Subtle reminders of American architectural history can be found all around New York, from brownstone row houses and cobblestone streets to the Art Deco spires of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings.
This exceptional West Village townhouse includes its own charming glimpses into the city’s past. Its style is classically Federalist, beginning with a timeless redbrick façade punctuated by stately double entry doors with handsome cable moldings.
Standing stalwart on a still-serene cobblestone street, the home retains much of the period character it possessed when it was first constructed in the 1850s. Nevertheless, a 2013 renovation has provided leading-edge technological conveniences, from a state-of-the-art security system and Crestron-controlled Lutron lighting to automated window shades and 19 heating and air conditioning zones. And on the garden level is a truly rare horse walk, a tall passageway that once offered access from the street to the home’s private carriage house.
Numerous timeless details can be found throughout the 7,500-square-foot interiors, including paneled ceilings, hardwood floors, and graceful pilasters.
The five levels of the residence are linked by both a handcrafted elliptical staircase and a paneled elevator.
Highlights include a double-height eat-in chef’s kitchen with Nanz hardware, end-grain oak flooring, granite countertops, and a large butler’s pantry; a formal dining room; a parlor with wonderful southern exposure and numerous built-ins; six restful bedrooms; four full and four partial baths; and an upper-level media room, where a room-sized skylight creates a glorious radiance.
As part of a meticulous renovation on the part of the current owner, the carriage house has been transformed into a versatile space equipped with an office or bedroom, a powder bath, and a wet bar.
Tucked between the home and the carriage house is a courtyard with a serene 670-square-foot bluestone patio and a decorative iron rail.
The lower level of the estate — occupying the property’s entire footprint — has been fully excavated, now offering recreation space, a laundry room, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, and multiple storage areas. It is beautifully illuminated by yet another iconic New York element: vault lights.
$21,975,000 | 336 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014