For the first time in 22 years, two connected West Village homes once owned by Occidental Petroleum’s art-collecting and bed-hopping Armand Hammer has hit the market.
The 1920s, the homes — a carriage house and a little townhouse at 183-185 W. 4th St. are asking $7.5 million.
Hammer, aka “Lenin‘s chosen capitalist,” is better known as the great-grandfather of his namesake, Armie Hammer — the troubled Hollywood actor who was an A-lister until he was canceled for alleged brutality against women including violent cannibalistic fantasies.
But wait, there’s more.
Since Armie’s double life as a twisted abuser was exposed, his father Michael has also been outed for owning a 7-foot-high “sex throne” that includes a creepy hook, cage and chair with a hole in the seat that he keeps at the Armand Hammer Foundation headquarters, according to reports in Vanity Fair and elsewhere.
Thankfully, these West Village townhomes have no horror rooms. The 19th-century carriage house, at 185 W. 4th., was converted into a residence in 1917, according to the Daytonian in Manhattan blog.
By 1922, Annette Hoyt Flanders, who had served with the American Red Cross in France during World War I and then became a landscape architect, moved in. Also in 1917, a one-floor artist’s studio with a mezzanine was built next door at 183 W. 4th.
By 1962, Hammer bought both structures and converted the homes, which by then had rental units, back into a single home.
“My understanding is that Armand Hammer was a colorful character and used it as his New York pied-à-terre,” said listing broker Debbie Korb, of Sotheby’s International Realty, whose past clients have included Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. “I think he brought ladies here. I don’t think he decked it out too grandly.”
The current owner are award-winning architects Anne Fairfax and her husband Richard Simmons. They bought the property from Hammer in 2000.
“I first met them when they did Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s Charles Street townhouse,” Korb said, adding that the West 4th Street “urban cottage” has been totally transformed on the inside. “It’s small but charming with a very English sensibility. It looks like something you’d see in London, off of King’s Road.”
There’s two bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, two fireplaces and a double-height living room for entertaining, along with a very English garden — and high-end finishes throughout.
Korb stresses that the homes, even connected, are small.
“It’s not a practical house for a family. But it works well for a couple, especially if you like to entertain. The living room has very high ceilings and it’s very grand and cheerful,” Korb said.
She added that although it is on a busy street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, the home boasts triple-paned windows.
“From inside, you don’t know where you are. It’s heavenly.” Korb said. “It’s like nothing you have ever seen in New York. When I saw it, I wanted to move right in.”