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The Trouble With 23 Cornelia Street

Photo: Al Siedman/VHT for The Corcoran Group/)2022 VHT Studios All rights reserved

Swifties will apparently pay anything for tickets to the Eras tour, but what about the West Village carriage house where Taylor Swift spent a few months in 2016? The 5,500-square-foot home at 23 Cornelia Street — where Swift lived briefly but, at least according to her lyrics, vividly, while her $50 million Tribeca loft was undergoing renovations — is now on the market for $17.995 million with Corcoran’s Laurence Carty. Whether or not it will sell at that price is a matter of debate among brokers.

The carriage house last sold in 2019 for $11.5 million, according to city records. It’s been renovated in the years since Swift rented it and has five bedrooms, four full baths, two half-baths, and a number of terraces with gas fireplaces. There’s also an indoor lap pool and a garage — unusual features that some brokers say could win over a deep-pocketed buyer. “I am the biggest fan of unique properties,” says Sydney Blumstein, a Corcoran associate broker who grew up in Greenwich Village and has sold a lot of real estate there. “You can’t comp out a private swimming pool on a quiet street like Cornelia.” For David Kornmeier, an associate broker at Brown Harris Stevens, the garage is the real draw for a certain tier of high-profile buyers who don’t like being photographed getting in and out of their cars: “Some people like having a pool and some don’t, but everyone likes a garage.”

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But other brokers I spoke with pointed out that you could get a lot more square feet in the neighborhood for $18 million. And some properties with similar amenities have languished on the market for considerably less: For example, 196 West Houston, a 7,200-square-feet home with a two-car garage that’s asking $12.95 million, has been on the market for 266 days. Or 33 Perry Street, which is now in contract, last asking $16.9 million for 8,668 square feet. “You can buy something much bigger for that,” says one broker. “And I know Cornelia is dreamy, but there are also a ton of restaurants on that block. It’s kind of busy.”

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Which also brings us back to the Swift connection. “It’s kind of tangential,” as one broker put it — likely not enough to motivate a buyer. But the singer’s brief tenure at the address has turned it into a destination for fans after her breakup with Joe Alwyn earlier this spring (for the non-stans, the song “Cornelia Street” waxes nostalgic about the early days of their romance), which may be a deal breaker for the kind of buyer who would pay nearly $18 million for a property with a private garage entrance. Walking out your door to the occasional horde of Swifties or sweeping up the bodega roses they leave behind may not appeal.

Taylor Swift’s onetime sublet at 23 Cornelia asks $17.9M