Landmarked Manhattan Townhouse Owned by Artist Donald Baechler Hits the Market


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

The 21-foot-wide townhouse was one of a row of red-brick townhouses built in 1849-50 on West 24th Street and designated historic landmarks in 1970 for their architectural and historic value. Baechler, a painter and sculptor, bought it in 2007 for $4.45 million, property records show.

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Baechler emerged in the New York art scene during the 1980s along with artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His work is held by many 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 is selling the townhouse.

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

Mr. Halprin is co-listing the property with Jan Hashey and Abigail Agranat, also from Douglas Elliman.

The townhouse has permission for occupancy for two families. Across the top three floors, there are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a sitting room, a kitchen, a study and a workspace that can be converted into a bedroom, according to the listing agents.

The garden level, which has a separate entrance, has one bedroom, one bathroom, an open kitchen and a living room with a fireplace. It can be rented out if the new owner desires, the agents said.

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

Just one block from the High Line Park, it’s surrounded by galleries and fine restaurants, she added.

While New York townhouses, like single-family homes elsewhere, might not be as highly sought after as they were during the pandemic, “the flexibility and autonomy to use your own space is still a draw to many buyers,” Mr. Halprin said. “Plus, this townhouse is an excellent value.”


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