Tech and media power couple’s West Village townhouse asks $11M

Posted On Wed, January 11, 2023 By

Posted On Wed, January 11, 2023 By In Cool Listings, West Village 

Photo credit: Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group

Who wouldn’t want a townhouse in the West Village with a $2.5 million renovation and a glass-enclosed rooftop office and deck? Beth Comstock, the current owner of the house at 62 Jane Street, has been lucky enough to live in the five-story home since she and her husband, tech executive Chris Travers, bought it for $5.75 million in 2012. Comstock was the first woman to be named vice chair of General Electric, a position she held after a long career as a media executive. The couple has listed the property for $10.995 million, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The landmarked 22-foot-wide Greek Revival townhouse on a charming cobblestoned Village street dates from about 1850. Restoring the home was a two-and-a-half-year project, helmed by architects Kathryn Ogawa and Gilles Depardon. Up the grey stone stoop on the parlor floor, original details–like wide plank floors, a fireplace, and French windows with original shutters–remain intact, framed by 11-foot ceilings.

The formal dining room features a wet bar. At the back, a glass wall overlooks the back garden.

Downstairs on the garden level is an open kitchen with sleek Euro-style wood cabinets. A cozy sitting room is framed by a folding glass wall that opens to a garden terrace just beyond.

Making use of every square inch of this 4,100-square-foot home, the basement offers a guest room/den, storage space, and a laundry room in addition to the home’s mechanicals.

Upstairs, the second floor holds two bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath. The front-facing bedroom features a fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and three windows overlooking pretty Jane Street.

The floor above is comprised of a sprawling primary suite. Here you’ll find a walk-in custom closet, skylights, and a fireplace beneath high ceilings (ceilings on all floors were raised during the renovation).

On the fifth floor is a jewel box of a glass-clad sunroom–currently used as an office and home gym–with a wet bar. Just outside is a landscaped roof deck with unobstructed northern and southern views over the Village rooftops.

The historic home is fully stocked with 21st-century features. High-tech enhancements include a Siedle door with a camera/remote doorbell and lock control, a Lutron lighting system with remote management, Lucifer LED lights, ethernet cabling and a mesh Wi-Fi system, a gas generator, water filtration, and water pressure booster systems, a 240-volt outlet under the stoop for electric vehicle charging, an alarm and security system, a sprinkler system, humidifiers and automated irrigation in the garden and on the roof.

[Listing details: 62 Jane Street at CityRealty]

[At The Corcoran Group by Laurence Carty, Irene Lo, and Jennifer Rahilly]


Photo credit: Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group


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