Legendary Chef James Beard’s Former West Village Brownstone Lists for the First Time in Decades

For foodies and chefs all over, the mention of a James Beard Award is met with the utmost admiration. But, to possess the late chef’s former home and cooking school is a special honor few can boast. James Beard’s New York City residence (for both work and leisure) has arrived on the market for the first time since 1974 when Beard himself sold it. A townhouse located at the border of West Village and Greenwich Village, the building went up in 1849. Now asking $4.95 million in 2022, the spread retains much of its historic charms.

Originally, architect and builder Aaron Patchin designed the structure (part of a row of five) to match its neighbors with a ground-floor storefront with residential space above. According to the listing, this stretch was previously a prime shopping destination for sophisticated goods—housewares, antiques, and upscale children’s wear could be found and purchased. The ground floor remains a commercial space today.

From 1959 to 1973, Beard owned the building, living and running his school at the address. The three-story brownstone counts two bedrooms and three bathrooms within 2,268 square feet. Its good bones are undeniable, though the new owner can enjoy making it their own with customizations and updates.

There’s no telling the talent these spaces saw while Beard called it home. Jean Manon of Compass shared with the NY Post that Julia Child visited her good friend here. Perhaps on a quick getaway from her ‘Little Jewel’ in DC.