Friday, April 14, 2023

'Splashy' Chelsea Rowhouse Available for $33,000 a Month


To think I lived two blocks away from this place for nearly 25 years and didn't get invited to a single living-room pool party!

NYP reports that you can have the Hamptons without leaving Manhattan. From the front, this historic Greek Revival townhouse looks posh and buttoned up. But, like a mullet, it’s all business in the front — and party in the back.

Indeed, beyond the unassuming brick facade of this tony 232 W. 15th St. property, the interior is thoroughly modern and features an entire floor dedicated to an indoor swimming pool, installed in 1975. 

“Not only does the home have a full-size saltwater pool, it has a sauna and one of the most serene backyards in Chelsea,” Benjamin P. Dixon, who shares the listing with fellow Douglas Elliman agent Christian Poppell, told The Post. “It is living in your own personal Zen oasis.”

Go inside BELOW.

The unique urban amenity has resulted in real-estate blog Curbed once calling the property “Chelsea’s strangest house.” Despite its quirky crown, the home has been on and off the market since 2011 — finally selling last month for $9.5 million. 

Its new owner is now looking to rent the three-story space for a pretty penny, namely $33,000 a month. “Swim year-round in a dramatic 30’ long, 8’ deep heated saltwater pool beneath a double height solarium,” its listing boasts, adding that, in addition to the defining water feature, the triplex also has a double-height solarium, a poolside wet bar, self-irrigated planters throughout, four working fireplaces and a primary suite with a free-standing tub overlooking the garden. In all, there are seven bedrooms and 3.5 baths spread over 3,000 square feet.

Also, there’s a waterfall that cascades into the pool from the second story.

Inside the solarium.

“You feel like you’re on a permanent holiday,” former owner Evelyn McMurray Van-Zeller told the Wall Street Journal in 2011 of living at the address. “There’s almost no reason to leave the house [with] the pool, the sauna [and] the gym.” 

Question: Who wants to go halfsies for a summer rental?


VRCooper said...

Some people have too much damn money!!

It appears that they stripped the life out of the home. Yes, when you buy the home all the "stuff" is gone but still, I will need to bring it back to a place that invites you to stay awhile. And I need color.

I heard of high rentals in NY BUT $33,000 is steep. I will need to turn a few tricks for rent. And I realize I am not in my prime. Gotta get a few roommates.

I do love the outside of the home. The inside has nice bones. The pool is a nice/different touch. That waterfall would send me over the edge.

Have a great weekend.

Powerhouse said...

I was in that house once. Probably mid-80s. Met a guy, probably at Rawhide or The Spike. He was a psychiatrist or psychologist. The glass railing on the mezzanine overlooking the pool was the first floor, and the pool must have taken up a portion of the basement/cellar. I think he told me he lived with his mother. Likely why we fucked in a small guest room on the mezzanine/first floor. Most of the first floor had been removed to expose the pool below. One of two Manhattan houses I was in that had an indoor pool. Damn money for sure.