Over the weekend, 6sqft brought you a listing for a charmingly historic upstate house that was once an Underground Railroad safe house. With its location on sprawling land in a small town, this makes sense, but even houses in bustling New York City played a role in the historic story. There was the 1830s historic mansion at 45 Grove Street, and there’s this 1847 West Village townhouse at 95 Barrow Street.
The Post reports that the home, now on the rental market for $21,900 a month, was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The three-bedroom residence retains its historic details in the form of exposed brick walls galore, wooden beamed ceilings, and original wide-plank pine floors. But it’s also recently undergone a gut renovation that added modern amenities such as radiant heat flooring (and sidewalk!), a chic kitchen, and lots of custom built-ins.
The Post also reports that the townhouse was once home to “modern dance pioneers Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, of the Murray Louis Dance Company.” In 2010, the house sold for $5 million and its owner brought on interior designer Laura Kirar to oversee the gut renovation.
There are seven working fireplaces–two with the original brick surrounds, one in the kitchen with a sleek concrete surround/bench, and the others with simple, contemporary designs.
Though $22,000 a month may seem steep, it does come fully furnished, and scrolling through the listing photos definitely proves that this is well worth it.
Even the backyard garden has the residence’s signature mix of modern and historic. The rental is available as of January 1st, the perfect start to a new year.
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Photos courtesy of the Corcoran Group
Neighborhoods : West Village