It’s Free to Look: 155 West 12th Street

The forecast according to this cheery townhouse is sunnier times ahead.

Built by merchant Peter Remsen in 1841, who made a fortune importing sugar, spice and everything nice, this brick single-family home is unchanged by these cynical times. There are still eight wood-burning fireplaces, ceiling medallions, and more floral and frills than the Easter Parade.

If you’d been lucky enough to live here 150 years ago, you could have hobnobbed with John Adams. As it is, the neighbors include actor-director Mitchell Lichtenstein and Donna Zaccaro, daughter of Geraldine Ferraro. If this mix of culture and politics is a little too high brow for you, Daniel Radcliffe also owns a spot down the street.

The $12 million price, according to the Douglas Elliman listing, also has a touch of old world – and by that we mean 2007 – optimism. --Laura Kusisto 

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