After two years, a renovation, and a glossy spread in Architectural Digest, Marc Jacobs co-founder Robert Duffy has decided he's done with his skinny-mini house at 35 West 12th Street. The fashion mogul just dropped the four-story, 2,700-square-foot 19th century abode onto the market for an even $8 million. Duffy paid $5.2M for the 13-foot-wide house in 2011, moving from a 22-footer at 62 Bank Street, so one could assume that the cramped quarters finally got to him. But he told AD in October 2012, "I get freaked out by a lot of space. [...] I like small rooms. I'm a nester." He even told AD, "I can see spending the rest of my life here." Lies!
AD, helpfully, also details the renovation, which took only two months. Duffy hired Stephan Jaklitsch of Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects (the same guys who do Marc Jacobs' stores) and decorator Richard McGeehan. The kitchen, dining room, and powder room were gutted; the staircase was replaced; and the mechanicals and electrical wiring was upgraded. There's also a sunken garden, a few decorative fireplaces, and four bedrooms. No "major architectural work" was needed, so does the makeover warrant the extra $2.8 million?
· Listing: 35 West 12th Street [Town via StreetEasy]
· Robert Duffy's Historic Manhattan Townhouse [AD]
· Marc Jacobs Exec Swaps One West Village Pad for Another [Curbed]