In a celebrity real estate perfect storm, Meryl Streep and David Byrne are both looking to unload eerily similar townhouses on the same block of West 12th Street (between 5th/6th Aves). Which should you buy? Inside, a painstaking Curbed analysis, with photos, floorplans?and our pick.
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Streep: A little frilly, a little chilly.
Byrne: Badass spartan loftiness.
Streep: Funky roof deck.
Byrne: Funky eat-in kitchen.
Streep: Verdant, sunny, delicious.
Byrne: Cold, gray, bleak.
Edge: Streep. (Unless you like it nasty.)
Streep: $12 million
Byrne: $5.9 million
Edge: Streep. After all, money talks.
Streep: 6,824 sq. ft.
Byrne: 6,090 sq. ft.
Edge: Streep. But is the difference large enough to justify a $6m price difference?
Edge: Streep. Again by a hair.
Edge: Byrne. Though Streep takes the head-to-head matchups 4-1-1, we can't help but throw our weight behind Byrne's obviously more refined decorating touch. Besides, we're saving a cool $6.1 million to spend on, um, party favors.
· STREEP: 19 West 12th Street [Douglas Elliman]
· BYRNE: 50 West 12th Street [Douglas Elliman]