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West Village Townhouse With Many Chandeliers Asks $24M

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An 1833 townhouse built on farmland owned by John Jacob Astor—nowadays to be found at 21 West 10th Street—is on the market asking $23.9 million. The home has never housed bovine or horses, as the Times mentions Astor wrote that proviso into a deed for the property, despite the intentional farmhouse feel of the 4,500-square-foot owner's triplex that features beams transplanted from a Pennsylvania barn and white oak plank flooring from a tree harvested by the owner himself, a regular Paul Bunyan. The remaining 4,500-square-feet of the five-story, 26-foot-wide by 72-foot-deep home is configured into six smaller units with "knockdown walls" for an easy transition to a single-family home, as the property is being marketed. An extra perk: the home is being sold with its splendid variety of chandeliers.

· West Village 'Farmhouse' [NYT]
· Listing: 21 West 10th Street [Sotheby's]