House Hunters Go To Great Heights for West Village Views

By DNAinfo Staff on September 25, 2012 6:43pm

25 Charles St., Apt. 6B

3-bedroom, 1-bathroom

$899,000

Maintenance: $1,457.97

WEST VILLAGE — Is the walk-up worth the walk up? 

That was the question nagging house hunters on Sunday, as they considered the pros and cons of the spacious, sunny sixth-floor co-op in the heart of one of Manhattan's most chic neighborhoods.

Dozens of prospective buyers seemed keen on the warmth of the six-room unit with high ceilings and such sought-after details such as a claw-foot bathtub, eat-in-kitchen and Southern exposure windows.

Several couples, who checked out the place, discussed ways of making it their own.

Some whispered: Could they tear down a wall to make the parlor more open?

Others wondered: Should they do away with a set of French doors, which separate a bedroom from the entertaining space? 

Would it be possible to add a half-bathroom?

Closet space was also a key concern.

"There's a lot of space, but it's a little overpriced," said a 42-year-old man who was a contractor, who was shopping with a 38-year-old female attorney.

"It's a six-floor walkup without amentities" such as a washer-dryer and elevator, but it would be perfect at "$800,000," he said.

"And there's one closet," added the attorney. "It's so small." 

"But it is in the West Village," they both chimed, conceding that maybe it was, in fact, a steal.

Another couple  a banker in his 40s and garment designer in her 30s  kept considering the closet situation, repeatedly circling back to the bedrooms to contemplate shelving options. 

The banker wanted to know how he could address storage space, joking with the agent that his companion had lots of clothes. 

"We liked it," she said. "It's a little small, but the light is beautiful. And we live in a pre-war right now, so we like the charm and the detail. We could always take out one of the bedroom walls and make it more open."

The banker was also worried about the stairs.

"The view is amazing. It's priceless," he said. "But what's killer: It's on the sixth floor! But maybe you'd get in shape?"

Anna Kahn, who is handling the property for Halstead, was confident buyers would find that the legwork necessary to reach the apartment was worth it.  

"It's one of the nicest views you could possibly get in the West Village," she said.

Kahn, responding to redecorating questions, agreed that the rooms were small in the current setup, but that the layout was flexible.

"There just aren't that many homes with that openness around," she said.

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