It’s Free to Look: 12 East 11th Street

An understated treasure in the heart of Greenwich Village with a whiff of history seems just the place to attract potential buyers oblivious to the perils of renovation.

Twelve East 11th Street has been in the same family for almost 50 years, according to the listing. But for just under $10 million, an "extensive and responsible" renovation could be yours to undertake.

Located in a historic district, the building is currently used as a five-apartment complex, but the "visionary buyer" could easily convert it into a family home, according to listing brokerage Brown Harris Stevens. The nearly 6,000-square-foot brick townhouse built in 1900 features period mantles and a pilastered doorway.

The original owner, James Gallatin, has some tenuous claim to fame: He was the son of the guy who helped broker the Treaty of Ghent ending our ass-whooping (for the second time in 30 years) of the British. In more recent history, Elizabeth Wurtzel crashed here after graduating from Harvard, where she wrote her TMI memoir. — Laura Kusisto

Live where Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote Prozac Nation! And where the son of the guy who negotiated the end of the War of 1812 used to own! It’s the East Village, baby, and it’s open 24-7.  

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