Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Meet the Janklow Townhouse


SELLERS: Luke Jankow and Julie Daniels
LOCATION: West 12th Street, New York, NY
PRICE: $24,975,000
SIZE: 3 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms (plus 2 staff rooms and 1 staff bathroom)
DESCRIPTION: Often regarded as a showcase of Greenwich Village's finest architectural achievements, the renowned block of 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues contains superior examples of Beaux-Arts, Modernist, Art Deco and Greek Revival architecture. While this block has been home to such notables as Malcolm Forbes, Jimi Hendrix, and Edan St. Vincent Millay, this outstandding renovation of a 25-foot wide townhouse with elevator surpasses the reputation of the block...

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Rather than discuss another poorly decorated celebrity owned home in Los Angeles, Your Mama thought the children might like to start the morning with a little New York City townhouse deliciousness that due to the impending dee-vorce of it's glammy owners Luke and Julie Janklow is on the market with a hair raising asking price of $24,975,000.

Luke Jankow, for those not schooled in the minutia of Manhattan's who's who among the pretty and rich down town denizens, is one of those impossibly pedigreed New Yorkers that make some people goose pimpled with envy and others sulky and resentful because of the comparative ordinariness of their own lives. See my puppies, good looking Mister Janklow's great grandfather was Harry Warner, co-founder of the Warner Brothers film studio and his grandfather, Mervyn LeRoy, produced The Wizard of Oz. His uncle on his mother's side–the late restaurateur Warner LeRoy–owned Tavern on the Green and the Russian Tea Room, two of New York City's most famous (and touristy) eateries.

His lucky familial connections do not end there. Oh no. Mister Janklow's father Mort founded the notable New York City literary agency Janklow & Nesbit who represents authors like Al Gore, Michael Moore, Malcom Gladwell and Barbara Walters. The younger Mister Janklow once dreamed of being a rock star but eventually, after ten years of making music and roaming the world, joined the family bizness and became a literary agent himself. In addition to representing the exuberanty prickly Simon Cowell, Mister Janklow famousy negotiated a million clam deal for the well bred CNN talking head Anderson Cooper's memoir and recently sold some sort of a lifestyle book by wanabe jill of many trades Gynnie Paltrow who seems to think the world wants to know all about what books she reads, foods she cooks and shoes she wears. For better or worse, she's probably right.

Anyhoo, somewhere along the glittery path of the toweringly tall Mister Janklow's charmed life he met a pulchritudinous broo-nette from Beverly Hills named Julie Daniels. They married and made a baby who will no doubt grow up to be obscenely attractive. In April of 2004, the well connected couple forked over $4,500,000 for a 15-foot wide and five floor (plus basement) West 12th Street townhouse which they purchased from high-style hotelier Andre Balazs and his now ex-wife and major mannequin manager Katie Ford who previously bought the house from Jonathan Newhouse of the Condé Nast Newhouses.

The happy and well-heeled couple soon set about renovating their new townhouse and from the looks of things they did things up and over like two people with a never ending pot of paper to pull from. We are thrilled to see an elevator installed but are disappointed it serves only four the six floors in the house. Four is better than none, but six would save Your Mama from having to schlep our art supplies up a flight of stairs to the 5th floor studio.

A large foyer on the garden level successfully forms a barrier between the street and the interior spaces and effectively keeps the Chinese food delivery man from having to feel so bad about how rich the Janklows are and how impoverished he is. In addition to the foyer, the garden floor is comprised of a small service kitchen adjacent to the 28-foot long dining room with its exquisite mercury-mirrored walls, a large laundry room, powder room and two shamefully small staff rooms that share a bathroom and are only accessible by going through the coat room which is just a fancy term for a walk in closet. Nothing like making the nanny feel like part of the family. The basement, according to listing information and the floor plan, is mostly given over to some sort of windowless recreation room and heaps of storage.

