YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A meticulously maintained and skillfully updated 19th-century townhouse a tree-lined block just off historic Sheridan Square in Manhattan’s West Village has come up for sale at $16.8 million and property records show the sellers are noted entertainment attorney Rosemary Carroll and influential veteran record industry executive Danny Goldberg. Property records don’t show how much the Goldberg-Carrolls paid for the traditionally appointed yet comfortably casual townhouse but they do indicate the property was acquired in 1993 from pioneering advertising executive Louise McNamee and her now ex-husband, noted naturalist author Thomas McNamee.
Mister Goldberg, who started out as a music journalist and did PR for iconic rock bands like Kiss and Led Zepplin, also managed music industry heavyweights such as Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt and, until his 1994 death, Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain. He’s additionally served as president of three major record companies — Warner Bros., Atlantic and Mercury, was as a consultant on the short-lived HBO series “Vinyl,” and currently heads up Gold Village Entertainment, which he also founded. As for Miz Carroll, she’s a powerhouse attorney who once upon a time represented Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love and whose eponymous firm was reported last year represents a slew of music industry luminaries like the Dave Matthews Band and Kanye West. According to the critically acclaimed 2015 documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” Mister Cobain’s last will and testament stated that in the event of Miz Love’s death, custody of the famously erratic troubled couple’s then toddler aged and now adult daughter, Frances, would go to Mister Goldberg and Miz Carroll.
The decidedly stately and symmetrically elegant, 22-foot-wide Georgian Palladian style townhouse, where the Goldberg-Carrolls have entertained the likes of Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Muhammad Ali and Hillary Clinton according listing descriptions, was originally built in 1831 and stands four floors above ground plus a full basement. There are four roomy bedrooms on the uppermost two floors — three of them are en suite — and a total of 4.5 bathrooms in the approximately 5,000-square-foot main residence and a petite, utterly charming and quite rare carriage house at the rear of the garden, built in the early 1900s per listing details by painter gallerist and arts patron Clara Davidge as an inspirational writing space for three-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edwin Arlington Robinson, contains a sky-lit studio/living space, a minuscule sleeping loft, a dressing room, and another bathroom.
As might be understandably expected from the street facing façade, the main entrance to the house is not through the black painted door set between slender Corinthian pilasters under a scrolled pediment but rather, according to floor plans included with online marketing materials, through the glass and wrought iron door just to the right. A small entry vestibule opens to a stair hall with double doors to a bookshelf lined reception lounge/office and at the back of the ground floor there’s a long and narrow galley style kitchen and a 19-foot-long dining room with one house’s six working fireplaces as well as a particularly pulchritudinous, room-wide bank of leaded glass windows that provide access to a picturesquely tree-shaded and flagstone paved garden. Upstairs on the parlor floor a large drawing room that’s plenty large enough to comfortably accommodate a baby grand piano spans the full width of the house and features distinctive and elaborate ceiling detailing, loads of book-filled built-in bookshelves, and a trio of arched windows that overlook the street while a baronial paneled library at the rear has a small reading nook and overlooks the garden. An elevator services all four floors of the house as well as the basement where floor plans show a large laundry room, a full bathroom and oodles of storage space.
The townhouse is listed with Leslie Mason at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.