280 West 4th Street is a 21’ wide, five-story Greek revival style brick townhouse built circa 1841. Nestled within one of the most desirable blocks in the West Village, it is currently configured as a four-unit house with 3 separate one-bedroom floor-through apartments and its crown jewel, a spacious triplex with artist’s studio and two terraces. It was once home to Charles Webster Hawthorne, mentor to Norman Rockwell and one of America’s most dynamic and forthright portrait painters and teachers of art. Hawthorne purchased the house in 1919 and added an art studio to the back. He occupied the house as his main residence during the height of the Impressionist movement in the U.S. Each of the floor-through one-bedroom apartments has been fully renovated and offers spacious living rooms with fireplaces, large bedrooms, and generous storage space. The garden and parlor floor units also feature private outdoor space. The triplex is currently set up as a one-bedroom, 2 bath unit with a large den and top floor artist’s studio. It could easily be converted into a 2 bedroom apartment featuring a full-floor master suite. Additional features include custom built-ins, wood-burning fireplace, terrace, and finished roof deck. This house is perfect as-is for an income-generating property or for conversion into a stunning single-family home. The property will be delivered vacant.
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