$13,800,000 $14,995,000
Updated 4 hours ago
Price drop
Greenwich Village, Manhattan | Ave of the Americas & Varick Street
10.5 Rooms3 Beds5.5 Baths7,200 Square FeetSingle Family

$13,800,000 $14,995,000
floors / apts3 / 1
Lot Size25'11"x127'
Built Size25'x96'
Building TypeTownhouse
RE Taxes$62,448
Price Per SF

Listing Features

  • Oversized Windows
  • Central AC
  • Gas Heat

Outdoor space and views

  • Deck
  • Garden [23'x26']
  • Terrace [22'x19']

Building Amenities

  • Voice Intercom
  • Alarm System
  • Elevator
  • Garage
  • Laundry Room
  • Roof Deck
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room

Property Description

West Village Mansion with 2-Car Garage and Stunning Entertainment Spaces

196 W Houston is a contemporary 25-foot-wide townhouse offering a discreet life of private luxury in the heart of Manhattan. This sleek 7,200 square foot city mansion encapsulates 3 large bedrooms, 5 full baths, and features a massive two-car garage, over 1,900 square feet of serene outdoor space spread across each level, an elevator servicing all floors and the roof garden, a fully equipped chef's kitchen with wine storage, smart-home sound system, sauna, and more. Exploring the sun-drenched space across its 3 expansive levels, you will be invited from one stunning space to the next. 196 is definitively the most light-filled townhouse on the market, featuring oversized skylights and large windows on every floor, ceilings reaching more than 13 feet, and generously sized living areas throughout. Originally built as a carriage house in 1899, this magnificent property provides a greater amount space spread across fewer levels than the traditional townhouse.

The primary level is 25 feet wide and nearly 100 feet deep, displaying the complete depth of the home. The great room is perfect to showcase a private art collection or for hosting dazzling parties. The vast entertainment space is also outfitted with an elegant fireplace and wet bar. At the north end you are invited to enter a lush bamboo garden, separated only by expansive glass windows. The entrance of the home features a travertine-clad waterfall wall in a dramatic corridor, leading into the formal entertaining area. Also included is a state-of-the-art digital security system with video feed and locking vestibule for 24/7 package delivery.

On level two is the formal dining area, den, and luxurious eat-in chef's kitchen; ready for any culinary professional to prepare a Michelin-star dinner. The kitchen features a 6-burner Bluestar gas stove with flat top and dual ovens, warming trays, and an array of appliances including a Miele espresso maker, dual Sub-Zero wine coolers, dual Sub-Zero refrigerators, and dual dishwashers for easy cleanup. The Sub-Zero wine coolers offer the discerning collector room to store 300 bottles in a UV-safe, humidity-controlled environment with multiple temperature zones and cherry-lined roller glide shelves. On the north side of this floor is a plush media center and lounge, enclosed by a house-width skylight and sliding glass doors. The den is awash with bright light throughout the entirety of the day and offers a seamless transition into the second large private garden. This lovely private garden is one of the three outdoor areas perfect for enjoying outdoor barbecues, cocktail parties, and alfresco dining.

Level three contains the stunning primary bedroom and guest suites. Enjoy a secluded region of the home with 13-foot ceilings, two full baths, and a kitchenette. In the primary bedroom is wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the peaceful garden below, an oversized runway-style walk-in closet, and a lavish bathroom boasting a skylight, glass shower, and soaking tub.

Perched atop the home is a grand rooftop terrace. Step out of the elevator to find a luxurious place to enjoy the sun or shade with plenty of space to invite and entertain your guests. The elevator also provides access to the lower level with more than 1,600 square feet of finished space. Here you will find the spacious gym, 6-person sauna, full bath with rain faucet, half bath, as well as the laundry room.

This notable property has been a hot spot for entertaining famous musicians and writers such as John Lennon, Elton John, and Norman Mailer. Barney Rosset, pioneer publisher and owner of the Grove Press, resided at 196 W Houston with his wife, renowned artist Joan Mitchell, for nearly two decades before the next famous publisher, Peter Mayer of the Penguin Group, purchased the house at the end of the 1980's. Since then, the house has undergone extensive renovations and modernizations, turning it into a smart home which is an ideal space to relax, entertain, and enjoy modern luxury in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in all of Manhattan.

Listing History

$13,800,000 [-$1,195,000] [8%]
Price Drop by George Vanderploeg
Douglas Elliman
Initial Price by George Vanderploeg
Douglas Elliman

Building Details

OwnershipSingle Family
Building TypeTownhouse
Service LevelVoice Intercom
Year Built1899
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Transit and Citi Bike


Houston St
0.09 miles
Spring St
0.17 miles
W 4 St-Wash Sq
0.31 miles
Christopher St-Sheridan Sq
0.33 miles
Canal St
0.43 miles

Citi Bike

King St & Varick St
0.1 miles
MacDougal St & Prince St
0.12 miles

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Sunday, October 9, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Greenwich Village | Manhattan

Quick Profile

Birthplace of beatniks, Greenwich Village has always been a neighborhood bursting with creativity, home to artists, poets, musicians and writers. There is a lot of foot traffic in the neighborhood, as it gives convenient access to many other neighborhoods. There are a lot of popular eateries on MacDougal Street and bars on Bleecker Street. The neighborhood has a bit of a college-town feel, due to the presence of NYU. There aren’t large chain stores here, so it isn’t really a mecca for shopaholics, but you can find interesting vintage stores and specialty boutiques.

Available housing is centered on pre-war walk-ups. You can find good deals on the quieter, tree-lined side streets, as opposed to the bustling avenues. There are pockets of brownstones and townhouses, some dating back to the early 19th century, throughout the neighborhood, as well. You will find more luxurious housing in the newer high-rise buildings on Park and Fifth Avenues.

Washington Square Park is the heart of the neighborhood. If you sit near the Arch and close your eyes, you might catch an echo of the music and social history of the Park, floating through the air. Greats like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon started their storied careers right here in Greenwich Village. Today, the Village is a celebration of diversity, where everyone is welcome.

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OLR ID: 42714TH