A West Village townhouse with a fascinating past and major architectural pedigree has just hit the market for a whopping $21 million.
The home in question is located at 18 West 11th Street, and the site is of particular interest to history buffs. A Greek Revival townhouse was built there in 1845, and at one point was home to Charles Merrill, who founded Merrill Lynch. The location is also where, in 1970, members of the radical group the Weather Underground accidentally set off a bomb that killed three members of the group, and all but leveled that historic townhouse.
The architect Hugh Hardy later bought the property with the intention of building a new residence on the site. He ended up selling the property to a couple who executed his striking vision: The house has Greek Revival bones that match the surrounding homes—brownstone basement, a decorative cornice near the roof—but an angled bay window juts out from the facade, giving the whole thing a more modern (and, at the time it was built, wildly divisive) appearance. The back of the house has a similarly angular look.
But wait, there’s more! The home changed hands in 2013 for $9.25 million, with the buyer basically gutting the interiors and creating what is now “a study in New York City contemporary luxury,” according to the new listing for the property.
Now, the house has four bedrooms (one of which is a full-floor master suite on the fourth floor) and four and a half bathrooms over more than 5,000 square feet; other additions include a living room with double-height ceilings, a high-end chef’s kitchen, custom everything, and a garden with its own outdoor kitchen and heated plunge pool. (It’s come a long way since 1970.)
This significant home at 18 West 11th Street is listed with Clinton Stowe and Melissa Bolotow of Douglas Elliman.