ndoor/Outdoor Living In The West Village

By Patricia Canole | Photography by Mike Finkelstein

Radical and old guard, quaint and glitzy, authentic and ersatz, Greenwich Village is anything but a homogeneous neighborhood. In the 1790s, the area’s country estates were sold off and developed by landholders. Weavers, sailmakers, and craftspeople moved into rows of modest homes along streets that followed the boundaries of the old estates and travelers’ paths. Then in the 1830s, prominent families began to build townhouses in and around Washington Square, which had become a public park in 1828. To this day, the Village has retained its residential character. Every style of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, culture, and history intermingles here, from the gracious classical houses to converted stables as well. History is everywhere you turn—including West 4th Street.

With careful reverence paid to the home’s historic past, 313 West 4th Street has undergone a meticulous two-year renovation. The 20-foot wide, four-and-a-half story (plus finished basement) residence now features five bedrooms, seven bathrooms encompassing some 5,300 square feet of sumptuous living space alongside 800 square feet of private outdoor space.

Originally constructed in 1836, the home sits among one of the oldest intact block fronts in the West Village. Constructed in the Greek revival style, this stunning townhome has been called the “best preserved” house in the row by the Historic District report.

The parlor level opens to a stunning glass-and-steel foyer, laid with marble. Herringbone quarter-sewn white oak floors adorn a large rear living room, which features a wall of atelier-style windows and a handsome wood-burning fireplace. A helical staircase curves elegantly from level to level, while the elevator services the basement to the 4th floor.

Smart home features are integrated throughout this well-planned residence, as well as a comprehensive security system and Lutron lighting. Full-house humidification, wall sensors with individual thermostats for each room, and radiant heat flooring under hard surfaces provide year-round comfort. Additionally, the entire home is wired for sound with Bowers & Wilkins speakers.

Number 313 offers the epitome of indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. The garden floor is served by well-stocked kitchens inside and out and anchored by an exterior mudroom entry with storage. A sunlit breakfast room abuts the open chef’s kitchen, which boasts a massive Lincoln Statuario marble island and features top-of-the-line appliances. Paved in bluestone, al fresco dining in the spectacular multi-level landscaped garden is effortless, thanks to the full outdoor kitchen. The basement also holds a built-in Loracani TL-30 safe, custom temperature controlled 500-bottle wine cellar, and a large media room.

The serene full-floor master suite is graced with a decadent pass-through dressing area and luxurious bathroom, featuring a full slab Bianco Dolomiti steam shower with bench. Above the master level, you’ll find two gracious bedrooms, each with well-appointed en-suite bathrooms. Crowning the home is a sun-filled space that is equally suited as an additional bedroom suite, artist’s studio, home office or den.

Set on a quiet, sun-soaked block, 313 West 4th Street, is at the center of one of the world’s most sought-after residential enclaves. Esteemed fine dining and historic watering holes stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the surrounding streets, and the magnificent Hudson River Park, High Line and Whitney Museum are all within easy reach from this stunning West Village abode. The $19,995,000 home is stunning where no expense was spared.

For more information on 313 West 4th Street, visit Leslie J. Garfield, lesliegarfield.com.

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