The term used in the listing to describe this renovated four-bedroom townhouse in the residential midst of bustling Chelsea is “intelligently modernized,” and it fits. The 3,600-square-foot townhouse at 240 West 21st Street, built in 1840, has, like most of its kind, a long and storied history; constructed as a family home (in this case for the well-to-do Hanks family) it saw generations of residents through the best and worst of times.
But unlike some, this particular residence has emerged once more as a spacious and comfortable single-family home with more perks than quirks and is now on the rental market for $18,000 a month. Summer is a fine time to enjoy its sun-dappled leafy back yard and private upper deck. A hip loft-style kitchen and lots of brick set the interiors apart from some of its historic counterparts, and a slightly unusual layout means the living room is in the back–where the sunshine is.
From the outside every bit the classic Federal townhouse on a tree-lined Chelsea street, this single-family home was thoroughly renovated in 2005 and features lots of open space, the aforementioned exposed brick walls and 11-foot ceilings.
The modern, well-appointed kitchen is open to a 12-person dining area, ideal for entertaining or as a family gathering spot. A spacious and cozy living room has a central skylight and opens to back stairs leading to the home’s lush landscaped garden; there’s a quiet reading library in the front room.
The home’s lower level also opens onto the garden from a multi-purpose “garden room” and a family/media/play space. A washer and dryer live on this floor as well.
Two floors of bedrooms mean there’s plenty of room for family, friends or work/play spaces. A private deck off a second-floor bedroom is perfect for morning coffee or a nightcap. We don’t get a peek at the bathrooms, but we’re assured that the home’s three-and-a-half baths are “modern and adequately designed.” Central air is yet another summertime bonus.
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Neighborhoods : Chelsea