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'Ultimate New York City Secret' Sells for an Even $13 Million

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Somehow 196 West Houston Street escaped our notice during its 451 day stint on the market, but eventually a buyer paid it some attention. The 3BR, 5BA, two half-bath property came to market in early 2012 asking $14.95 million, with some serious namedropping in the brokerbabble:

This former warehouse was transformed with an eye for quiet privacy and grand entertaining, hosting the likes of John Lennon and Norman Mailer. Built 25 feet wide and 100 feet deep on the ground floor with an entrance gallery, a wet bar and a 60 foot Great Room with nearly 12 foot ceilings perfect for a private art collection. The second level is a massive chef's kitchen, flooded with Southern light and outfitted with professional grade appliances and a dining room with a sliding glass wall opening onto a terrace. The third floor consists of three bedrooms and three bathrooms with solarium ceilings. The roof deck has outdoor showers and the finished basement, a former recording studio, is now a steam room and yoga studio. The ultimate New York City secret -- you never know what is behind the facade. Dun dun dun. In this case, what's behind the facade was pricechopped to $13.8 million and just sold, according to public records, for $13 million. Both the buyer and seller are LLCs, and the seller purchased the place for $12 million in 2007.
· 196 West Houston Street [StreetEasy]
· Sold Stuff archive [Curbed]