Don’t Laugh! You Can Buy Ricky Van Veen’s West Village Pad for Less Than He Paid

  • Although he’s invested in brand new Chelsea condo, Ricky Van Veen still has to sell his old place in the West Village. Mr. Van Veen surely has fond memories of his former digs from whence he launched his much documented foraging expeditions. All good things must ultimately be sold, however, including (and maybe especially) N.Y.U.-adjacent bachelor pads.

    Mr. Van Veen purchased the the co-op, located at 720 Greenwich Street, for $1.35 million back in February of 2008, city records show. The apartment is now listed for slightly less at $1.3495 million.

    The Observer spoke to Mark Chin, the Town Residential broker handling Mr. Van Veen’s former abode. While he refused to discuss the proprietor, he was happy to dish about the space.

    “The nice thing about this building is that it’s a very old building,” Mr. Chin said. He cited the barrel vaulting as a key element of the prewar building. “What that means is you have a foot and a half of conerete and masonry between you and your neighbors,” he said, making the space a quiet sanctuary, perfect for cracking jokes without the guffaws annoying the folks upstairs.

    The loft-style one-bedroom  spans 1,000-square-feet in an angular layout. With river views and exposed brick walls, the place is perfect for a West Village-inclined bachelor looking to make moves on nearby coeds.

    eknutsen@observer.com