This Greenwich Village townhouse located at 52 West 9th Street is unique indeed. (And we’re not just talking about that $18 million price tag). The home was constructed in 1848 for the physician Austin Sherman. And while it retains many of its period details, it was renovated to accommodate the influx of artists that moved to the Village in the early 20th century. The distinctive studio on the top floor of the townhouse was added around 1920. According to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, “the studio is not only unusually high (seemingly a nearly double-height space), but is recessed enough to supply a balcony with a balustrade for the lucky resident.” So the building has a touch of both the historic and the artistic side of Greenwich Village, with a price that fits the market of 2015.
Once inside, you’re greeted with lots of beautiful space. The house spans four floors and includes 6,075 square feet, which doesn’t even include the carriage house in back or the landscaped garden. According to the listing, this is now configured as a three-unit co-op that will be delivered vacant to the buyer.
The lower duplex is the most lavish apartment of the townhouse. There are three bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, wet room, wine room and a powder room. Details include stained glass windows as well as a wood-burning fireplace with a carved mantel.
Best of all, the lower duplex has access to an enclosed glass solarium, the backyard, and the carriage house. And you have never seen a carriage house like this before. It’s been transformed into a grand library with 18-foot ceilings, a spiral staircase, and a balcony. There’s even a wood-burning fireplace in here!
The upper floor apartments are a little less extravagant. Apartment #2, which takes up the third floor, overlooks the garden and the carriage house. There’s a wood-burning fireplace in here too.
The top-floor apartment—the former artist studio that was added in 1920—is a bright and modern duplex. There’s a sleek fireplace and wide plank floors. And what’s not to love about 18-foot ceilings, those double-height windows and a balcony?
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Photos courtesy Brown Harris Stevens
Neighborhoods : Greenwich Village