A Manhattan townhouse once owned by actress Meryl Streep has been listed by its current owner, Johnson & Johnson heiress Elizabeth Ross “Libet” Johnson, for almost $16 million.
Located 19 West 12th Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village, the 6,824-square-foot, Late Greek Revival mansion was built in 1845. The five-story brick house is 25 feet wide and 52 feet deep, and can be configured for up to eight bedrooms. Features in the house include a gated garden level entrance leading to a bedroom with a small kitchen and an en-suite bath. The third floor has a master suite with a wood-burning fireplace plus an office. Other features in the home include a two-tiered garden, pocket doors that open to a grand living room, and a full staircase to the roof, according to listing information.
Streep bought the property in 1995 through her Beaver Dam LLC corporation, which is named for the street that she lives on in Taconic, Conn. She sold it in October 2005 to Johnson’s Falconer LLC corporation for $9.1 million, meaning that Johnson is asking for a pretty significant trade-up. The house’s broker told the Wall Street Journal that the reason for the high asking price is because of the rising market for townhouses and a “scarcity factor” for the higher price.
Streep and her sculptor husband, Don Gummer, have made several changes to their real-estate portfolio over the last few years. In July 2004, they sold a 5,600-square-foot Chelsea condo in the building at 206 West 17th Street—where Harrison Ford owns a penthouse—for $3.8 million. Gummer had used that condo, which they had bought in 2001 for $1,884,000, as an art studio. And then they sold the Greenwich Village town house in October 2005 because they decided to move to a penthouse in the new brick River Lofts tower at 92 Laight Street in Tribeca, which they bought in early 2006 for $10,131,588, according to public records.