Rebuilt 1836 Townhouse in Manhattan’s Chelsea Historic District Now Includes a Tiered Garden

Nathan Law

LISTING OF THE DAY Location: West Chelsea, Manhattan Price: $25 million Behind its 1836 brick facade, this five-level townhouse in the heart of the Chelsea Historic District has been entirely reconstructed and reimagined as a stylish modern home with three distinct outdoor spaces. “There are very few spec townhouses that […]


LISTING OF THE DAY

Location: West Chelsea, Manhattan

Price: $25 million

Behind its 1836 brick facade, this five-level townhouse in the heart of the Chelsea Historic District has been entirely reconstructed and reimagined as a stylish modern home with three distinct outdoor spaces.

“There are very few spec townhouses that are ever built and designed and sold to a secondary market,” said listing agent Jim St. André, of Compass.

Beyond the Greek-revival exterior, the home on West 20th Street was developed by Sterling Equities, with architecture by Andre Tchelistcheff Architects and interior design by Gachot Studios. It took five years to secure approvals and rebuild the 25-foot-wide townhouse, which included excavating the lower level to create a new suite of amenities.

The 1836 brick facade was carefully preserved in the rebuild and renovation.


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Only 15% of the townhouses in Manhattan are 25 feet or wider, Mr. St. André said.

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“There are a lot of really smart real estate people who came together on this project,” he said. “It’s rare to find a developer who will spend the appropriate amount of money and do everything to the level that someone would build for themselves. Sometimes what’s behind the walls is not what we hoped it would be, shall we say.”

By late 2020, “we were substantially complete,” he said. “One benefit of the protracted process brought on by the pandemic is that it gave us more time to think about the design of the house and the materials and the layout and the staging.” 

“All of that really came together,” he said. 

You enter the 16-room home from the front steps into the gracious parlor level. It features a formal dining room, a mahogany-clad butler’s pantry with an electronic dumbwaiter, and a 25-foot-wide living room with 12.5-foot ceilings and three sets of French doors that open to a balcony overlooking the tiered and landscaped rear garden. 

An exterior curving staircase leads from the parlor level down to the rear garden.


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The rooftop terrace has multiple seating areas and surprisingly open panoramic views across Manhattan.


Dean Kaufman

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There is also an entrance to the home below the stoop, with a bedroom at the front of the house.

Take the curving staircase or the elevator down to the garden level, which features an open kitchen, a second dining area and a family room that opens directly to the garden.

The custom kitchen by Gachot features Imperial Danby marble and Absolute Black granite counters, a handmade Lacanche Savigny range, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, and custom Valli & Valli hardware, according to the listing. A fully outfitted pantry holds additional prep space, refrigeration and access to the dumbwaiter. 

Other architectural and design details in the townhouse include European white oak floors in a chevron pattern, custom woodwork and plaster moldings throughout, mahogany pocket doors with unlacquered brass hardware, oversized windows, hydronic radiant floor heat throughout, Lutron lighting controls and automated shades.

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The basement offers nine-foot-plus ceilings, a wine room, a screening room and a gym area.

The floor above the parlor level has three en-suite bedrooms and a den. The primary bedroom suite takes up the entire top floor, with a south-facing bedroom, ample closet space, a bar with refrigeration, a dressing room or office and a sitting room that leads to a private terrace. 

The bathroom in the primary suite is clad in Bianco Dolomite marble, with a freestanding Duravit Luv bathtub, a steam shower and Waterworks fixtures, according to the listing.

Take the stairs from the primary suite to the rooftop terrace, which has multiple seating areas and surprisingly open panoramic views across Manhattan. 

“It’s almost like you have penthouse views, but you’re in a townhouse,” Mr. St. André said.

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Stats 

The 7,058-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and three partial bathrooms. 

Amenities 

Amenities include a tiered garden, a terrace off the primary bedroom suite, a rooftop deck, multiple fireplaces, an elevator, a screening room or lounge with an adjacent wet bar, a wine cellar and a gym. 

Neighborhood Notes 



The townhouse is in the heart of the West Chelsea neighborhood, with easy access to the West Village and the Whitney Museum.

Other nearby attractions include the restaurants and shops on Eighth and Ninth avenues, Chelsea Market, the High Line, Chelsea Piers and the galleries in West Chelsea.

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Agents: Jim St. André and Robert McCain, Compass

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