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Walter Cronkite’s New York brownstone is on the market – look inside this historic property

The CBS news icon lived in this elegant home while covering the moon landing, Watergate, and JFK’s assassination

Walter Cronkite’s house, brownstone exterior in NYC
(Image credit: Leslie J. Garfield Realty)

The longtime Yorkville home of ‘the most trusted man in America,’ Walter Cronkite is currently listed for sale at $7.7 million. The 4,000-square-foot property was home to the CBS news presenter who is remembered for breaking some of the biggest stories of the twentieth century – including the moon landing, the Watergate scandal, and JFK’s assassination.

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Walter purchased the quintessential brownstone for $40,000 shortly after moving to New York City in the early 1950s. He remained in the home with his wife Mary Cronkite and his three children until they sold the property in 1999.

Walter Cronkite’s house, interior of New York brownstone

(Image credit: Leslie J. Garfield Realty)

It is certainly easy to see why Walter never parted ways from this nineteenth-century brownstone. The classic urban kingdom stands tall above Manhattan’s prestigious upper-east side, neighboring Carl Schurz Park on a tree-kissed street. Beyond the home’s light wood door, the elegance continues throughout its four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and large living and dining space. 

Walter Cronkite’s house, interior of New York brownstone

(Image credit: Leslie J. Garfield Realty)

Sophisticated remnants of the property's rich heritage are shown through period features throughout its four stories – including aesthetic plaster ceilings, a large fireplace, and several Juliet balconies on the third floor. 

Walter Cronkite’s house, interior of New York brownstone

(Image credit: Leslie J. Garfield Realty)

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The master bedroom is also complete with two stylish dressing rooms with an abundance of room to store the latest season’s fashions from Fifth Avenue nearby.

Walter Cronkite’s house, interior of New York brownstone

(Image credit: Leslie J. Garfield Realty)

When Walter Cronkite sold the property at the turn of the millennium, the current owner vowed to modernize the home whilst accentuating these historical features. They renovated the sun-drenched kitchen, which leads to the contemporary exercise room and landscaped garden through alluring French doors. 

Walter Cronkite’s house, interior of New York brownstone

(Image credit: Leslie J. Garfield Realty)

Despite its urban garden space – that is the perfect place for a mid-summer party in Manhattan’s most glamorous district – homeowners don’t need to worry about finding a grassy patch to enjoy the city’s sunshine. Carl Schurz Park is a five-minute hop from the property, while Central Park is less than 20 minutes walk away. But we don’t need any more convincing to pick up the keys to this piece of Victorian haven. 

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Walter Cronkite’s house, interior of New York brownstone

(Image credit: Leslie J. Garfield Realty)

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Walter Cronkite’s home, located at 519 East 84th St, is currently listed with Thomas Wexler of Leslie J. Garfield in their Manhattan office.  

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.