The property that was once home to lingerie/fetish shop Le Chateau Exotique at 27 W. Mechanic St. in New Hope is being converted into a brand spanking new three-story luxury residence that was listed last week at $2,495,000 by Kurfiss Sotheby’s.
Le Chateau Exotique had already moved to its current location at 97 S. Main St. when the building was sold to custom home builder Alpha Genesis Design Build LLC for $750,000 last September.
In its place, Alpha Genesis will construct a 3,950-square-foot single family home with canal and downtown views from a 900-square-foot rooftop terrace.
The structure will encompass three levels of living space with an elevator, including a full-floor owner’s suite with bath, sitting area, and study, and two additional bedroom suites with private bathrooms.
The home also boasts two fireplaces, three off-street parking spaces, a custom kitchen, French oak flooring, and smart-home features controlling lighting, climate, music, security, and other functions.
“I think it is a unique home for a baby boomer who is downsizing, but doesn’t want to leave New Hope, or folks from New York City who want to be right in the middle of New Hope for a weekend retreat,” said Douglas Pearson, co-owner of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty.
Ugh. Awful. New Hope does not need this. The existing structure needs some lovin’ but is such a cute little space that represents New Hope style. It’s awful for it to become a behemoth (weekend???) home for a rich person. Converting the town to a rich weekenders residence is a very dangerous slippery slope. I sincerely hope the Borough puts a stop to this.
Yep, New Hope is now turning into a boomer villa, depleted of the very culture that made it special, and bought by rich developers hoping to make a buck off of folks who think it’ll be “like it used to be”.
Disgusting and will likely fail now that a pandemic is here. These sweet summer children have never known real hardship.
Congrats, New Hope. You are now a North Philly suburb.