Listing agent Debbie Korb of Sotheby's International told AOL , built in the 1800s, was a labor of love for the Boogie Nights and Short Cuts star, who in 2005 undertook the massive renovation with the help of brother-in-law Oliver Freundlich from the Brooklyn-based architecture firm Made. Freundlich, a graduate of Yale architecture school, helped his famous sister-in-law achieve the look and feel she desired. It was very easy for her to work with her brother-in-law, and Korb says, "They certainly made beautiful music together."
What they accomplished, Korb says, is nothing short of brilliant since "Julianne has an amazing sensibility and although the house was gutted, the original moldings and floors were maintained yet it has central A/C and 20th century furnishings hand-picked by her and a very modern bathroom at the front of the house. It's the best of old and new. There is nothing shabby about it and it's maintained it's integrity."
The 6-bed and 6-bath (3 full, 3 half) nearly 5,000-square-foot townhouse had been off the market for a year. Therewere two interested buyers who changed their minds due to the economy. Korb says they were afraid to commit but that fear of commitment is slowly disappearing in the market.
"Now people are really looking and there's a lack of luxury inventory and the West Village is one of the most expensive areas in the country," Korb said. "We put it back on the market just last week and we've been flooded with calls."
As far as townhouses go, it's fairly large and yet very practically done. There's a floor for the grownups, one for the kids and another that incorporates both with a playroom and an office. There's also an incredible garden. "All the elements people are looking for and who don't want to be doing the work themselves," Korb says.
Situated on a quiet block between Washington and Greenwich Streets it's not as close to noisier Bleecker Street, but is closer to the highway. The very quiet West Village block also has a charming cafe, is a block away from the Hudson River Park which is good for running and biking. Conveniently located to the West Side Highway, it's great for folks who want to get away to the Hamptons for the weekend and let's be serious, whoever buys these digs can most likely afford a weekend jaunt there.
There's also a parking garage directly across the street and the attendant brings the car out for Julianne and her husband every day, which is almost like having a valet service. "They like using their car and taking their kids to school," Korb says.
So why are they moving from a home they so lovingly renovated? "They really enjoyed living there but they're ready for a change," Korb says. "It's a really special house and I show a lot of houses but this one has a very special aesthetic all created by Julianne, it's truly reflected in this house."
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