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West Village townhouse returns asking twice as much after $5M reno

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It’s rumored that the house was once owned by Johnson & Johnson heir Libet Johnson

A Federal Style-townhouse in the West Village, that was once rumored to be owned by Johnson & Johnson heir, Libet Johnson, is now on the market for $17.95 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. The house spans 4,500 square feet, comes with four bedrooms, and is one of 13 houses that have access to the private Bleecker Gardens, a landscaped green space that comes with a fountain, as per the Journal.

The current owner of the house is hedge fund manager Christopher Pia. He purchased the townhouse for $8.56 million in 2012, which is a significant discount considering the home was first listed that year for $13 million.

Pia and his wife subsequently spent $5 million on renovating the property including restoring the facade and changing up the interiors. The listing hasn’t gone live yet, but one of the quirks of this house apparently is the fact that it has the "largest laundry room in Manhattan, based on what Pia told the Journal.

Once the Perry Street home is sold, Pia plans to move to another townhouse or a condo in Tribeca or the Village. The three-story house was originally built in 1899, and the owner before Pia had paid $12 million in cash in 2008, according to The Real Deal. Curbed will update this post with new images and info once this listing goes live.