A cliffside Manhattan property nicknamed ‘Pumpkin House’ for its spooky facade has hit the market in New York.

The cantilevered brick home – built in 1925 for engineer Cleveland Walcutt – sits on a steel foundation sunk into the cliff at West 186th Street. When illuminated at night, its facade is said to resemble a lit halloween pumpkin, with its windows taking on the guise of eyes and a mouth.

Interior decorator William Spink bought the 3,144 sq ft home in 2000. He shored up the structure and gave its interiors a makeover before selling it in 2011.

The current owners of the three-storey property have retained many of its original features, including a marble mantlepiece in the living room as well as mahogany panelling and coffered ceilings. Windows have been modernised, but retain their lantern-like configurations.

Photography: courtesy of Simone Song Properties

Pumpkin House has been divided into a self-contained one-bedroom rental apartment on the lower floor and a five-bedroom dwelling on the upper floors. Both have private terraces – the main house also has a large private roof terrace – with views of the George Washington Bridge and Palisades cliffs in the distance.

Together they are on the market via by Simone Song for $5.25m.

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