The parlour floor has been opened to include a roller skate friendly marble floored living room that stretches 44-feet long and is anchored by two fireplaces with monumental 16th century stone mantels. The couple have filled the space with a silly white grand piano and a melange of mis-matched furniture from various eras which are united by the mostly monochromatic beighe and dark beige upholstery work. A little color and a few pieces of art would have gone a long way in here, but even still the room is undeniably striking and well conceived if not chilly and hotel lobby like. Also, we are not feeling that fur rug which would have our imperious house gurl Svetlana in a conniption over how to vacuum the damn thing and will have PETA throwing cow blood at the front of the house faster than a hummingbirds wings flutter. The southern end of the living room, which actually looks like the less comfortable end of the room, converts to a screening room with a rear projector and a screen that descends from the ceiling. It's unclear to Your Mama where one would actually sit and be comfortable in this area for as long as it takes to watch a film. At the rear of the townhouse's parlour floor is the eat in kitchen which is warmed by a fireplace and opens through several sets of French doors to a small terrace and stair that leads to the Portuguese cobblestoned garden.

The third floor is entirely devoted to a master suite. A sleeping chamber at the front features a fireplace and there are his and her bathrooms and dressing rooms. Hers, according to listing information, is all did up in Perspex and pink silk carpeting and his includes a small window wrapped study with a fireplace. A second bedroom on the fourth floor includes private study, walk in closet and a gigantic bathroom with a circular bathtub sitting in the middle of the damn room. This seems silly and extravagant but it's probably good for when the nanny is bathing the children and the house gurl is washing the pooches. At the rear of the fourth floor, according to listing information, is an office/bedroom with custom Chinoiserie wallpaper and a high drama double height ceiling that is open to the full floor studio space on the fifth floor which is all very theatrical but not very practical if the owner wants to paint (or whatever) while an over night guest is trying to get some sleep. Then again, if you're rich enough to pay 25 million bucks for a townhouse in the West Village, you're rich enough to put your guests up at 60 Thompson or The Mercer and provide them with a car and driver to get back and forth to your house, right?

As we mentioned earlier, the Janklows are headed for the court of dee-vorce. However, even though they will eventually sell their former family digs, they still have the matter of their recent bizness venture with super chef Mario Batali. Last summer the couple opened Sweetiepie Restaurant, the fantastically decorated restaurant and dessert parlor in the West Village where a hamburger runs twelve bucks, and ice cream cone six bucks and a dessert called the Sweetiepig will set the children back a shocking $75.

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

disappointed!!! Yet you know what they say Mama..
"people with bad taste... tend to have a great deal of it"

Anonymous said...

I don't think there are enough pics to decide if they have 'bad taste' or not ... The minimal amount of furniture isn't going to appeal to everyone but if you look beyond the furniture it is an amazing space that could easily be made warm ... I like the coldness but that's just me.

It's been on the market for quite a while now, which isn't surprising given the whole economy & everything but I think the main problem with this house is it's layout ... If you have a family then you're gonna have to spend the $20M to buy the place then spend a fortune again to get an architect in to draw up a couple more bedrooms ... The place on W10th is nicer & cheaper ...

Anonymous said...

You know... I just can't get over the fact that there really are only 3 bedrooms.... in $25m townhouse?

Anonymous said...

Also, I would venture that the owners already moved out.... I don't see anything in the furnishings that resemble a "home"...

If I had the money, I would buy it.

Anonymous said...

Mama, I'm pretty sure the elevator 'doesn't go to the top' because of equipment contraints. They'd need to build something on the roof to house the pullys and such to hit the top floor. Ditto the ground floor.

Aside from the room with dark floors & photo wall, this place looks a tad too chilly for my taste. I'm sure the right person could do wonders though.

Anonymous said...

love the column, but probably should change desert to dessert a couple of times.

Anonymous said...

Great Great Great Great location!!!

Anonymous said...

So cozy looking--but obviously staged. I remember when the Janklows bought it and neighborhood rumors crisscrossed, resulting in the buzz on the block being that the buyer was Janet Jackson--this was sometime around her implanted-breast baring I think. Current rumor has it that the Misses Cruise have bought on the block--maybe the Meryl/Diandra/Johnson-heiress house at 19 or maybe one of the brownstones faced in actual brownstone midblock (30-34 or so). West 12th betw 5&6 is a very busy block, both car- and pedestrian-wise, so not sure of the celeb appeal. Anyway, I thought Jonathan Newhouse owned a house in the equivalent location around the corner on W 11th. But maybe it was this one. I am really much too busy to pay attention to such things.

Rick Brentlinger said...

In the $25 million price range, Joan Rivers' place looks a lot better than the Janklow's place.

Seriously, the Janklow's domicile looks like a couple million tops.

Why pay $25 for big, boxy white rooms when you could buy an entire warehouse and paint it white for a lot less than $25 million?

