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Historic West Village townhouse with literary past wants $9.75M

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Author Donald E. Westlake and his wife called the place home for decades

A living room with a colorful rug, a light orange wallpaper, two couches, and a wood-burning fireplace. Photos: Dean DeCarlo, courtesy of the Corcoran Group

Charming (and expensive) historic townhouses abound in the West Village. This Bleecker Street home that just listed for $9.75 million not only has the old-world details of similarly aged townhouses, but also has a literary past.

Author Donald E. Westlake and his wife, Abigail, called the Bleecker Street building home for decades. Westlake, who wrote more than 100 books, including The Mercenaries, died in 2009 at 75 years old.

The four-story house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a terrace, space for an office, and a 1,000-square-foot ground-floor retail space that is currently renting for $32,000/month. Some of its interior details include high ceilings, hardwood floors, six wood-burning fireplaces, large windows, chandeliers, and French doors.

The Italianate-style townhouse, which sits in the Greenwich Village Historic District, was part of a row of seven houses built in 1860 by John D. Van Buren, according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report. It was last renovated in 2010.

It’s located at 409 Bleecker Street, between Bank and West 11th streets, mere steps from Bleecker Playground and Abingdon Square. The nearest train is the 1 at Christopher Street.

Taxes are $2,838.92/month. Jane Beal of Corcoran has the listing.

A kitchen with hardwood floors, white cabinetry, and a large window.
The house’s kitchen has white cabinetry.
A terrace with hardwood floors, planters, and two seating areas.
The terrace with seating areas.
A living room with hardwood floors, a rug, a couch, beige walls, a chandelier, and a wood-burning fireplace.
There are six wood-burning fireplaces throughout the house.
A bedroom with a large bed, two windows, and a wood-burning fireplace.
The master bedroom.