Merz Designed Home in Willowtown on the Market for $7.5 Million

The home at 40 Willow Place designed by Joe and Mary Merz is on the market for $7.5 million dollars.

It sounds like it’s worth every penny if you go by the brokerspeak:

The perfect marriage of sleek minimalism and functional modernism, this spectacular home is a one-of-kind masterpiece, designed by Mary and Joseph Merz, and recently renovated and expanded to perfection by the original architects themselves. Spanning over 45′ wide, this home offers the drama of an open and expansive living space, allowing you to live a contemporary loft-like life with all the homey benefits of townhouse living; including multiple outdoor spaces, total privacy, and your very own garage. Double height ceilings with radiant skylights; glass, steel and oak custom staircases; a glass penthouse with Japanese soaking tub; chef’s… kitchen with eight burner Blue Star Range and three ovens; and a dramatic rear curtain wall on the living spaces and bedrooms that brings light streaming into the house all day. The flexible layout includes 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a 1500 sq. ft great room with slate wood burning fireplace as centerpiece; a library; a family room; and a large double height recreation room that functions equally as a play room, a media room, or both. Every room has been transformed with custom cherry millwork & closets, offering hidden storage at every turn. No luxury has been spared, including a 5 zone heating & cooling system, large wine cellar, Niles sound system, Japanese landscaping, glass & slate bathrooms, and a Zen-like master suite complete with private access to a penthouse with partial Manhattan views, media closet, & gas fireplace.

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  • stuart

    It is a lovely house.
    The current owners have “done it up” beautifully, adding an exquisite rooftop room and just polishing it up like a big fancy diamond.

  • Muskrat

    Spent many hours playing and hanging out at this home as a kid – it’s a wonderful place and space.

  • Livingston

    I remember seeing a portion of the house as well as the yard on my first BHA house tour years back (the tour introduced me to the neighborhood). Loved the modernity and openess.

    Since then, I’ve often wondered how such a modern house was built on a street w/ so many lovely, mid-19th century homes — it really stands out. Today the BHA would be throwing a fit, to say nothing of the neighbors. Anybody have any history on this? Was it built pre-historic disctrict?

  • Gerry

    This looks like the house that John and Lenore had lived in for years on the corner of State and Willow next to the park?

    This is a beautiful home but the walk to the subway is a killer.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    I found out that the house sold in 2003 for 3.1 million.
    This is a link to the history of Willowtown. They mention 40 Willow Place in this article.

  • Alisa

    Please don’t buy this; I will cry!