Anonymous said...

The layout seems to be a tad convoluted. First, yes, there is not enough bedrooms. Then, there is this studio that turns two perfectly good bedrooms into one space connected by sounds and smells (yeah, paint smells). Closing that wall or floor can turn the space a lot more useful. Then, there is the white elephant of a tub in the middle of a bathroom, which is supposedly for everyone's use, but you have to walk through the bedroom to get there. So, is it private bathroom, or house gurls will shlep back and forth with the dogs throught the bedroom all the time? And the last one is the weird layout of the master suite. I can't even find "his" bathroom entry door, the only logical place is the starcase hallway. So, if they guy likes to wear his birthday suit while going to the dressing room after the morning shower, like my husband, he will always be in jeopardy of being discovered by a the house gurl taking the dog to the round bath upstairs. Last, I do not see a bathtub in the "hers" bathroom. I guess, she is supposed to go upstairs and sit in the round whoopy with the view of the terlit and remnants of dog hair.

thevinylvillage said...

I wouldnt call it bad taste. This sort of thing looks great in pictures, but I simply cant imagine it ever feeling like a home. Done up or not, 21 million over what they paid in just 5 years?

Anonymous said...

'Seriously, the Janklow's domicile looks like a couple million tops.'

Really? Have you ever been to NYC? Do you realize how expensive 8000+ sq ft is in a prime downtown Manhattan neighborhood? To even suggest such a thing is beyond stupid! A 'couple million' sometimes only buys you a 1 bed condo downtown!

Anonymous said...

For your $25mil for the Janklow house you also get to hear the kiddies all day next door at the Presbyterian nursery school. As has been said--busy busy block. Btw, where are the condos in this neighborhood? There aren't many. There's 59 W 12, and the newly converted 25 Fifth, which is kind of a mess. (Ancient plumbing--you can't even--officially, at least--have a washer/dryer in your own apt.) You can get more than one bedroom for a "couple million" in Lower Fifth Ave these days-- check the listings. You can even get get a 2br for closer to ONE mil ... but I digress.

lil' gay boy said...

Good bones...

...And the townhouse is well-constructed, too.

;-)

There's a lot that could be done with it, as demonstrated by just how far they went to customize it themselves... and frankly, anyone who has close to $25MM to spend on a Greenwich Village townhouse has the scratch to hire a good gay architect & his gay designer buddies to do it up with style.

Although never formally introduced, I have met him; he's even more striking in person, if that's possible (and was voted the hottest straight man in publishing according to Gawker, not that that means anything). More than charming, handsome & friendly, the man has presence...

I did refrain from following him to the men's room, but only because he's a goddamn camel...

Made me want to try the ol' stumble-and-fall into his arms trick (or at least his crotch...)

Rick Brentlinger said...

I know NYC real estate is expensive but I still find the Joan Rivers place more visually appealing in this price range, which is a few dollars beyond my means at this point in time.

Large white cube rooms for $24.75 million is off-putting.

Anonymous said...

Although $25 mil is a way optimistic price, I do like this place. The finishes are nice and the Dennis & Leen meets New York chic design scheme works for me. Hell, even the rug (sorry Svetlana!) looks kinda cool.

Anonymous said...

I fucking HATE this house with a capital HATE. It's so fucking ugly I can't stand it. What a waste of space.

Anonymous said...

Oh Luke is just so frigging delicious. He once wrote a piece on the perfect pair of jeans. Just thinking of him finding that perfect pair. . . There were pictures to accompany, and if I remember correctly, I actually cut one out. lol. Have to look for that. Anyway thought I had heard that he and his lady were back on, but maybe now they are back off.

angeleyes said...

I delayed commenting to see what those in NYC had to say, and agree it's overpriced and impractically designed. Didn't know about the ultra busy location, but I think that qualifies as a 3rd strike to explain the lack of interest in this place. As far as esthetics go, it looks staged, and not in a particularly appealing way.

Anonymous said...

This is one of those homes you have to look beyond the walls.

Anonymous said...

Now on to the house. No, please, please tell me that my dreamboat (that would be Luke) had nothing to do with this house! Absolutely ridiculous, pretentious yet at the same time cheap, and just plain awful. Is there a designer to be "credited" here, or was this the wife's "project' before the foray into restaurants? I suspect that's the case. No wonder he's getting a divorce.

