Iconic Manhattan townhouse owned by artist Donald Baechler hits the market


A historic Greek Revival townhouse in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood that was home to the late New York artist Donald Baechler has gone on the market for $6.1 million.

The 21-foot-wide townhouse was one of a row of red-brick townhouses built in 1849-1850 on West 24th Street and designated historical monuments in 1970 for their architectural and historical value. Baechler, a painter and sculptor, bought it in 2007 for $4.45 million, according to property records.

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Baechler emerged on the New York art scene in the 1980s alongside artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His work is held by numerous institutions and private collectors, including the Modern Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Baechler died of a heart attack in April at the age of 65. His estate sells the townhouse.

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“The townhouse retains many beautiful original details, such as wide-plank pine floors, wood moldings and classic marble fireplaces,” said listing agent Steve Halprin of Douglas Elliman. “When you walk in, you feel like you’ve left New York and are instantly somewhere. It has a very special quality to it.”

Mr. Halprin co-lists the property with Jan Hashey and Abigail Agranat, also of Douglas Elliman.

The townhouse has an occupancy permit for two families. On the top three floors, there are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, an office and a workspace that can be converted into a bedroom, according to listing agents.

The ground floor, which has an independent entrance, includes a bedroom, a bathroom, an open kitchen and a living room with a fireplace. It can be rented out if the new owner wishes, agents said.

“The townhouse has beautifully landscaped front and rear gardens with hydrangeas and roses,” Ms Agranat said.

Just a block from High Line Park, it’s surrounded by galleries and fine dining, she added.

Whereas New York townhouses, like single-family homes elsewhere might not be as sought after as they were during the pandemic, “the flexibility and autonomy to use your own space still attracts many buyers,” Halprin said. “Plus, this townhouse is great value for money.”

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