408 West 20th Street represents a rare opportunity to acquire a grand and lovingly maintained home on the most desirable street in Chelsea. Perfectly positioned on historic Cushman Row and overlooking the General Theological Seminary and its lovely gardens, this architecturally significant home offers tremendous curb appeal and a plethora of period details. In addition to its location, this outstanding property is blessed with the “holy trinity” of coveted townhouse features: exceptional scale, brilliant light, and large front and rear gardens. Boasting a width of over 21.5 ft and spanning 4,730 square feet over five floors (in addition to an excavated and finished 850 square foot floor below) there are impressive proportions and copious amounts of space throughout.
Upon entering the home’s parlor level, via its dramatic front stoop, the sense of scale is immediately apparent. Soaring ceilings perfectly showcase a myriad of priceless details including splendid hand-carved moldings and elegant mahogany doors with their original hardware. Perfectly proportioned for both large scale entertaining and quiet nights at home, the double parlors are anchored by twin black and gold Italian marble fireplaces and separated by mahogany pocket doors. Tranquil views of the Seminary to the north are rivaled only by those onto the stunning South-facing garden from the rear parlor’s period floor to ceiling windows.
The large and lushly landscaped garden, with its fountain and pond, is a bucolic oasis in the middle of the city offering ample space to entertain or simply to relax. The garden level is both loft like and intimate, featuring beamed ceilings, original wide planked floors, and an open plan accentuating its glorious light throughout the day. The south facing dining room is accented by a massive stone hearth and flanks a large and fully equipped chef's kitchen at the heart of the space. A family room to the north overlooks the home’s deep front garden and is centered around its own marble fireplace.
The three top floors feature an additional four fireplaces and are are currently configured as the bedroom floor of the owner's triplex with a 3-bedroom duplex apartment above. This home can be easily restored to a single-family residence large enough to accommodate as many as 7 bedrooms.
Moments away from the acclaimed Avenues School, Chelsea Piers, Chelsea Market, the Highline, Hudson Yards as well as countless restaurants, galleries and parks, 408 West 20th Street is a special offering and proof that you can have it all.