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If These Walls Could Talk, They Might Mention the Stabbing

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The 2:30 a.m. stabbing on March 27th in the West Village, media reports eagerly pointed out, was on an "upscale residential block," right outside the townhouse at 256 West 4th Street. Now that same house is on the market for $5.725 million. A coincidence, or is the seller really paranoid that the neighborhood is heading back to the bad old days?

In terms of Village single-family homes, this one is small potatoes. It's just 15' wide and there's no garden to let the kids run free. But there is some history here:

Built in the post-Civil War late French Second Empire style in 1877 by Alexander McKean, this 15’ four story house has a Neo-Grec cornice, and a large segmental-arched doorway with paneled double doors at the top of a tall stoop, and ornamental cast iron railings. Originally built for Arnet Seaman, the interior retains much of its original detail.It last sold in 2006 for $5.05 million to Springs 6, LLC. Take a look at those original details in the gallery above, no bulletproof vest required. Here's the floorplan:

· Listing: 256 West 4th Street [Elliman]