Downtown developer wunderkind Ben "The Sledgehammer" Shaoul has taken a break from building dormitories and getting sued by his parents to try and flip a West Chelsea single-family townhouse at 450 West 25th Street. Shaoul bought the house last year for $2.7 million and has now put it back on the market for $9.985 million, but first he had to really Shaoul the place up, making sure that nary an original detail remained. Because if there's one thing The Sledgehammer cannot stand, it's previous-century relics trying to exist in one of his buildings.
The 6,624-square-foot house was redesigned by architect Wayne Turett, the guy behind such projects as condo development 15 Leonard Street and poker player Phil Galfond's East Village penthouse slide. This townhouse isn't quite as fun as the latter (really, nothing is) but it does feature quite a bit of glass, and not just on the outside. There's what we assume is a dining room (but good luck making anything out on the floorplan) that looks like a meeting room in a startup office as well as a glass staircase wall and a primarily glass back facade.
Shaoul and partner Marc Ratner bought the house from painter Christine Amarger, because it just wouldn't be a Ben Shaoul project unless at least one artist was getting displaced.
· Listing: 450 West 25th Street #TWNH [Urban Compass]
· Ben Shaoul Tries to Quadruple the Value of 450 West 25th Street [NYO]
· Ben Shaoul coverage [Curbed]