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Pristine 174-Year-Old Townhouse In the West Village Asks $26.5M

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The historic townhouse has been updated for modern life

Nestled between West 4th and Bleecker streets, the townhouse at 74 Bank Street is one of those charming buildings that hides away its surprisingly spacious 6,000 interior square feet. Its interiors are unfussy yet pristine, making it unsurprising that the townhouse was the subject of a 2012 Architectural Digest feature.

The owners taped architecture firm Leroy Street Studio and interior designer Christine Markatos Lowe to remake the space after they purchased it in 2005 for $8.35 million. "Frankly it was hard to see the potential," the owner told AD of the townhouse when they bought it, "It was a bachelor pad." The former owner had caked the home's moldings in maroon and mustard paints; upkeep was minimal. The result of their renovation is a townhouse with spaces that conform to modern life yet honor the house's 174-year history.

The cellar level has been remade into an open kitchen and an informal living area and dining area, with the parlor floor giving way to a more formal living space and dining room. The third floor is used now as a master suite including an office, and the house is topped by three smaller bedrooms. The townhouse is now on the market asking $26.5 million.