"The half is back!" proclaimed an excited e-mail from a tipster this morning. And indeed it is: 75 1/2 Bedford Street, NYC's skinniest house, is back on the market. Dramatic price increases with each flip attempt are nothing new for the townhouse, which sold for $1.6 million in 2000, was asking $2.75 million in 2009, and found a buyer willing to pay $2.175 million in early 2010. Even so, the new price is a whopper at $4.3 million. Part of the draw is the boldface names that have been associated with the house over the years, including Cary Grant, John Barrymore, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and anthropologist Margaret Mead. This time there's one other factor: the 990-square-foot house just got renovated!
The mid-1800s house?a 3BR, 2BA?has just been "meticulously restored," according to the brokerbabble. Now the inside looks something like this:
Flooring throughout is reclaimed rift and quarter-sawn antique oak. The beautifully appointed kitchen features white oak cabinetry, custom millwork, Crema Ella Italian marble countertops and backsplash. The windowed master bath, with a balcony overlooking the planted garden, is exquisitely designed with a claw foot tub, separate shower, mosaic tiles, Italian marble and English Lefroy Brooks fixtures. Each fireplace is framed with natural Travertine marble. All of these modern conveniences have been seamlessly integrated, including central air, washer/dryer and new radiators throughout. The 2nd bath features Dolomite and Calacatta marble. The listing photos don't show much of the home's new look, but check out what there is in the gallery above. For comparison, here's a pre-renovation peek from the old listing: