The thoroughly modern gut-renovation of this 1869 single family home at 281 West 4th Street is the creation of noted starchitect Anabelle Selldorf, and we’re assuming that its romantic-contemporary decor was inspired by the owners’ creative talents. Luxuries, comforts, and conveniences fill this somewhat narrow, 2,720-square-foot historic private home, from a finished and functional cellar to a planted and enchanted roof garden. For the why-own-when-you-can-rent-for-more monthly price of $29,000, you can step into this dream of a West Village townhouse, cue up a rooftop party and fire up the parlor-floor movie screen.
Looking out on tree-lined Perry Street through oversized casement windows, this classic brick row house–it was previously owned by master photo retoucher Pascal Dangin, who sold it for $9.55 million in 2013–is otherwise all 19th-century charm on the outside. The parlor floor has high ceilings, wide-plank white oak floors, and a hidden projector and movie screen. This floor is open to the garden level below and gets tons of light from that oversized wall of glass.
On the garden floor is a mansion-worthy kitchen with antique French slab stone floors, an eight-burner Lacanche French stove and a double-wide SubZero fridge. The handsome dining area overlooks a tranquil paved garden.
The interior of the house surrounds a mesmerizing wood-and-steel circular staircase.
All three bedrooms are well-proportioned and bestowed with the same casual luxury.
A rustic wood-beamed ceiling tops the master bedroom, which boasts a large, bright, sun-filled bath.
The roof deck, though, is where the magic happens. The huge space has walkways, mature plantings, and built-in seating, plus a shelter area with a wet bar for summer al fresco dining and gathering.
The basement gets put to great use with storage and a large well-stocked laundry room.
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Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman
Neighborhoods : West Village