Speakeasy-turned-townhouse rented for nearly $18K per month – Steve Griggs

Speakeasy-turned-townhouse rented for nearly $18K per month

We’re not quite sure what Simone de Beauvoir and other writers, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, would make of the current status of their favorite former speakeasy.

After closing in 2007 for nine long years, Chumley’s, located at 86 Bedford St., reopened last year in a townhouse rebuilt from the ground up.

It was resurrected as a high-end restaurant joint with writers’ photos and book jackets mounted on walls like museum pieces and fab food from chef Victoria Blamey.

Now the three-story house is also home to a finance guy, who’s just rented a duplex above the restaurant.

Michael Samuels, of Broome Street Capital, rented the renovated unit, which comes with its own roof terrace designed by landscape architect Steve Griggs, for $17,500 a month.

That amount was its asking price in July — down from its $20,000-per-month ask in June.

The 2,000-square-foot three-bedroom residence comes with a private entrance, high ceilings, fireplaces and skylights.

“Finding a place like this with outdoor space in the West Village is like a unicorn. It’s very rare. They don’t come on the market that often, and I wanted to jump on it,” Samuels tells Gimme Shelter. “Living above a historic speakeasy kind of makes you feel like you are part of it, and I like that.”

The 24.75-foot-wide townhouse was briefly on the sales market for $12.75 million until last month. The listing brokers, who also repped Samuels, are Christopher Riccio and  Matthew Pravda, of Leslie J. Garfield.

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