Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook who recently called for the social media behemoth to be broken up, is listing his downtown New York townhouse for $26 million.
Mr. Hughes and his husband, political activist Sean Eldridge, are selling to move into a new home with their expanding family, said their agent, Maria Pashby of the Corcoran Group, who is listing the property with her daughter Joanna Pashby.
Messrs. Hughes and Eldridge bought the property for $22.3 million in 2015, property records show. They declined to comment.
Located in Greenwich Village, the 1840s-era Greek Revival townhouse is about 6,000 square feet and has four bedrooms, Ms. Pashby said. It has front and rear living room areas on the parlor floor, each with wood-burning fireplaces, making for a large entertaining space. The master suite spans a full floor, with a large dressing room, a fireplace, two bathrooms and a terrace. The basement level includes a gym, a screening room and a wine cellar.
There are outdoor spaces on almost every floor, including a garden on the roof, Ms. Pashby said. At the rear of the property there is a small carriage house with a finished roof garden that is connected to the main house via an underground walkway.
The property had been renovated and restored by the previous owner, but the couple installed new smart home systems to make the home more efficient. They also reduced the number of bedrooms in favor of more living spaces.
Mr. Hughes, 35, made headlines this spring when he called publicly for Facebook to be broken up. In an opinion essay published in the New York Times, he said the company's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had accumulated a level of power that is both "unprecedented and un-American." Mr. Eldridge ran unsuccessfully for congress in New York in 2014, and is widely know for his advocacy for same-sex marriage.
-- Wall Street Journal