Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Townhouse rich in art history for sale on 11th Street; air rights included



A lovely old townhouse at 217 E. 11th St. between Second Avenue and Third Avenue is new to the market.

Here's the pitch (H/T Curbed!) via Corcoran:

Built in 1856, this Anglo-Italianate style townhouse with a beautiful façade and high stoop has a lot to offer the right buyer. Rich in history, this was the home of Dore Ashton, a well-known writer, professor, and art critic. Ashton was the matriarch of the abstract art movement; seemingly, every major artist got their start at her home.



Bring your architect and customize this townhouse to your liking. Located on a tree-lined East Village Street, the townhouse stands five floors plus a basement. Currently configured as two units, there are six bedrooms and three baths. The layout offers multiple possibilities. Enjoy income while living in the upper portion of the house and renting out the garden level apartment. Alternatively, create a single-family dream home.

The townhouse features an impressionable parlor floor, high ceilings, and original details such as hardwood floors, moldings, and fireplaces. There are no tall buildings in the vicinity, affording very nice light. Perhaps best of all is the enchanting 60-foot garden, surrounded by other townhouse gardens creating openness and a feeling of serenity.



According to PropertyShark, considerable air rights are available. Property Shark shows the maximum usable floor area is 5100 SF, of which 2639 SF is used and 2460 SF is available.

Asking price $4.5 million.

Ashton, who taught art history at the Cooper Union, the New School and SVA, died in February at age 88.

10 comments:

Gojira said...

Can I get some more info about that "impressionable parlor floor", please?

Anonymous said...

No, please, dont bring your architect!!!!

Anonymous said...

I never leave home without my architect. (Shut up, you never know.)

NOTORIOUS said...

Good to know! David Schwimmer is looking for new historical properties to level.

Donnie Moder said...

Narrow, only 11.5' wide.

Anonymous said...

All that art and a 60-ft garden? No wonder Dore Ashton lived so long. What a dreamy property.

Ronnie said...

That block can be so dirty with trash always staked along the narrow sidewalk, you'll also have the noise from the new Danny Meyer restaurant (with sidewalk seating) on the corner of 11th and 3rd ave.

Anonymous said...

For a split second I actually thought the price sounded reasonable. Scary.

cmarrtyy said...

They're getting out before all hell breaks loose from the 2 restaurants across the street and the Moxy just across 3rd. Smart!

Anonymous said...

Noisy block, narrow sidewalk, and VERY narrow house. Would give most people claustrophobia (think about trying to get normal sized furniture into the house & up the stairs).

The asking price reflects how stupid buyers are & how gullible brokers expect buyers to be. "Bring your architect" - why, if it's such a fabulous townhouse?? More like "bring your architect and your entire bank account"!