This property is no longer available to rent or buy. This description is from March 01, 2012
VERY LIMITED AFTERNOON SHOWINGS BY APPOINTMENT. Located in the heart of old-world Chelsea and its thriving art gallery district, steps from Chelsea Sports Piers, the acclaimed High Line Park, lively restaurants and excellent public transportation, this house has the extraordinary distinction of receiving designation as a Landmark in its own right in 1970. Built in 1849-50 by Philo V. Beebe, the house is part of a handsome unified cityscape of twelve four-story houses, set back behind fifteen-foot deep landscaped front yards. 447 retains its brick facade, rusticated basement, high stoop, long parlor windows and fine Italianate fleur-de-lis ironwork. Modifications include the neo-Federal front door enframed by sidelights with a small fanlight in the transom above, charming exterior shutters flanking the windows, and the modillioned roof cornice in the French neo-Grec style. The interior of the house has handsome proportions, Greek Revival door and window frames on the parlor floor, and several wood-burning fireplaces throughout. The lower duplex, with garden access from the first and parlor floors, a large balcony off the back parlor, and three bathrooms, currently serves as offices, retaining an openness and flexibility on the parlor level that lends itself easily to multiple uses, including private art dealership, studio or architectural practices, or reconversion to single-family residential use. Lovely light and views, beautiful room proportions and a serene and immensely charming ambience characterize the three-bedroom/two-bath upper duplex with its large set-back terrace, high ceilings, sky lit upper floor, sauna-style master bath and potential roof deck.