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Five Stories of Luxury

The New York Times // Jun 27, 2014

A classic brick Greek Revival townhouse at 10 West 10th Street, one of the more idyllic of the tree-lined residential blocks in Greenwich Village, is poised to enter the market at $24.75 million.


The annual property taxes on the five-story residence, built just west of Fifth Avenue in 1844 but progressively and luxuriously updated since then with no 21st-century mechanical or cosmetic detail overlooked, are $84,099.


The 26-foot-wide, nearly 8,500-square-foot home takes up its entire lot, providing unusual depth and adding an eastern exposure to several of its 21 rooms — the front facade faces north, its primary exposure. The formal entrance is on the parlor floor atop the front steps, but there is a garden-level entry for staff, or those disinclined to climb stone stairs. The interior of the house is served by an elegant spindle staircase as well as an elevator.


The townhouse has seven bedrooms, eight-and-a-half baths, three wood-burning fireplaces and multiple outdoor spaces, the most prominent a serene and private 26-by-13-foot planted terrace on the top floor. The 34-by-10-foot home gym in the basement has stone walls, a ballet barre and an adjacent sauna and steam shower.


On the parlor level, where the ceilings are about 12 feet high, the 16-by-24-foot living room off the foyer has a white marble fireplace, decorative molding, oak herringbone floors and two north-facing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street. The living room connects to a 16-by-20-foot formal dining room with a fireplace and glass doors that open onto a 15-by-11-foot terrace with eastern exposures.


There are a powder room and a recessed butler’s pantry off the main hallway. According to the listing broker, Shaun Osher, the chief executive of CORE, the design of the opulent paneled library/den at the back of the parlor level was added by the current seller, the philanthropist Andrea Soros Colombel, after she and her husband, Eric Colombel, acquired the property eight years ago for a then-record price, $11.5 million.


Mr. Osher said the couple also commissioned a major renovation of the 25-by-11-foot kitchen on the garden level; it now has a French-made, burgundy-hued La Cornue range, a Wolf double wall oven, blond wood cabinetry, glazed terra-cotta tile walls and backsplash, and marble countertops. There is a supplemental service kitchen, a 10-by-14-foot breakfast room, a staff office, and just off the garden-level entrance, a 17-by-14-foot guest suite equipped with its own kitchenette and tile bath.


The 16-by-24-foot master suite, augmented by a 15-by-9-foot corner library and an auxiliary 12-by-15-foot bedroom/nursery/study with a fireplace, encompasses the entire third floor. A walk-in closet/dressing room, with three walls of built-in cabinetry, leads to the master bath, which has an oversize soaking tub, a corner glass shower, a marble vanity and mosaic tile walls.


The fourth floor is set up as a children’s province. A 25-by-17-foot playroom with an en-suite bath has north-facing windows above the street, and there are two more bedrooms and baths. The fifth floor is all about relaxation: The 19-by-21-foot family room has skylights and a wall of glass interspersed by French doors that open onto the north-facing main terrace. The adjoining casual “breakfast kitchen” and dining area open onto a 12-by-12-foot side terrace, and there is a small bedroom or “meditation room” tucked at the back.


The townhouse was listed with the Corcoran Group for $29.5 million in late 2012 but was later withdrawn. Mr. Osher, the listing broker for the record-setting sale in 2006, said his fondness for the property and his conviction that he could sell it quickly because of its immaculate condition and its location motivated him to approach Ms. Soros Colombel, whose father is the billionaire investor/philanthropist George Soros, with a new marketing plan.


“Yes, it’s back on the market, but it’s not like they have to sell it,” Mr. Osher said. “I priced this to sell, but not to give it away.”


Ms. Soros Colombel, commenting via email, said, “The house is perfectly located and a rare find because of its size, condition and beautiful details.”


Mr. Osher said he fell in love with the house the first time he sold it. “It’s like a real New York City gem on a special block, a rarefied space from the sidewalk to the roof deck and everything in between,” he said. “I feel like our price will be very attractive to the educated townhouse buyer.”

Original Article: The New York Times