Liv Tyler has parted with her longtime home in New York City’s West Village. The actor and former model, who relocated to London last year with her family, recently sold her fully restored, four-story brownstone at 255 West 11th St. for nearly $17.5 million. The sale, done privately, was one of the top closings in New York City in November.
Tyler became somewhat of a fixture in the West Village after buying her brownstone in 2001. Shortly after the purchase, she undertook an extensive restoration of the building, which had been carved into apartments, with the help of the London architect Ben Pentreath.
In a tour of the home last summer with Architectural Digest, Tyler explained how she gutted the building and meticulously renovated the space with many architectural details reminiscent of the late 1800s, when the house was built, along with modern flourishes.
“This home is special to me,” she said, without any hint that she might be selling, “because I bought it when I was in my early 20s.”
The property features a lush garden with a large blossoming magnolia tree in the rear, off the kitchen. The parlor level, just above, contains a large living room with a fireplace and a library separated by pocket doors, which were used throughout the house.
The bedrooms for the children (she has two sons and a daughter) were on the next level. The master suite encompassed the entire top floor and included an en suite bath with subway tile accents and a dressing room with hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. There’s also an attic, where Tyler kept her film memorabilia, including a sword from the “Lord of the Rings” series in which she had starred.
But her secret “favorite place,” she said, had been the laundry room in the basement, which was once “like a dungeon.”
Last year, Tyler and her fiancé, Dave Gardner, a British sports and entertainment manager, bought a town house in London. According to public records, the buyer of the Manhattan house was a limited liability company with an address linked to an East Hampton address, once owned by fashion designer Betsey Johnson.