Chelsea Historic District Townhouse
327 West 20th Street, a five-story landmark townhouse built in 1861 by William S. Hunt in the Italianate style, is located in the heart of Chelsea's Historic District on one of the finest tree-lined, townhouse blocks. This two-family home is currently configured as a gracious 4 floor owner's residence with private entrance, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, office, 40 foot deep garden and cellar.
A separate 1 bedroom garden-level apartment, with private entrance and fireplace, can be used for rental income, a guest apartment, or integrated into the owner's residence. Both the owner's unit and the garden-level apartment have access to the garden.
This sunny, light-filled private residence enjoys unobstructed northern and southern views overlooking 20th and 21st Streets. Architectural details include recently restored, landmark-approved brownstone facade, cornice, and lintels, new south-facing windows, original interior sweeping staircase with skylight atop, and 3 marble fireplaces.
Upon entering this home at the parlor level, the welcoming foyer leads into the seating area, study, and one of the two spacious living rooms with French doors that access the lush garden - a private and peaceful oasis that is perfect for entertaining.
The 3rd floor kitchen and family room boast 10 foot high ceilings and 7 foot tall windows - sun washed, bright, and airy. The kitchen offers Viking Professional Series appliances, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and stainless steel counters that combine chic industrial and modern country living. The kitchen flows into the family room, which has a fireplace and unobstructed northern views.
On the 4th floor, there are two bedrooms with unobstructed light to the north and south; the rear bedroom captures views over the garden. There is also laundry, a 22-foot long wall of storage closets, and a full bathroom on this floor.
The 5th floor master suite occupies the entire top floor with an ornate oval skylight. The sun-flooded, king sized master bedroom has south-facing windows overlooking 20th Street and downtown. A sitting area, master bathroom, and a large walk-in closet/dressing room complete this master suite.
The garden level apartment, with a private separate entrance, offers the same pre-war charm as the main house. The apartment has proven to be a reliable source of rental income. Also, subject to the Landmark Preservation Committee, it is possible to expand this home and/or convert it into a single family residence.
The location of this West Chelsea home is walking distance to the High Line, Hudson River Park, the Whitney Museum, Chelsea's Art Gallery District, Chelsea Market, Chelsea Piers Sports Complex, Avenues: The World School, Hudson Yards, Young Woo Super Pier, and an array of upscale restaurants and shops. If you appreciate privacy, modern elegance, and pre-war charm, this is the home for you.