A former fashion exec is selling his historic New York City townhouse for $17 million

Quirky but elegant, with both original prewar details and modern updates

The historic brick townhouse
Former fashion executive Robert Duffy has just listed his 19th-century New York City townhouse for $17 million.

The historic brick townhouse, found just west of Union Square in Greenwich Village, is quirky but elegant, with both original prewar details and modern updates. It's a four-story, five-bedroom elevator building with 3,800 square feet and a private back garden.

Duffy, who helped co-found the Marc Jacobs International fashion brand and served as its CEO until 2015, is listing the townhouse with agents Frank Arends and Daniela Zakarya of the Arends Team of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Public records show it was purchased in 2013 for $10.25 million.

The townhouse dates back to 1839 and is located just across the street from Parsons School of Design in Greenwich Village. The neighborhood has long been a home of artists and cool kids. Duffy met Marc Jacobs at a graduate dinner at Parsons in 1983.

The owner's eclectic yet refined taste is evident in the furnishings: contemporary art and colored walls are offset with antique furniture, a traditional rug, and gilt accents.

The dining room continues the theme of modern-traditional juxtapositions. Blues and gold tones are also used throughout.

An 18-foot window wall floods the double-height living room with light from the private garden out back. The gas fireplace has an 18th-century mantle.

Here's another shot of the antiques and art on display throughout the townhouse.

The living room and dining room are washed in light from a new skylight cut into the roof.

The master bedroom, lined with built-in dark wood bookshelves, looks like a cozy place to curl up with one of the tomes on the wall.

Bathrooms are marble-lined; this one has a sunken tub and Waterworks fixtures.

This private terrace off the master bedroom would be a great spot to catch some sun.

A princess-style bedroom has fanciful blue drapes and painted walls.

Another bedroom is accented with French-country pastel fabrics.

The spacious kitchen has oak cabinetry, marble counters, and high-end appliances.

The private garden has stone furniture and plenty of lush green plants.


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