You may have heard the news that one of the skinniest townhouses in NYC could be yours for a price. The famous Millay House in the West Village is on the market for under $4.5 million — down $500,000 from its original list price. Now is the time if you’ve dreamed of having a fraction in your address, 75 1/2 Bedford St. #TH. The house has retained much of its 1873 charm but has been updated with modern finishes like skylights, a designer kitchen, and white oak hardwood floors. Get the skinny here!
Manhattan Homes Under $1M on StreetEasy Article continues below
The Price: $4,490,000
We know this price is steep, even for the West Village, where the median asking price is $2.9 million. But to own an entire house and a piece of history for under $5 million could be considered reasonable by some. Especially when you think who came here before you — a slew of artists (and then some) including the house’s namesake and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, Cary Grant, John Barrymore, and William Steig — not to mention anthropologist Margaret Mead.
The minimum 20% down payment comes to $898,000. For a 30-year mortgage, you’ll pay $16,030 per month plus $1,583 in monthly taxes for a total of $17,613.
What’s To Love
The real stand-outs here are the original wooden beams, which you can find throughout much of the house. And speaking of wood, there are four (four!) wood-burning fireplaces — one in each bedroom, and another in the living room. Plus, you’ll love the house’s built-in shelving and storage.
The new homeowners will also be treated to two full bathrooms, both of which have been elegantly renovated. One features a spa-like walk-in shower and a claw-foot tub soaked in light from the balcony’s windowed doors. There’s also a powder room too in the basement.
The main floor features the kitchen, which is complete with a dishwasher, custom cabinetry, and Italian countertops. And one flight down, you’ll find the finished basement which can function as an entertainment or office space. Additionally, the basement is home to the laundry room.
But it’s not just what’s on the inside of the house that matters. Outside, you’ll find a gorgeous patio on the ground floor, plus two balconies on the second and third floors. And as if it couldn’t get any better, beyond your private patio, there’s a courtyard shared with a few other rowhomes on the block.
Manhattan Homes Under $600K on StreetEasy Article continues below
The Good and Bad
Of course, there’s the obvious: this place is super skinny. Most of the rooms are around 8-feet wide, with one of the bedrooms featuring a Murphy bed — most likely because having a bed out all the time would take up too much space. There are also tons of pocket doors to save space — a big plus!
And of course, having two bathrooms is a dream for many New Yorkers. Here they are both located on the second floor, right next to each other. So none of the bedrooms have an en-suite, and one of the bedrooms also doesn’t have any closet space.
But if you’re looking for a timeless investment that’s sure to make an amazing home, look no further.
Check out the listing at 75 1/2 Bedford Ave. #TH, listed by Hanna Oh of Nest Seekers International.