When they were built in the 1800's, important houses in the West Village featured a horse walk from the street to the garden. The gated walk at 234 West 10th is only one of the unique original features of this charming West Village home. The house is 20' wide and the horse walk fills in the balance of the 26' wide lot. Thus you have what is rare in a Manhattan house: side windows overlooking the horse walk into the garden. And while many Village houses sit on short lots, the beautifully landscaped garden here extends fully to the rear of the 96' deep lot. With no adjacent building to the east, this house offers windows on three sides. This charming 4-story townhouse also has a secluded and private terrace off the master 3rd floor. Currently configured as a 3-bedroom + office and 3 full and 2 half baths, the house also has a large, finished cellar. A glass roof allows sunlight into the below-ground space that is now used as an artist studio. The historic atmosphere, fabulous light and serene setting of this home make a visit here a memorable experience.
Parlor: The formal stoop entry brings you into the historically updated parlor floor with side, front and rear windows. The living room has two wood burning fireplaces and flows into the .adjacent formal dining room. The eat-in kitchen is in the deeply built extension at the rear, offering garden views, dramatic light and comfort. The garden has been beautifully landscaped and there is room for entertaining or peaceful contemplation. This quiet oasis is a gardener's paradise.
Access the garden either through the horse walk or under the stoop. Within the house on this level are a guest room with ensuite bath and a wood burning fireplace, and a proper laundry room. There is an additional half bath adjacent to the mechanical closet. Stairs lead to the parlor floor as well as down to the finished cellar. There are lots of cedar closets, storage cabinets and shelving on this floor.
Currently used as an artist's studio, the finished cellar can also be re-purposed as a recreation/media room. Though below grade, the glass ceiling and double height allows natural light to create a comfortable spaciousness to this space.
French doors lead into the 2nd floor master bedroom/bathroom suite. The large and sunny bedroom with three large windows and wood burning fireplace has built-in storage. A hallway with additional closets leads to an elegant master bathroom. An added unique and charming feature of this floor is a doorway that leads to a large and private terrace that is perfect for sunning, relaxation or a secret garden.
A slanted roof and skylight turn the front bedroom on this floor into a unique and enchanting room. Adjacent to this bedroom is another room used as a study but could be a second bedroom. There is also a full bathroom on this floor and additional closet space.