Everybody has little nooks and crannies of New York that they would simply die to live in. For example, one of our very favorite buildings in the city is the Northern Dispensary, which lies empty at the intersection of Christopher, Grove, and Waverly in the West Village. Edgar Allen Poe was once treated for a head cold there! But it has gone to seed since the Gottliebs bought it in 1998. Perhaps our favorite block in the city is MacDougal Alley, the little private street a block up from Washington Square Park. We used to think that only NYU professors and departments occupied the adorable little row houses, but today we learn from Curbed that there are still some private residences there. And one just sold! Originally on the market for $7.85 million, 7 MacDougal Alley — a home filled with light and modern design — sold a few days ago to art-gallery director Gordon Veneklasen for $5.5 million. According to StreetEasy, the house has "Private Street Parking Included. Double Height Ceiling. 2 WBFP. Backyard. Roof Deck. Recent Renovation. Crestron. Wine Cellar. Media Room. Perfect Home. Radiant Heated floors throughout. James Turrell light installation in living room ceiling." This may be the only time we ever say this, but: only $5.5 million?
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