Four months after their wedding, actress Stephanie March and investor Dan Benton are settling into a new home in Manhattan. The couple picked up a penthouse in The Shephard in the West Village for a stout $34.7 million, although the home may well have been a holiday gift from the hedge fund expert to his new bride.
The Shephard dates to 1896; the brick wedge was transformed into a high-end condominium over the course of two years. The building, which features thoughtfully modern interiors by design studio Gachot, is a landmark of the West Village.
Benton and March’s new penthouse spans 4,763 square feet within; there is an additional 1,475 square feet of exterior terrace space with stunning views of the city. The penthouse contains four bedrooms and four baths.
The design style has that clarity of vision seen in the most ambitious new upscale residential buildings in the city. Uncluttered, clean, and balanced, the interiors use the natural textures of stone and hardwood for ornament. The herringbone-pattern oak floors are contrasted beautifully, and mahogany is used to accent the kitchen and library. Stone used includes marble, granite, and slate. Lighting fixtures are off the beaten path boutique; not eccentric, but considered.
The library may be the most spectacular room in the penthouse. Mahogany cabinets and paneling, a rail ladder, a fireplace, and a turret, all with a Japanese- and Danish-inflected sense of style, and with simple steel-paned French doors opening onto the second-floor terrace. The purest expression of the rest of the unit: understated, but not stark, achieving its sense of luxury via good taste.
March was previously married to celebrity chef Bobby Flay. She has a continuing role in ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.’ Benton founded Andor Capital Management in 2001.