Anonymous said...

Am I mistaken or the second staff extra-tiny room appears to be lacking a window..... How can they legally list it as a separate room? It really is just 1 staff room/area w- en suite bath

New York snob said...

34 West 10th street for 18 million is twice as nice. This is NOT however the West Village, that starts west of 7th ave. All the so called gold coast streets just off lower 5th ave are nice but not as nice as the historic blocks of w 20th, 21st and 22nd between 9th and 10th. The gold coast streets overpriced and way too busy.

Anonymous said...

Cheap? You may not like this, but it's absolutely not cheap.

I will agree it's a bit pretentious but it was customized for the sellers who probably didn't plan on getting divorced so soon after completing the reno.

the price is steep, the location is stellar and it's easy enough to seal off the wall of the studio overlooking the guest room (making for a really nice guest room even though the bath is in the hall) and making a large bedroom and sitting room on the top floor...there's four bedrooms for almost no money.

The one real issue I have is the elevator opening into the study on the 3rd floor.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or does the patio seating remind anyone else of antique Victorian wheelchairs?

Kris NY said...

This place was photographed for Vogue. Interior shots are here:
http://habituallychic.blogspot.com/2007/08/in-vogue.html

Tracy said...

If the house they bought was 15' wide, how'd they manage to spread it to 23' (per the floorplan)?

hello gorgeous said...

This is a fabulous place. I can't believe how it is dissed here. You think Joan Rivers' house is nicer? Speaks volumes...

hello gorgeous said...

P.S. My comment was directed at the commenters, not fabumama.

Anonymous said...

It's perhaps just a little "too" stylish, you know? like, "look how stylish we are". But, I do like a lot of it, and while the floor plan isn't ideal as it is, as others stated, you can easily modify it to make two nice size bedrooms on the top floor (by closing up the floor too. With a bit more work, you can make the "guest room" on the 4th floor a bit larger by taking away some of the large bathroom. And someone might want to use the formal dining room on the garden level as a more casual family room, and use the large parlor floor as a combined DR and LR. I know a lot of people here don't like that, but this space seems to lend itself to that idea. Plus, you have a large kitchen adjacent to it.

Great, pretty location, and you can walk to a lot, but true, it's sort of a busy street, but I think the celebs actually feel safer on it since there's activity. I think this is more of a $12-15M house, tops, though.

Anonymous said...

Dear New York Snob: Do you live in NY? Manhattan? Village or Chelsea? How long?

Anonymous said...

5:58, thanks for your critique. You make alot of sense. I can also understand where much of the criticism from others comes from. When sellers like the Janklows grossly overprice their property, people expect perfection in return at the very least, and they have a right to. That this home is sitting on the market going nowhere dosen't suprise me.

Anonymous said...

Perfection is entirely subjective.

For $24M I expect the highest quality materials and workmanship in a plum location. I also expect a little of the unexpected (i.e. the Mercury mirrors, which are amazing).

Since the world does not, unfortunately, revolve around me, what I can NOT expect is that all $24M houses/apartments are going to match MY idea of decorating or interior design perfection.

Anonymous said...

"This is one of those homes you have to look beyond the walls."

Sorry, but this makes no friggin sense. Sort of a thing people who know and understand nothing would say to give appearance of beyond this world sophistication.

As far is changing the floorplan in this house, yes, it is possible, but there is no way someone would pay top dollar for a place that needs to be gutted. $5 mil - yes, $25 mil - no. For top dollar, the very least you should expect is having well planned and sized rooms and spaces. All bedrooms with private poopers and large closets, no wonky staff spaces, no elevator openings in wrong places, no master bathrooms in the hallway (not even for you, Luke-struck gays! ;-). By the way, I hate Joana's gold leaf all over style, but to be honest, I would not change a thing in her place - it's very cohesive, and the tratment of the walls is done/restored right and true to the period. And I would certainly recommend the opposite of "looking beyond the walls" in her place - look AT the walls, they are fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Good points 6:29, but quality materials and craftmanship, even a plum location, only go so far. Asking in excess of 5 times what was paid for a property 5 years ago in the midst of a recession dosen't lend itself to a willingness to pay for a SELLER'S idea of interior design either. The more individualized a plan becomes to satisfy specific tastes, the less mass market appeal it necessarily has. Substantially reducing the number of bedrooms is the surest means of assuring that's exactly what happens, forget about the rest.

