It’s Free to Look: 400 West Street

At 22 feet narrow, this $19.95 million townhouse's footprint is pretty unremarkable. But what it lacks in width it more than makes up for in outrageously efficient design.

The half basketball court on the ground floor might seem a bit excessive, but when night falls it transforms, werewolf-like, into a screening room with "vintage seats," according to the Douglas Elliman listing. This means you can entertain both your jock friends and your film snobs in the same room—just not at the same time.

The interior spans two worlds. Old and new design elements are thrown together so relentlessly that if you can stand the cognitive dissonance, you can experience both "old European feel" and "chic contemporary design" without walking out the front door.

Perhaps the only overindulgence of the building is that the master bedroom takes up the entire third floor. But don't worry: the fourth and fifth floors contain two bedrooms each, meaning that three of the five floors are entirely devoted to sleeping space. If you don't have four kids, you could easily transform the townhouse into the most luxurious tenement housing the city has ever known. — William Alden

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At 22 feet narrow, this $19.95 million townhouse’s footprint is pretty unremarkable. But what it lacks in width it more than makes up for in outrageously efficient design.

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