There’s a row of homes along King Street in Soho that have remained extremely faithful to their mid-19th-century origins, despite the changes that have occurred in their surrounding environs. When the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District in 1966, they called that row—comprising Nos. 40 through 44—“perfect” and “a great example of survival.”
The homes survive to this day, and one of them, at No. 44, is now for sale—though its price tag of $9.95 million is substantially different from what one might have expected to pay in 1966 (that’s an understatement).
It’s currently configured as four different apartments, though the listing notes that it has the potential to become a “grand, single-family home” once again. And it has many of the elements you’d want in a historic-but-renovated Manhattan townhouse: There are three wood-burning fireplaces with original mantles, built-in bookshelves, and more. An expansive backyard—not something you find everyday in this part of town—is also part of the package.
A buyer looking to go single-family would have to bring the different units back to uniformity, which would no doubt cost a pretty penny. But for someone who wants to own a piece of NYC history, it could be worth it.
- Listing: 44 King Street [Compass]