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Design-y West Village Townhouse Wants $13.85 Million

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The late author and New York Times writer Mary Cantwell wrote about her time in 21 Perry Street in the second volume of her memoirs, published in 1995. When Cantwell moved in, the house was a three-unit multi-family and the kitchen in her apartment "stank of cats." Things are much different now, though — the house was listed in 2007 for $7.75 million and sold, two years later, for $5.7 million. The new owners retained the services of renown townhouse designer Steven Gambrel, who has worked with the likes of Kiefer Sutherland and, more recently, gotten into a big fight with his neighbors over a tree. Gambrel renovated the place into a single-family townhouse that looks like it was ripped right from the pages of Architectural Digest. It's now back on the market asking a hefty $13.85 million, though to be fair, as the brokerbabble is quick to point out, fully renovated single-family townhouses in the West Village aren't all that easy to come by.

· Listing: 21 Perry Street [Sotheby's, via Streeteasy]
· Fame Slept Here [NY Mag]