25 feet of townhouse frontage on one of the prettiest blocks in the East Village (12th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), with a massive 43-foot living space on the parlour floor, complete with two wood-burning fireplaces, 14-foot ceilings, and original 19th century windows: this can be yours for $18,500 per month. Better yet? It comes furnished in the ladylike American prep embodied by, say, Kate Spade—which makes sense when you consider the owner was one of the four founders of the fashion label. She bought the spread in 2007 for $4.3 million and renovated with a light cosmetic touch, letting the "crumbling brick" speak for itself. (This is after divorce from a "temple to architectural perfection, a trophy penthouse apartment" designed by Rogers Marvel Architects.) A 2008 Times profile by Penelope Green goes into the decor details, if you're curious about the couches that rent will cover.
· Listing: 215 East 12th Street [Stribling]
· On East 12th Street, a 'rambling home' renting for $18,500 monthly [EV Grieve]
· When Perfect Is Not the Goal [NYTimes]