Fashion aficionados now have the opportunity to live in a four-story West Village townhouse designed by Marc Jacobs.
The designer bought the 4,346-square-foot home as a blank palette for $10.495 million in 2009 and furnished the entire space, from the doorknobs to the bathroom marble, from scratch.
However, Jacobs and his new husband Char Defrancesco recently purchased a $9.18 million Frank Lloyd Wright home, dubbed the Max Hoffman house, on the waterfront in the Westchester town of Rye and have decided to downsize their real estate in the city, explained Sotheby’s International Realty agent Chris Poore, who is representing the listing.
The skeleton of the three-bed, 3 ½-bath urban mansion at 68 Bethune St., listed for $15.995 million, is the work of star architect Robert A. M. Stern, who designed a number of townhouses on the block. It is connected to the Superior Ink condo complex and has access to its gym, screening room and other amenities. The town-home’s resident can use the development’s doorman entrance and access their own dwelling through an underground passage, before taking a ride up through the floors on a private elevator.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” Poore said of the setup.
In his 17 years in the real estate business, Poore said he’s never before seen a home designed so thoroughly. Together with interior designers Paul Fortune, John Gachot and Thad Hayes, along with architect Andre Tchelistcheff, Jacobs added bespoke hardware from H. Theophile and marble to its bath and powder rooms. Even the light-switches are unique, in a vintage-inspired style from Meljac.
“Everything in the house is really done to perfection, there’s so much attention to detail,” Poore said. “It has such a warmth about it, you can tell that he’s a designer.”
The home, along with its oak-paneled living room and Jacobs’ Instagram-famous bull terrier Neville were featured in a July 2017 story in Architectural Digest, solidifying their place among real estate royalty.
The master suite, meanwhile, encompasses an entire floor and includes a mahogany dressing room and closet. Its bathroom is encased in Emperador Light marble and features two vanities, along with a soaking bathtub and custom fixtures from Waterworks.
On the top level are two guest bedrooms, each with their own private baths.
A New York City oasis is not complete without private outdoor space, and Jacobs’ townhouse has plenty of that too – 1,462-square-feet, to be exact. In the warmer weather, residents and their guests can enjoy a serene garden courtyard along with a rooftop terrace overlooking the quiet, tree-lined block.