Townhouse pick of the week

Like a house with some history? This Soho townhouse is one of the oldest in Manhattan

By Mimi O'Connor | June 13, 2018 - 1:00PM 

The three-family townhouse can be converted into a single residence. 


Talk about character. This townhouse at 57 Sullivan St. in Soho with a Flemish bond brick facade was built in 1816 and is one of the oldest surviving houses in Lower Manhattan. It is listed for $7,750,000. 

For buyers looking to offset the price, the 21-foot-wide building is a three-family house. (The listing says the tax rate is low as well. ) The townhouse is currently configured as an owner's duplex with an English basement, and two one-bedroom apartments on the upper floors. It can also be combined into a single residence.

The owner's duplex has lots of historic details, like a wood-burning fireplace, wood floors, and a ceiling medallion, as well as modern touches like an open-plan living area, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and lots of cabinet space. 

The bedroom is in the rear of the townhouse, and also has a wood-burning fireplace, as well as garden views and access to the outdoor space. A full bath is on this level, too. 

The cozy stone-walled English basement contains a media room, den, office, storage space, and an additional bathroom. 

The apartments on the upper floors have updated kitchens and large bedrooms. Details include exposed brick and fireplaces, and there are skylights on the top floor to provide natural light. 

The upper rentals are currently occupied, but can be delivered vacant. 

It's hard to get more fashionable than this area, at the nexus of Soho and Tribeca, with Greenwich Village not far away, an area loaded with stores, restaurants and entertainment.


Mimi O'Connor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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