You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at the listings photos, but the townhouse at 4 Bedford Street in the West Village is quite the neighborhood grande dame. It was originally a three-story house constructed in 1829, but a fourth floor was plopped on top sometime in the 1870s.
But after serving as an apartment building for more than a century, the house was in pretty bad shape—the facade was crumbling, the back of the building was falling down, etc.—and in 2014, a gut renovation was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. (It’s part of the Greenwich Village Historic District Extension.)
Now, the fruits of that transformation are on display: the townhouse was totally redone by Candace Dyal, a developer (and onetime HGTV personality) whose whole thing is eco-friendly revamps, and its new “smart” technologies—a Sonos sound system, motorized window shades, one-touch A/C, you get the idea—along with a rainwater-collecting green rooftop earned it LEED Gold certification. Nice, right?
As for the rest of the house, it’s lovely in that new-townhouse sort of way, with a floating metal-and-wood staircase connecting the different levels, modern en-suite bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen—again, you get the idea. The home’s crumbling facade, meanwhile, was restored and—for the rest of its modern upgrades—fits in well with the block’s other quintessential West Village row houses.
And now, it’s on the market for $12.5 million; not chump change, but also about the going rate for a fully-renovated West Village townhouse (literally—a house on Washington Street is asking the same price).
- Listing: 4 Bedford Street [Corcoran]