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For $18M, a gut-renovated West Village duplex with design-world star power

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Deborah Berke revamped this duplex in a Cary Tamarkin building

There’s a lot of design-world star power present in this 6,000-square-foot duplex, located in the understated—but still quite luxurious—condo at 397 West 12th Street. The building itself, which was a hot commodity when it launched back in 2008, is the work of designer-developer Cary Tamarkin, who reportedly took the first floor as his own office when the development launched.

This particular unit, meanwhile, was scooped up for about $6.3 million back in 2010, and the owners set to renovating the shell of an apartment into a comfortable, family-friend home. To do so, they tapped design VIP Deborah Berke, who explained her process for decorating the space to New York’s Wendy Goodman in 2013:

“We wanted to make spaces that felt both formal enough for entertaining adults and ones that flowed naturally for different family-centered events. … The experience of the house should be one of discovery—everything isn’t given away all at once.”

Berke was also working with the couple’s design preferences; they wanted a home that reflected their “laid-back lifestyle, love of entertaining, and shared Indian heritage,” according to New York. The results are quite beautiful, with occasional pops of color—a pop of orange in the bedroom here, a cobalt-tile backsplash in the kitchen there—enlivening the otherwise neutral, modern space.

While many of her touches aren’t likely to remain when the property is sold (such as the couches, covered in a rich blue fabric from Knoll), others—such as a steel-and-glass staircase with oak planks and a rosewood handle—will, and the price reflects all of these additions. The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom apartment is now asking $18 million.

397 West 12th Street

397 West 12th Street, New York, NY