196 W Houston is a contemporary 25-foot-wide, 100-feet-deep, 2-car garage townhouse offering a discreet life of private luxury in the heart of Manhattan. This notable property has been a hot spot for entertaining celebrities and musicians such as John Lennon and Elton John. The home has also been owned by Norman Mailer, acclaimed novelist, Peter Mayer of the Penguin Group, as well as renowned artist Joan Mitchell and her husband, Barney Rosset, pioneer of the Grove Press.
This sleek 7,200 square foot city mansion encapsulates 3 large bedrooms, 5 full baths, and features a massive 2-car garage, over 1,900 square feet of serene outdoor space spread across each level, an elevator servicing all floors and the roof garden, a fully equipped chef’s kitchen with wine storage, smart-home sound system, sauna, and more. Exploring the sun-drenched home across its 3 expansive levels, you will be invited from one stunning space to the next. 196 is definitively the most light-filled townhouse on the market, featuring oversized skylights and large windows on every floor, ceilings reaching more than 13 feet, and generously sized living areas throughout. Originally built as a carriage house in 1899, this magnificent property provides a greater amount space spread across fewer levels than the traditional townhouse.
The primary level is 25 feet wide and nearly 100 feet deep, displaying the complete depth of the home. The great room is perfect to showcase a private art collection or for hosting dazzling parties. The vast entertainment space is also outfitted with an elegant fireplace and wet bar. At the north end you are invited to enter a lush bamboo garden, separated only by expansive glass windows. The entrance of the home features a travertine-clad waterfall wall in a dramatic corridor, leading into the formal entertaining area. Also included is a state-of-the-art digital security system, virtual doorman and locking vestibule for 24/7 guest reception and package delivery.
On level two is the formal dining area, den, and luxurious eat-in chef’s kitchen. The kitchen features a 6-burner Bluestar gas stove with flat top and dual ovens, warming trays, and an array of appliances including a Miele espresso maker, dual Sub-Zero wine coolers, dual Sub-Zero refrigerators, and dual dishwashers for easy cleanup. The Sub-Zero wine coolers offer the discerning collector room to store 300 bottles in a UV-safe, humidity-controlled environment with multiple temperature zones and cherry-lined roller glide shelves. On the north side of this floor is a plush media center and lounge, enclosed by a house-width skylight and sliding glass doors. The den is awash with bright light throughout the entirety of the day and offers a seamless transition into the second large private garden. This lovely private garden is one of the three outdoor areas perfect for enjoying barbecues, cocktail parties, and alfresco dining.
Level three contains the stunning primary bedroom and guest suites. Enjoy a secluded region of the home with 13-foot ceilings, two full baths, and a kitchenette. In the primary bedroom is wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the peaceful garden below, an oversized runway-style walk-in closet, and a lavish bathroom boasting a skylight, glass shower, and soaking tub.
Perched atop the home is a grand rooftop terrace. Step out of the elevator to find a luxurious place to enjoy the sun or shade with plenty of space to invite and entertain your guests. The elevator also provides access to the lower level with more than 1,600 square feet of finished space. Here you will find the spacious gym, 6-person sauna, full bath with rain faucet, half bath, as well as the laundry room.
THE VANDERPLOEG TEAM 2022
Listing Courtesy of George Vanderploeg, Phoenix Goldstein, Sarah-Louise Beer
Real Estate Taxes
25.83' x 108.75' (96' deep)
Washer / Dryer in Unit
Private Outdoor Space
Community Recreation Facilities
Laundry in Building
Private Roof Deck
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