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19th-century Village farmhouse listed as “development site”

Preservationists concerned over fate of one of city's oldest houses; ask is $20M

July 15, 2014 04:05PM

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121 Charles Street and Andrew Greenberg

A 1,000-square-foot farmhouse in Greenwich Village hit the market for $20 million and is being marketed as a development site.

Preservationist groups have expressed concerns that the 5,000-square-foot site at 121 Charles Street could become a condominium building or three-story mansion. The city would have to approve designs, given it is located in a landmark district.

The house, dating back to the 1800s, is one of the oldest in the city. “Goodnight Moon” author Margaret Wise Brown was a resident in the 1940s, the New York Daily News reported.

Suri Bieler has owned the property for 26 years. ERG Property Advisors broker Andrew Greenberg has the listing.

“This is one of the most beloved and historic corners of the Village,” Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation told the New York Daily News. “We and many others would fight very hard to keep it that way.” [NYDN]Mark Maurer

  • WhyCompeteWhenYouCanCoerce

    Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation sounds very passionate about what happens with another person’s PRIVATE PROPERTY. Perhaps he should direct that passion towards raising some money from other like-minded preservationists (is this opposite of progressive, it’s confusing?) so he can buy the property in a fair market and then hold it forever in its current state. Surely, if this building is so important to the community then the community would be more than happy to throw a few hundred thousand each into a hat and buy the property. Let’s see how it plays out.

    • postjosh

      the district that the property is in has been landmarked for decades. the current owner was aware of this when they bought the property. preventing the tear down is no different than a gated community preventing someone from tearing down a property inside a private development or gated community. to expect a property to not have restrictions on it is not reasonable in greenwich village. anyone who bought a property with such expectations would be foolish.

  • Oouch

    Why is it that I can’t find the impassioned screes of the private property fans when it comes to tax abatement giveaways like 421a?

  • Papa B

    One of my favorite houses in west village. Classic. Historic. It looks like one suburban home in the middle of the city. Someone should buy it for $20 mill and keep it the way it is. Still will be a valuable land hold.

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