub topped with its own large mirror. Image courtesy of
  • This is a closer look at the two pedestal sinks beside the shower area. This angle also shows the mosaic floral patterns of the floor tiles and the tall built-in cabinet on the side. Image courtesy of
  • This is a closer look at the bathtub surrounded by beige structures and white built-in shelves flanking the large mirror with floral patterns to its frame to match the floor. This area also has a wall-mounted TV. Image courtesy of
  • This is a close look at the balcony door of the primary bedroom with a French glass door that leads to the wrought-iron Juliet balcony that looks over the landscaped garden. Image courtesy of
  • This is a closer look at the Juliet balcony and the view of the back. This also gives a closer look at the black wrought iron railings of the Juliet balcony showcasing the patterns and craftsmanship. Image courtesy of
  • This is a full view of the back of the house showcasing the red brick exterior walls, tall windows, three Juliet balconies, and the large French doors of the ground level that connects the kitchen to the back of the house. Image courtesy of
  • You can see here that the back of the house has an outdoor dining area and grill station just outside the glass doors of the house and further is the outdoor lounge area adorned with various shrubs and trees. Image courtesy of
  • This is a closer look at the backyard lounge area with wooden fences, a wooden cushioned sofa set, and a clay outdoor fireplace for warmth. You can also see here the surrounding shrubs and trees. Image courtesy of

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The longtime New York home of “the most trusted man in America” is for sale at $7.7 million. Walter Cronkite, the CBS news icon who brought stories such as JFK’s assassination, America landing on the moon, and Watergate to millions of Americans, bought the four-story brownstone for $40,000, soon after moving to New York in the early 1950s. This was the home where Walter and his wife, Mary “Betsy” Cronkite, raised their three children. Walter died in 2009.

Born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, Walter dropped out of the University of Texas and, in 1936, began working as a sports announcer in Kansas City, later became one of America’s most important World War II reporters covering dangerous bombing raids over Germany and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1950, he went to New York City where he took over the CBS Evening News in 1963 – just a few weeks before the JFK assassination.

Built in 1880, the Cronkites purchased their New York home soon after he moved his family to the city. According to the current owner in an interview with the New York Post, Cronkite had a hard time finding a place to live and purchased the home for $40,000 – with squatters in residence. The Cronkites turned the home into an elegant residence where they raised their children and entertained world leaders, celebrities and business CEOs for almost 50 years.

When the Cronkites sold the home in 1999, the new owner, who is still the home’s owner, updated the home respectively enhancing its best historical features while at the same time adding new features that would take it elegantly through the 21st century. A brownstone with great bones, the home has beautiful millwork, stunning fireplaces, attractively crafted plaster ceilings, large windows, a rear garden, and three Juliet balconies from which to view it.

Located in the Yorkville neighborhood near Carl Schurz Park on a tree-lined street, the four-story, 4,000-square-foot home has four bedrooms and six baths plus a maids/guest room. Rooms are large and airy with tall ceilings and big windows that fill the rooms with natural daylight. Rooms include formal living and dining rooms, family room, modern eat-in sunny kitchen with French doors that open to the landscaped garden and an exercise room. The master suite, located on the 3rd floor, has two dressing rooms, a fireplace, and the larger of the three Juliet balconies.

One of New York City’s best brownstones, the former Cronkite home is awash with history from its 19th-century historical aspect to its 20th-century owners, and now into the 21st century. The home is priced at $7.7 million.

The listing agent is Thomas Wexler of Leslie J. Garfield, Manhattan office.

Photo credit: Leslie J. Garfield Realty


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