Alessandra said...

The decor doesn't do it for me and the current arrangement of bedrooms is unfortunate, if you have more than one child. But the layout could be fixed fairly easily. There is a lot of space to work with and someone creative could make it a really spectacular house.

I feel sorry for the nanny, but then I often do.

lil' gay boy said...

Quite interesting how different folks demand different things for their "top dollar" ––– but it seems to me that more than the townhouse itself, what you're really buying is the location, the school system, the lifestyle opportunity it presents, as well as the structure and the opportunity to personalize it to your own taste.

$25MM real estate is a whole 'nother ballgame that most of us unwashed masses will ever participate in; but really, how many of us have not moved into a new abode and spent too much to make it as much of our own as humanly & financially possible? For whoever can afford it (and yes, it is overpriced, but then it is New York), as Alessandra pointed out, the "...layout could be fixed fairly easily."

Yes, it is an impractical floor plan (good porn, Mama!); yes, the fit & finish might be cold or unattractive for some; and yes, some of the spaces are wonky for one reason or another (probably structural or code considerations). For most of us..

But for the Janklows, in the city they live, the social circles they move in, and the industries they work in, it worked. All too often we see apartments, condos, townhouses, whatever, that have been overthought to within an inch of their life by those who only have their eye on resale.

It's supposed to be a home; why not make it exactly what you want it to be while you're living in it?

And yes, anon 8:58, those do indeed look like "Bath chairs."

NewYorkQueer said...

They did this on purpose? How warm, how cozy, what a hellish life the child must have.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:58 here. Thanks, 6:18, sloppy posting on my part, but done before I had sufficient caffiene.

LGB, you are dead on about decorating to suit your own needs/desires. (Admittedly, I'm guilty of compromising a design decision in the interest of potential resale, just because I'm not quite sure how long we'll be in our house.) And yes, no matter if a place has just been completely redone "to the max" as we used to say, the new owners ALWAYS go in and do their thing, and spend more than they plan on spending. The one who buys this place will see it, say wow, it really needs nothing, buy it....and a million dollars later for a few changes here and there.

But I think to get top dollar - or at least what they're asking for this place - it will really have to come CLOSE to what a new owner would want, because I really think $25 mil here is out of whack. My guess is that they're not that anxious to sell.

Anonymous said...

Good commentary lil' gay boy. The only sticking point for me is the asking price being so much more than was paid. Essentially people are being asked to pay extra for the Jankow's vision, to the tune of $20MM more. For that kind of money, I'd expect nothing less than turn-key, not a place I'd have to live elsewhere for months while structural renovations to the Jankow's vision were underway. Perhaps the uber rich don't mind overpaying up front, and then showering more money on a place they'll probably never recoup, but I find it hard to believe that even that market extends beyond those who inherited their money, rather than those who worked for it and appreciate it's value.

Anonymous said...

I don't get you people at all... you tear apart all these "celebrities" whose homes I think look better but love some pedigree prick like this house.

The house is terrible. 3 br? Disgusting stark barron design with hideous furnishings and no color or interest.

Anonymous said...

Down with barron design!

That said-- re LGB (whose critiques are great)... do we think the local school system is really much of a consideration for anyone buying houses like this? Doubtful they'd send their lil' darlings even to PS41--maybe to Grace a few blocks east, or uptown--anyway, its likely that the lil' darlings will be shipped via black Denali to whatever private school they'll be going to. Also, re your comment: "But for the Janklows... it worked." Seems it didn't...

Anonymous said...

"For whoever can afford it (and yes, it is overpriced, but then it is New York), as Alessandra pointed out, the "...layout could be fixed fairly easily.""

Layout can be fixed in a fixer, too, so why even bother looking at this house? That's what the current owners have done when they bought the house for $5M. If it is still a fixer, then the price should reflect it.

"what you're really buying is the location, the school system, the lifestyle opportunity it presents, as well as the structure and the opportunity to personalize it to your own taste. "

Again, any fixer will have that. Actually, even plenty of the last.

I like you, lil boy, but if what you were saying was true, then house flipping would never be a business because people would jump on the opportunity to personalize the space, rather than have someone else bring to a pretty generic standard. But in reality, most people want to buy a house that already close to their taste, so they don't (!) have to personalize it extensively, and just move in, hang their paintings/pictures, and live happily ever after. That's why these generic houses sell pretty well. Nobody wants to buy a house where you have to take that creepy round whirpool tub out of the kids bathroom (how did they even get it up there?!). Not even people with $25Mil of free cash in their pocket.

