Perfectly restored, beautifully decorated West Village townhouses are seemingly a dime a dozen, but the home at 118 West 12th Street might have an edge over its tastefully outfitted brethren.
The home, which dates back to 1837, is owned by filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein—whose father was the famed Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein—and his husband, Vincent Sanchez. The couple purchased it in 1997, but it’s now on the market asking $25 million—and per the brokerbabble, it’s perfect for “the enthusiastic historian, the passionate art collector, or the visionary artist.”
A profile in the New York Times gets at why that effusive praise might actually be true. Over the years, the couple has filled the 5,600-square-foot space with all manner of treasures: “ancient Egyptian mud sculptures, early 19th-century silhouettes of people with puffy sleeves, scrimshaw, a mammoth’s tooth,” to name but a few. “Almost every room in the house is a cabinet of curiosities,” according to the Times, and the listing photos prove that.
Unsurprisingly, many of Roy Lichtenstein’s pieces can be found scattered throughout, too—including a painting of a turkey, which hangs (appropriately) in the kitchen, and a portrait the artist painted of Robert Kennedy, framed alongside a telegram from the late politician. Other artworks hang throughout the space, including along a gallery wall in the hallway.
The townhouse is also awash in 19th-century details, some of which are original to the home, and some that were added by a previous owner. Ornate gold mirrors in the parlor date back to the 1880s, and many of the decorative elements—moldings, the windows in the parlor, and the like—are from the same period. Its previous owners, meanwhile, added in 19th-century Zuber wallpaper in the formal dining room, which remains to this day.
So why are they selling such a gem? There’s too much space for the couple and their dog, Puppet. There are four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a “deep front garden,” and a lovely back garden that was added to the property in the 1930s. And for $25 million, it could all be yours.