Manhattan’s Oldest Home Hits the Market with an $8.9M Price Tag

On the market, there are old homes and then there are old homes. For those with an appreciation for New York City history and all things antique, one listing stands out as the latter. According to Village Preservation, this townhouse is Manhattan’s oldest building used continuously for residential purposes and the oldest building in the Village. And, it’s currently in search of its next owner.

Built as a wedding gift for his wife, Catherine, by Nicholas William Stuyvesant—of the Stuyvesants for whom neighborhoods like Bedford-Stuyvesant and Stuyvesant town and this very address is named—44 Stuyvesant Street has stood in the East Village since shortly after they tied the knot on January 31, 1795. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how much those influential New Yorkers spent on the purchase and construction, but their eyes would no doubt pop out of their sockets at its price tag today. Asking $8.9 million, the Federal-style house retains incredible prestige and value.

The Stuyvesant family actually first acquired the land where the house stands in 1787, then part of Nicholas’s father Petrus Stuyvesant’s larger kingdom of farmland. When a lane, the lane that would become Stuyvesant Street, segmented the property, the lot on which Nicholas would build his freestanding structure came to be.

It was a great place for Nicholas and Catherine to raise their nine children until they left upon inheriting Nicholas’s own childhood home. Though they lived in an unrecognizable New York City, a family could no doubt enjoy the gracefully aging residence just as much today, especially with Tompkins Square Park just steps away. Spacious, too, the townhouse holds 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and 8 fireplaces within approximately 5,500-square-feet.

Monica Rittersporn of The Corcoran Group has the listing, which is part of the St. Mark’s Historic District.