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Record Set for Downtown Single-Family Home?

Downtown must be feeling a little jealous. While Uptown doesn't even bat an eye at a $20 million sale, all the South gets is, like, Rupert. But don't cry for Below 14th just yet, because here's some splashy news! The Observer's Max Abelson reports that venture capitalist/blogger Fred Wilson has gone to contract on selling his 55-foot-wide 1847 townhouse at 11 West 10th Street. No word on the price, but it was listed through Sotheby's for a whopping $37.5 million. Yowza! Wilson bought the home from NYU's Law School in 2000, although we don't know for how much. NYU bought it in 1996 from the Ladies Christian Union for only $3.9 million. Wilson brought in architect David Piscuskas to completely redo the interior of the five-story house, adding an elevator and a giant playroom among other things, much to the chagrin of Elliman's Jan Hashey, who presided over the deal between the LCU and NYU: "Charm isn’t exactly the word. It’s not an old Village townhouse anymore." Call it what you want, but don't call it cheap.
· $37.5 M. Village Townhouse [Observer]

[11 West 10th Street photo courtesy of PropertyShark]