This four-and-a-half-story East Village townhouse was built in 1872 and its design incorporates artifacts excavated from the backyard by an archeologist. It has seven bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, abundant exposed brick and ceiling beams, decorative fireplaces, mosaic tiles, and most unusually, a basement-level performance space with a stage and mezzanine-level seating for guests.
There's also a first floor, one-bedroom apartment that could generate rental income for the buyer, which would come in handy given that the house is listed for $10.5 million.
The house also comes with some baggage: The Wall Street Journal reports that it belongs to the founders of Two Boots Pizza, and is being sold as part of bankruptcy proceedings following a messy divorce, which means the sale will have to be approved by a judge. The listing price is $3.5 million below a 2015 city assessment, according to the paper.
It's hard to know where to look first in the living room, but the intricately-tiled fireplace definitely commands attention. The space flows into the dining room, which has its own decorative fireplace, and the kitchen is just as detailed, with a backsplash made from china plates, high-end appliances, and room for more seating. The windows here overlook the backyard.
Each of the bedrooms pictured seems spacious and visually striking, though all that exposed brick can make it a challenge to decorate. The master bedroom, on the top floor, includes a walk-in closet and en-suite bath.
There's a small backyard, and the back of the house faces a small park. Located on East Second Street between First avenue and Avenue A, the house is three blocks from the F and M trains at Second Avenue.
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