Narrow NYC celebrity digs sell for $2.2M

Jan. 14, 2010 at 3:34 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Greenwich Village rowhouse, once home to celebrities and believed to be the narrowest in New York, has been sold for $2.175 million.

WNBC-TV reported public records this week showed the house was bought by a corporation with a Florida post office box as an address. The price had dropped by $600,000 since the house went on the market in August but was $575,000 more than the seller, Stephen Balsamo, paid in 2000.

When the village was the center of New York's Bohemian and intellectual life, 75 1/2 Bedford St. housed many luminaries, including actors John Barrymore and Cary Grant, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and anthropologist Margaret Mead, although not all at the same time. A British newspaper, The Guardian, reported the Dutch-style gable was added for Millay.

The house measures 9 1/2 feet wide on the outside and a foot less on the inside. The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation says it was built in 1873, filling in what had been an entrance for stables in back of other buildings on the block.

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