When actor Stephen Dorff put his Chelsea penthouse on the market for $3 million in March of last year, 6sqft described it as “party-ready,” thanks to an 850-square-foot roof terrace complete with wet bar/kitchen and outdoor shower. But it looks like “The Power of One,” “Blade,” and “Somewhere” star is officially saying goodbye to his bachelor pad days, as the Observer reports that he’s unloaded the duplex at 251 West 19th Street for $2.7 million.
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When it comes to the Chelsea Hotel, Ed Hamilton has seen it all. He and his wife moved to the iconic property in 1995, living among artists and musicians in a 220-square-foot, single-room-occupancy unit. The storied, artistic community nurtured inside the hotel came to an end a decade ago when the building sold for the first time and evictions followed. Since then, the property has traded hands a number of times with talks of boutique hotel development, luxury condos, or some combination of the two. Hamilton started tracking the saga at his blog Living With Legends and published a book, “Legends of the Chelsea Hotel,” in 2007.
After the book’s success, Hamilton wrote a short story collection titled “The Chintz Age: Stories of Love and Loss for a new New York.” Each piece offers a different take on New York’s “hyper gentrification,” as he calls it: a mother unable to afford her lofty East Village apartment, giving it up to a daughter she shares a strained relationship with; a book store owner who confronts his failed writing career as a landlord forces him out of now highly valuable commercial space.
Ultimately, many of the stories were inspired by the characters he met inside the Chelsea Hotel. And his tales offer a new perspective on a changing city, one that focuses on “the personal, day-to-day struggles about the people who are trying to hang onto their place in New York.” With 6sqft, he shares what it’s like writing in the under-construction Chelsea Hotel, what the Chintz Age title means, and the unchanged spots of the city he still treasures.
We’ve already covered the fascinating fact that 337 West 20th Street isn’t your average cooperative building: This Chelsea townhouse-turned-co-op was formerly the bakery of Samuel Bath Thomas, the Englishman who introduced New Yorkers to the English Muffin in the early 1900s, earning it the nickname Muffin House–and the original ovens, though no longer working, remain built into the basement. While all other traces of the old bakery are gone, this Chelsea aerie on the top floor of the 1850s townhouse has plenty of historic charm–and the one-bedroom apartment, asking $950,000, comes with private deeded roof rights.
As soon as you move into this 560-square-foot loft-style Chelsea studio at 85 8th Avenue, you’ll be convinced you’ve snagged the coolest apartment in the neighborhood. It was formerly a one-bedroom, it’s just had a full renovation…and the space is divided by a custom-milled wooden wall that runs the length of the bedroom area. Not convinced? There’s also a walk-in closet, a Juliet balcony and Empire State Building views, all for $589,000.
This cute little studio at 410 West 23rd Street in Chelsea has a lot going for it in the looks department thanks to a considered renovation that kept an eye on form as well as function. A massive dressing room/closet makes sure your living space stays uncluttered, and a petite entry foyer adds class to the one-room-living experience.
eBay executive and Fab.com shopping site founder Bradford Shellhammer raced back from a vacation weekend to tour the Chelsea home he’s now selling for $2.2 million. He’s looking for more space that’s “more about texture than color,” the New York Post reports. In the years he’s been a resident at 575 Sixth Avenue, Shellhammer has transformed the Chelsea loft into a Memphis-style-meets-mid-century-modern masterpiece in sherbet hues, complete with art by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Refinery29 once called the home “The Most Colorful Apartment We’ve EVER seen.”
The architect’s signature curves and organic indoor and outdoor architecture made the late Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street 6sqft’s Building of the Year. Now, closings have begun in the stunning Chelsea condo, starting with a pair of two bedroom units. Residences 9, which sold for $6 million, and 14, which sold for $6.2 million, are 2,147-square-foot two-bedroom homes with private balconies.
Back in January 6sqft reported that the 25-by-85-foot landmarked Greek Revival townhouse at 436 West 20th Street–with 9,000 square feet of interior space and a fully-stacked celebrity pedigree–had been re-listed for $19.75 million. The home, whose residents have included Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Glenn Close, Courtney Love and Olivier Sarkozy, has been on the market since 2010. Returning this summer for $18.75 million, the Chelsea home’s five-unit configuration might prove daunting to prospective buyers, though a thorough structural and aesthetic renovation in 2013 plus the promise of almost $600,000 a year in rent certainly sound like positive attributes.
When Meryl Streep is your mother it’s hard not to get recognized, but actress Mamie Gummer has earned herself plenty of accolades in her own right, from starring in “Emily Owens, M.D.” and having a title role in “The Good Wife” to winning a Drama Desk Award for her appearance in the play “Ugly Lies the Bone.” True to her under-the-radar persona, Gummer’s Chelsea apartment is simple yet classy, and according to LL NYC it’s just hit the market for $1.8 million.
Fashion designer Reem Acra is selling her 3,200-square-foot spread in the Chelsea Atelier at 245 Seventh Avenue, Luxury Listings reports. The Lebanese-born designer, who made news for having created First Lady Melania Trump’s inauguration-eve dinner gown, purchased two apartments in the building nearly two decades ago. The sprawling, loft-like space, asking $5.5 million, features dramatic art on the walls and ceilings including a wall-sized photo featuring a model wearing one of the designer’s wedding dresses that was used in an ad campaign.