There is a little townhouse in New York City being offered for sale for $4.3 million.
Just to be clear—Tom and I are not in the market nor would we pay $4.3 million for a place to live. Even if we were or would, a cozy house with a mountain or water view, on a pristine lake or maybe on a bluff overlooking the ocean, would be our preferred choice.
But there is something to be said about this townhouse in the heart of NYC’s West Village.
The four-story townhouse has just 990 square feet and is only 9.5 feet wide. It is the skinniest house in the city, sandwiched neatly between the other houses on the block. Inside, it’s less than 9 feet wide on the lower two levels and less than 8 feet wide on the two upper floors.
Yet, it boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a state-of-the-art custom kitchen, 4 wood burning fireplaces, original exposed beams, hardwood floors, a fully finished lower-level retreat, walk-in closets, balconies, and a rear garden.
By Manhattan standards, it is a large livable space on a tree-shaded street in a highly desirable neighborhood.
And, there is historical significance—built circa 1850, the townhouse was home at various times to poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and actors Cary Grant and John Barrymore.
This is the listing agent’s description:
When you think about downsizing, you think smaller. The key to living well in a small house is making the most of available space. This townhouse demonstrates how it can be done. Rooms are light and airy. Every room has built-ins for maximum use of space. Mirrors add dimension. The clean lines beg for minimal furnishings.
[right] Here’s an ingenious use of space. In the kitchen, the microwave and warming drawer are tucked neatly into dead space beneath the stairway to the upper floor.
(Photo: Will Femia)
With careful and creative planning, even the smallest space can be made into a comfortable home. Having less space encourages simple living. Less furniture. Less clutter. Less to clean. And more time for the things that really matter . . . like writing a Pulitzer Prize winning poem.
Photos: Town Real Estate and Will Femia.
Read more about this townhouse and its history at New York City Architecture
Illustration: “75.5 Bedford Street” by James Gulliver Hancock, 2012.