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For $6.9M, a landmarked Upper West Side townhouse designed by Rafael Guastavino

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The home dates back to 1886 and has been renovated over the years

Photos courtesy Douglas Elliman.

Update: As stunning as this six-bedroom abode at 129 West 78th Street is, it hasn’t managed to find a buyer. The 19th-century mansion is now asking $6.9 million— $1.6 million than it originally sought when it first hit the market last November. Hopefully the new price will help get the place sold.


On the Upper West Side, an “award-winning” landmarked townhouse with a bit of celebrity pedigree has hit the market with an $8.5 million price tag. The 3,700-square-foot home dates back to 1886, when it was designed by 19th-century Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino (who also designed the original City Hall subway station), and has since received a series of renovations over the years but still maintains plenty of original charm.

Per the listing description, actor Brian Kerwin purchased the home in 1993 and in 2003, he converted to the four-story home into a single-family residence with a restoration helmed by architect Zach Watson Rice. In 2015, it won the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award.

The home gives way to six bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a host of lovely details that include stained glass windows, elaborate decorative fireplaces, French doors, and plenty of wood trimmings. The windowed chef’s kitchen, located on the garden level, has been fitted with fancy stainless steel appliances and there is a kitchenette located on the parlor level that has access to the garden as well as a sizable breakfast bar.

The third level hosts the master suite where there is a decorative fireplace, a huge walk-in closet, and an ensuite bathroom with a clawfoot tub. The rest of the home accommodates a laundry room, a media room, a full basement, two decks, and a patio.