That fancy new High Line condo with private swimming pools thinks it's sooo cool, but it ain't got nothin' on the original Pool House, which just dropped back onto the market for $10.875 million. As its unofficial name suggests, the house, located at 232 West 15th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, is home to an eight-foot-deep swimming pool, right in the middle of the living room. The three-unit Greek Revival townhouse first hit the market back in 2008 for $11.5 million and saw a few pricechops before being taken off the market in 2012, when it was last listed for $9.95 million.
Evelyn McMurray Van-Zeller owns the house with her husband, but not necessarily by choiceaccording to a 2011 story in the Wall Street Journal, she inherited it from her brother after he died in 1995. She said that "this is a complicated house to inherit," but she took to the pool quite nicely. "You feel like you're on a permanent holiday. There's almost no reason to leave the house [with] the pool, the sauna [and] the gym."
The pool living room used to be filled with "artwork, antiques, medieval weaponry" (and a swing!), giving it a "cave-like medieval, Moroccan look," but the new listing photos show that they've all be cleared out. The pool is part of a triplex 4BR on the lower three levels that also has a private yard and atrium. There's a two-bedroom unit on the fourth floor, and the top two floors hold another two-bedroom that has a private rooftop deck. StreetEasy shows that these units rented for $4,000 and $5,200 this summer.
· Listing: 232 West 15th Street [Elliman via StreetEasy]
· All 232 West 15th Street coverage [Curbed]
· A Living Room Pool [WSJ]