Destroying a hotel room is, like, so rock 'n' roll, but what about questionably redecorating (and possibly setting a small fire to) a $27,000 per month West Village rental? That's the kind of history that comes with this NYC townhouse, currently listed for sale at $11.25 million — after a $100,000 makeover the owner deemed necessary once infamous grunge band frontwoman Courtney Love moved out in 2011.
Donna Lyon, the owner of 250 West 10th Street, has previously listed the townhouse several times in the last six years without finding a buyer, but recently gave the property "a super-stylish makeover more akin to its pre-Love look, which he been done by previous owner and architect/designer Steven Gambrel," according to 6sqft, who first reported the listing.
The brick townhouse was built in 1826 and was previously subdivided as a single-room occupancy boarding house. In 2005, Gambrel purchased the building for $2.6 million and converted it back into a single-family residence with designer decor and features to the hilt. Gambrel sold the building to Lyon's company, Astor Street Partners, for $7,640,000 in 2010. Courtney Love moved in shortly afterwards (and her dramatic battle with Lyon was chronicled in detail by the New York Post's Page Six.)
Now fully restored to its former grandeur, as can be seen in glorious detail in the listing photos by Douglas Elliman, the West Village townhouse features exposed and lacquered brick walls, six original marble fireplaces (including a wood-burning one in the master bathroom), loads of natural light, cozy yet regal spaces for gathering in the garden-level kitchen nook and chef's eat-in dining spaces — including a newly renovated outdoor patio inspired by a French bistro. (There's also a divine wood-paneled walk-in closet featuring an original 19th century window and full dressing area the size of most Manhattanites own apartments.)
Moral of the story? Don't redecorate a furnished apartment, especially one that the landlord's lawyers might claim "is tantamount to destroying a work of art." Luckily for the future buyers of this property, the restoration seems like it might be even better than the original — or at least more current in its finishes.