I remember meeting the infinitely stylish Hamish Bowles at a Stanley Korshak event in the late 2000s. For those of us who work in luxury retail, it was quite exciting to meet at length Vogue editor known for encouraging readers to dream dreams far beyond their bank accounts.
So of course I was fascinated then New York Times broke the news that Bowles’ Ninth Street Greenwich Village co-op was on the market. Built in the mid-1920s, the 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath antebellum duplex still retains nearly all of its original architectural details.
“It’s one of those old village flats with character; the way the village used to be,” according to Chris Poore, a broker with Sotheby’s International Realty, which has the listing.
Not surprisingly, the first-floor apartment is offered with “zero staging,” Poore added.
The living room alone has 16-and-a-half-foot ceilings, green damask walls, a wood-burning fireplace and an intricately designed chandelier.
Additional custom features include Milanese-style pediment-topped bookcases, the handiwork of Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli of Studio Peregalli, and Agencie Group, a New York architectural firm. And then there is a whimsical trompe l’oeil door in the dining room.
“It’s really funny because guests come in and you can see they’re just fiddling with this handle and don’t know why they can’t open the door,” Bowles said in a Vogue video released earlier this year.
The primary bedroom on the second floor is equally outlandish – in a good way.
Think statement bubblegum pink floral walls and multicolored green carpet. And it suits a fashion icon, it’s coveted closet space. (Bowles “was born a dandy,” according to a 2013 New York Times piece.)
Note to future buyers: One of the apartment’s wardrobes, originally a Juliet balcony, can be restored to its natural state.
The apartment also has a spacious plum-toned foyer and galley kitchen complete with marble worktops, wooden cupboards and black and white flooring. Adding to the allure: a trove of Bowles’ personal treasures—or what he calls “objects”—that range from vintage books to antique furniture.
It turns out that the 59-year-old British native has already moved back home to London. In addition to his duties at VogueBowles also serves as editor-in-chief of Conde Nast’s interior design magazine, The world of the interior (which featured NYC co-op in a 2014 editorial).
The 68-unit building — designed in 1925 by Harvey Wiley Corbett — has had its fair share of celebrities.
Notable names include Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell, actor Chris Noth, and designer Jonathan Adler and his husband and former creative director of Barney’s, Simon Doonan.
As for potential buyers, Poore says he hopes to find someone who appreciates the owner’s taste. Anyway, “bones are great, whether it’s someone’s taste or not.”