A $28.9 million single-family townhouse in Greenwich Village was recently marked down from its original asking price of $31.5 million. Located at 80 Washington Place, the 8,800-square-foot home is seven stories and the most expensive single-family townhouse listed in Greenwich Village.
John Philip Sousa, the composer best known for the march "The Stars and Stripes Forever," once owned the building. It was built in 1839, and in all its years, it's only been owned by three families. While the front is mostly comprised of its original brick in a Georgian style, the back is primarily glass.
Gildo Rainero bought the property in the 1960s and turned it into nine apartments. His grandson, William Rainero, grew up in the home. He took it over, added an extra story, and had the interior completely redone over the course of three years. Clodagh Design completed the renovations, while restaurateur Silvano Marchetto designed one of the kitchens.
Right from the front entryway with its large white oak planks, this home commands attention. Considering its incredible amount of space in a city where the average size of a studio apartment is about 550 square feet, there are plenty of perks in this 22.5-foot-wide home. It's located steps away from Washington Square Park and also has its own zen garden and large rooftop space. It has a screening room, full spa/gym area, stone waterfall, fireplace, sauna, and billiard room.
There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, some with steam showers. The master suite spans the entire fourth floor, with just the closet measuring approximately 21 feet by 11 feet.
You'll never have to worry about adequate lighting, as there are 11 skylights, over 300 LED ceiling lights, and plenty of glass panes in the back to let sunlight in. And if you're the type of person who always gets cold, every floor is heated.
Worried about walking up all those stairs? The glass-walled elevator can help with that. Let's not forget the incredible views of the Empire State Building, as well as One World Trade Center.
There are four kitchens -- a gourmet kitchen, a catering kitchen, an outdoor roof kitchen, and a garden kitchenette. There's also a wine-tasting room, and in true grand fashion, there's enough room for 700 bottles.
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