Right now, it's just a 8K sq. ft. of fixer space with a back terrace on that block, and should be priced accordingly.

Anonymous said...

How is this a fixer? Nothing needs to be done unless you want more bedrooms, which for $100k MAX you could build out the top floor into 2 bedroom suites... and it'd then be 5 br. Very normal.

Alessandra said...

Yes, children. Let's be very clear on one thing: This is NOT a fixer.

And while people who own $25mm townhouses generally do not care about public schools for their own children, good public schools are an indicator for what type of community one lives in and the promise of a good public school does affect re-sale value.

How appropriate that my bot word is "suriz".

Anonymous said...

"This is NOT a fixer."
Here is the list of things I would have done if I had the money to live in $25M house:
1. Garden foor. Turn dinig room into a family room, relocate maid's bathroom and entry into the maid quarters/coat closet.
2. 3rd foor. Roll two bathrooms into one. Streamline access to the foor situation.
3. 4th floor. Take out the awful round thing, move floors to accomodate two private bathrooms and second WIC.
4. Close the floor, add a bathroom and second bedroom partition.

If you own a construction comlany, maybe it is not a fixer, but to me it is. The only foor that does not need work is the secomd/parlor - that assuming that the central part of the floor is suitable for a dinig room and kitchen does not need opening up. Just think of it, every time you need to chage the layout, it IS a fixer.

Anonymous said...

Anon 236

Just because YOU don't liek it doesn't make it a fixer.

It makes it a bad investment for you to buy and do unless you get a great deal, but your wanting to change things that don't NEED to be done doesn't classify it as a fixer.

The only real issue many could have is the lack of bedrooms. Which as Anon 135 pointed out, really isn't an hugely expensive modification.

Anonymous said...

Agreed Anon 2:53... That's like me saying the Fleur De Lis is a fixer because I don't like it. Dumbass.

Anonymous said...

This place is so sterile, it looks like a hospital. And the asking price is hilarious. Another good reason to live in LA, as if I needed one more.

Joan Crawford said...

Oh really, did they like it?

Anonymous said...

I love how the maid/nanny/whoever has to walk through a closet to get to their room. Lame.

Funny if you were a guest, went to hang your coat, and a maid walked into you, butting heads, and both get knocked out cold.

Anonymous said...

The place is jinxed. Period.

Anonymous said...

June 11, 2009 6:42 AM

"As far is changing the floorplan in this house, yes, it is possible,"

thanks for validating that my point. its not beyond the world sophistication, its common sense knowing everything about a place could be changed if you so desire. no home is perfection from day one.

Anonymous said...

The price of this house does not justify a renovation, especially, the one that involves changing the floorplan. Somebody got their ego a little buised up...

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL.

BETTER THAN *ALL* THE CELEBRITY HOMES THAT I'VE EVER SEEN ON THIS BLOG.

I thought it was just OK, until looking at the Vogue spread on this home.

It's so chic! Fashion!!

Anonymous said...

This is indeed one of the prettiest streets in all of Greenwich Village. However, this house has a very ugly exterior that was not renovated in any way. The entrance is down some crappy looking stairs, not up a grand set up staircase as is the case with many other townhouses on the block. Further, the house is poorly situated next to the back entrance of The First Presbyterian Church on 5th Avenue. (The church is magnificent but the house abuts the only ugly part of it.)

The house is absolutely insanely priced. The next highest priced townhouse in the entire village is $17 MM. These two think their celebrity and style (admittedly fantastic in my opinion) are going to sell this place. They are dreaming big time.

I've heard they're back together so when they can't sell, they may just move back in.

An interesting tidbit. The house was used for filming Jennifer Aniston's new movie, The Baster, a few weeks back. The kleig lights lit up the whole neighborhood one night.

Another interesting tidbit. Meryl Streep used to live in the townhouse directly opposite this one but sold a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

According to streeteasy, it appears that a lot more people think this is overpriced/a fixer or whatnot since there was a MAJOR price cut a few weeks ago down to $19,500,000 and it's still sitting.
And if you're going to spend big on a Greenwich Village townhouse for that money you can get a similar one just two blocks south (20 E 10th) with a much better layout.