A West Village Home With a Gated Courtyard Is Up for Sale

For the photographer Robert J. Stern, among the best issues about his late-19th-century house within the West Village is that “nobody really notices it.”

The four-story, brick-and-stucco construction at 54 Seventh Avenue South, a few blocks from Washington Square Park, “is kind of a secret,” Mr. Stern stated. “It’s a trapezoidal building, almost free standing, in the middle of the block. You walk into a parking lot to get to it.”

But the constructing, between Morton and Commerce Streets, has had some fame of late. The business tenant on the bottom flooring is Markarian, the style model that designed Jill Biden’s Inauguration Day ensemble, a placing teal blue costume and matching coat.

Dr. Biden’s Inauguration Day outfit was designed by Markarian, the business tenant on the constructing’s floor flooring.Credit…Pool picture by Melina Mara

Markarian and a residential tenant a flooring above could quickly have to seek out different quarters, nevertheless. Mr. Stern, who purchased the constructing in 1993 from the property of the feminist author June D. Arnold, is itemizing your complete constructing for $11.95 million, with round $19,000 in annual property taxes, in response to Jonathan Hettinger, who’s advertising the property with Mark Thomas Amadei, each of Sotheby’s International Realty.

The constructing options a rooftop terrace with a pergola and views extending to Midtown Manhattan.Credit…Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty

Mr. Stern says the constructing, which as soon as housed the Women’s Coffeehouse, is just too huge for simply him — his spouse, Yuka, and their grownup son, Ren, are presently dwelling in Japan. She had relocated there, he stated, to assist with a household enterprise, the Ms. Reiko style model. “It’s ridiculous living in a three-bedroom apartment when it’s just me and the dog,” he stated. “It’s too big for us.”

The constructing, which is being marketed as a townhouse, had been up for sale in 2019. “Even though we like to think everything was rosy before the pandemic, 2019 was difficult for high-end real estate,” Mr. Hettinger stated. “Many properties didn’t sell that year.”

The major bed room suite, certainly one of three bedrooms within the duplex.Credit…Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty

Mr. Hettinger additionally famous that the constructing had been beforehand marketed as a business property. He expects the home to draw extra curiosity now due to the pandemic. “It basically checks almost all the boxes of things that families are looking for, which is significant outdoor space, tall ceilings, authentic loft space and parking for two cars,” he stated, including that it is also utilized by a skilled as a live-work area or proceed as it’s with the 2 tenants. (Both leases are set to run out by yr’s finish, he says.)

The constructing encompasses round 5,715 sq. ft and consists of a massive, unfinished basement presently used for storage.

At the entrance of the brick and stucco constructing are entrances for the residence and the business tenant, and parking for two vehicles.Credit…Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty

The business area on the bottom stage — with an 18-by-38-foot showroom, a kitchenette, powder room and workplace — has a separate entrance on the entrance of the constructing and in addition opens to a rear backyard. Outside area totals round three,500 sq. ft and consists of a massive open area along side the constructing and a gated entrance courtyard, the place there may be parking for as much as two vehicles.

“It’s a miracle if you have parking for one car in New York City, let alone two cars,” Mr. Hettinger stated.

The floor-through condominium on the second stage comprises two bedrooms, one rest room, a front room, eating room and galley kitchen.

The business tenant’s area opens to a rear backyard.Credit…Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty

The prime two flooring, the place Mr. Stern and his household resided, has three bedrooms, three full loos, and a rooftop terrace with a pergola and round 200 potted crops and flowers. City views lengthen to Midtown Manhattan.

The kitchen, on the third flooring, is provided with custom-milled cupboards and pure soapstone counter tops. The major bed room suite, which stretches throughout many of the fourth flooring, options a conventional Japanese tatami room, a massive walk-in closet, and a windowed en-suite rest room with a soaking tub. There can be a separate laundry room.

Throughout the loft-like duplex are excessive, wood-beamed ceilings, uncovered authentic brick, hardwood flooring and quite a few oversize home windows. One of the bedrooms was transformed into a bicycle workshop for Mr. Stern, an avid bicycle owner. All the loos have been renovated, he stated.

The kitchen, on the third flooring, is provided with custom-milled cupboards and pure soapstone counter tops.Credit…Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International RealtyOn the highest stage is a conventional Japanese tatami room.Credit…Yoo Jean Han for Sotheby’s International Realty

Mr. Stern has spent the majority of his profession as a style photographer and says he’s now growing a property within the East Village. While he and his household are unhappy to be leaving their West Village house, he stated, “our time is done and I can accept that.”

“I feel like I’m keeping a hotel for my family for when they come to New York.”

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