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Historic Chelsea townhouse, available for first time in 30 years, wants $9.9M

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The house is one of several in Chelsea once owned by Clement Clarke Moore

This historic Federal-style townhouse on one of Chelsea’s "most coveted landmark streets" (West 22nd, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) comes with a literary pedigree: the home was once part of the estate of biblical scholar Clement Clarke Moore, best known for having written "A Visit From St. Nicholas," a.k.a. "‘Twas the Night Before Christmas." (Did he actually write it? That is a question for another time.)

Built for Moore circa 1835, the 25-foot-wide house still has plenty of original period details, including the "intricate" iron railings, high ceilings, a grand parlor, and seven separate fireplaces. Plus, as the listing notes, the "lovely salmon-colored brick façade" makes a "striking first impression."

The current asking price for the seven-bedroom, four-bathroom residence is $9.875 million. It’s just down the block from the so-called oldest house in Chelsea—also once owned by Moore—which is on its way to becoming a megamansion.

Right now, the place is configured as a 3-family home, with one two-bedroom duplex and two spacious two-bedroom apartments stacked on the upper floors, though it would also make a "generously-sized single-family home," if that’s more what you’re into.

The interior doesn’t appear particularly revelatory from the pictures, but the light indeed looks fantastic, and the various fireplaces lend an air of dignity. A definite highlight: the sprawling back garden, which offers tons of seating and plenty of greenery.

The location’s not too shabby either, in close proximity to Chelsea Market, the High Line, and, the listing can’t help but point out, Google’s New York headquarters.