Asking $4.75M, this nearly 200-year-old West Village rowhouse was originally a wagonshed
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Asking $4.75M, this nearly 200-year-old West Village rowhouse was originally a wagonshed

March 12, 2021

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Just by looking at this tiny brick house in the West Village, you get the sense that it has a lot of history. Aside from its nearly 200-year-old lifespan (it was built in the 1830s), this is quite true. No. 34 Commerce Street abuts 77 Bedford Street, also known as the Isaac-Hendricks House, a wooden house built in 1799 and thereby the oldest house in the Village. The house on Commerce Street was owned by the Hendricks family, too, and was originally built as a wagonshed. After several decades of use as a factory, it was altered to a residence in the 1920s. It’s now on the market for the first time in 20 years, asking $4,750,000.

The home was originally two separate residences, but since they’ve been combined (note the unusual center door), it’s now 34 feet wide. The facade has been restored, winning the house an American Institute of Architects National Design Award for Single Family Residential, as well as awards from the Municipal Art Society of New York and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

The home measures 2,200 square feet and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The entrance opens into a dining room and adjacent kitchen. Here you’ll find exposed beams, built-ins, and a wood-burning fireplace.

There’s also a bedroom and full bathroom (which is accessed by both the bedroom and the hall) on this floor.

Upstairs, one wide open room functions as a living room/media room. There are more built-ins, a second wood-burning fireplace, and high vaulted ceilings. A door here opens to a rear terrace with a staircase down to the backyard.

Finally, the basement holds the second bedroom, another full bathroom, and a laundry room.

There is a magical shared rear garden that the house has access to. It can also be sold fully or partly furnished, exclusive of artworks.

Of course, the location can’t be beaten. This block of Commerce Street is just west of Bedford Street, right before the bend where the Cherry Lane Theatre stands. It’s in the heart of the neighborhood and a quick walk to the subways at West 4th Street.

[Listing: 34 Commerce Street by Gavin Shiminski, Keith Copley, Fredrik Eklund, and John Gomes of Douglas Elliman]


Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

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