About this property
This grand 21-foot wide townhouse is located on a prime Gold Coast block and captures the true spirit and essence of historic Greenwich Village. Built in 1854 in the Anglo-Italianate style and retaining much of its original detail, this 5-story single-family townhouse with elevator offers over 5,000SF of interior space with high ceilings, beautifully proportioned rooms, 5 wood-burning fireplaces, central air-conditioning, a private roof terrace and a deep south garden with a magical treehouse that is truly inspiring. Formerly home to musician David Byrne and currently owned by a renowned artist, this unique property exudes tremendous creative energy and offers a true haven from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Enter under the stoop to a large hallway with abundant storage, a mechanical room, and a large separate studio/guest suite with charming beamed ceilings, kitchen, full bathroom, washer-dryer and a wall of French doors opening on to a large bluestone patio.
A short stoop with curved iron railings and double doors lead to a front reception room and a large south-facing artist studio with an impressive casement window overlooking the garden. A powder room and kitchenette add convenience, while a casement door leads to a deep landscaped south garden with bluestone sitting area and an enchanted round cedar treehouse suspended 10-feet off the ground and built into a towering 90-foot London Plane tree. Think meditation room or children’s playhouse!
An elegant curved staircase with statue niches and the original mahogany bannister lead up to the magnificent Parlor floor with 14-foot ceilings, intricate plaster crown moldings and 2 working fireplaces with ornate marble mantels. The front parlor is currently a Living/Dining room with original marble fireplace, built-in bookcases and lovely French doors that open onto wrought iron planting balconies overlooking bucolic 12th Street. There is a large open kitchen with separate pantry, a powder room, and a south-facing media room with custom bookshelves, a marble fireplace and tranquil garden views from two enormous double sash windows. A door opens to a wrought iron staircase wrapped in climbing wisteria that leads down to the garden.
Continue up the stairs to find two generously sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The sunny primary bedroom suite is a serene sanctuary with a marble fireplace, abundant closets and a charming en-suite bathroom with open shower and deep footed tub. The second bedroom is bathed in light from two oversized French windows and features a large walk in closet and a separate bathroom with footed tub.
The fourth floor consists of a sky-lit lounge area with kitchenette, full bathroom, washer dryer, a sunny south facing bedroom with marble fireplace, and a fabulous Parisian-style atelier with 18’ ceilings, a huge skylight, a large working fireplace and charming treetop views from double sash windows. A wide staircase leads to the rooftop terrace.
A staircase with bulkhead door leads to a large cedar roof deck with built-in seating and open views of verdant treetops and the surrounding historic district. There is water and electric on this level and a separate fenced in mechanical area that houses the central air conditioning units.
Listing courtesy of Richard Orenstein