A West Village townhouse that was once owned by two influential publishers (and where the likes of John Lennon and Norman Mailer partied), has just hit the market, asking $17.95 million.
The three-story, 5,780-square-foot house has three bedrooms, four full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, a garden, and two terraces. It also has an elevator, a gym, and a two-car garage. Some of its interior details include its large, triple-paned windows—which allow for plenty of light to come in—hardwood floors, and 13-foot ceilings in its master suite. The garden has several bamboo trees and the parlor floor terrace has flowering orange trees.
Barney Rosset, who was the founder of Grove Press and published works like Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, gut-renovated the former warehouse at 196 West Houston Street in 1967. During his time living at the house, he partied with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Norman Mailer. His favorite part of the renovated house, according to a 2007 New York Observer interview was its two-car garage, which was a modern feature at the time.
City records show that he owned the house up to the late 1980s when he sold it to another publisher, Peter Mayer, who served as chairman and chief executive at Penguin Group between 1978 and 1997, according to the New York Times.
Today, it is unclear who owns the house (according to city records, it’s Shatter Scape Holdings LLC), but the place is definitely still as interesting as its previous owners.
Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens has the listing.