The nine-and-a-half-foot wide townhouse at 75 1/2 Bedford Street, the skinniest house in the city and one of the West Village's most photographed curiosities, has just hit the market for the first time since 2000. The asking price for its three floors and 990 square feet? $2.75 million, but really, why put a price on such history? The mid-1800's house (it's exact construction date isn't 100% known) counts many poets and artists among its previous inhabitants, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna St. Vincent Millay, who got the plaque treatment on the building's facade. Cary Grant and John Barrymore are rumored former tenants, but rumors don't keep the actors from getting plugged in the house's Corcoran listing. The recent history of 75 1/2 Bedford is also pretty interesting, if you're into West Village property values. And we are!
In 1994, the house was purchased for $270,000 by occasional architect Christopher Dubs, who pumped $200,000 into a renovation of the red-brick wonder, which is in a protected landmark district. Dubs listed the place in 2000 and a bidding war drove the final sale price up to $1.6 million. A nice return on his investment, but is the Village's tiniest house worth $2.75 million almost a decade later? The Real Deal checked in on 75 1/2 Bedford back in February '08, and in a far sunnier market the estimate at the time was that the house could fetch $2.5 million. As for the house's fate, the listing has some suggestions, including a "charming vertical hotel suite." Here's the floorplan (click to expand):
· Listing: 75.5 Bedford [Corcoran]