The listing for this quirky little bohemian bolthole at 121 East 10th Street, near the iconic St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery, uses words like “special,” “handpicked” and “salvaged,” and there’s a reason beyond salesmanship. Looking at this enchanted mini-loft does, in fact, make us feel “transported to another time and place.” Another time, at least: The place is the old East Village of legend. Who knows, this could even be the apartment that invented exposed brick.
This duplex co-op is, as described, filled with historic charm. The apartment’s former owner, an interior designer, restored and embellished every handpicked, salvaged detail. Starting upstairs in true unconventional fashion, an open-plan living space is lined with brick beneath a dramatic barrel-vaulted 10-foot ceiling, with wide rift-cut Georgian white pine floors below.
Custom lighting and large windows illuminate many a cool and creative detail. The carefully-planned kitchen charms, and the blue slate-lined bathroom’s inspired use of penny tiles (and a brick and glass shower) will not escape admiration and compliments from visitors.
A custom-designed industrial open staircase made from–how perfect is this?–a reclaimed beam from a demolished Ninth Street building descends to the lower level, where a cozy white-brick bedroom feels like a marshmallow cavern, with exposed beams above and magical hand-painted floorboards below.
An enormous walk-in closet is a very practical though utterly charming addition, and a “separate, semi-private” entrance adds convenience.
The 1899 building on a lovely tree-lined block in the heart of the St. Mark’s Historic District offers central laundry, a live-in super and a roof deck just waiting to be strung with fairy lights for lively gatherings. Additional perks include manageable monthly maintenance and unlimited subletting after two years.
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Images courtesy of Town Residential.
Neighborhoods : East Village