For $7.5M, history, architecture, and smart design fill a compact 1897 urban cottage in the Village

Posted On Tue, January 11, 2022 By

Posted On Tue, January 11, 2022 By In Cool Listings, Greenwich Village

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On the market for the first time in 22 years, the pair of townhouses at 183 and 185 West 4th Street in Greenwich Village has as much historic cachet as its many charming neighbors. Built in 1897, the property was home to industrialist and art collector Armand Hammer in the 1920s. Today it retains more of its original beauty than most. A painstaking renovation by the renowned architectural firm of Fairfax & Sammons has not only combined and updated the homes for modern living, but given well-deserved attention to every inch of the diminutive jewel-box townhouses–complete with magical patio and garden. The property is asking $7,500,000.

Proportion is everything from the first glimpse of the space, which appears larger once inside than one would imagine from its quaint facade. The architects have made the unique residence feel like a much more spacious home.

A dramatic double-height living room is at the center of the home. The living room and dining area are both inviting entertaining spaces, highlighted by a moody, dark-hued bar tucked behind heavy ceiling-height curtains. A cheerful farmhouse kitchen has a breakfast bar for more dining and workspace.

Upstairs, two private, cozy, and somehow luxurious bedrooms each have their own bath. A working fireplace fits perfectly in the historic setting. Tucked in at the back, a brick-paved, innovatively landscaped “secret garden” is an enchanted spot for entertaining, dining, or just enjoying a small slice of paradise in the middle of downtown Manhattan.

[Listing details: 183-185 West 4th Street at CityRealty]

[At Sotheby’s International Realty by Debbie Korb]

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