There are many blocks in New York that leave us drooling, but the original “block beautiful” is 19th Street between Irving Place and Third Avenue, one block away from Gramercy Park. Most of the brick and brownstone rowhouses on the block were built in the 1850s but were considered dour by the turn of the century. After moving to New York in 1906, British architect Frederick Sterner bought the home at 139 East 19th Street and renovated it with what would become his playful signature touch: a coat of tinted stucco, shutters, decorative ironwork, and a projecting tile roof. Many—if not most—of the other homes on the block received Sterner makeovers, giving the street a distinctive charm. Now you can own the house right across the street from Sterner’s own, at 140 East 19th Street, for $15,250,000.
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Centrally located in Gramercy, just north of the park, this co-op studio in the gorgeous landmarked pre-war building 4 Lexington Avenue is currently on the market for $410,000. While tiny, it features a smart layout, full-service amenities and a covetable location, making it a great option as a starter home for a young professional. For those needing more space, an adjacent studio unit is also on the market, and the board is open to combining the two apartments.
A co-op in Gramercy recently hit the market for $4.75 million and comes with one of New York City’s most priceless amenities: an exclusive key to the park. Located at 48 Gramercy Park North, this one-bedroom home measures 1,765 square feet and features 14-foot high ceilings and exposed brick. With south-facing views overlooking the park, and a 21-foot-long veranda, this apartment should not be missed.
The historic 1850s townhouse at 11 Gramercy Park South belonging to famous dance music producer Jellybean Benitez and his wife, former model and iconic Union Square Coffee Shop (which is closing this October after 28 years) co-owner Carolyn Benitez, is for rent once again, asking $39,950 a month for a triplex with a garden and a coveted key to the private Gramercy Park. The home’s last tenant was Diana Widmaier-Picasso, who happens to be an art historian–and a granddaughter of Pablo Picasso. It was up for sale back in 2013 when its asking price slid from $25,000 to $18,000. The Benitezes purchased the 11,610-square-foot property way back in 1992 so it’s likely that they’re getting ahead on the house either way.
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“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is unloading his one-bedroom co-op in Gramercy Park for $1.5 million, just over three years after buying it. The actor and his husband, Justin Mikita, picked up the pad, which has been gut-renovated, in 2015 for just over $1.23 million. The home at 200 East 16th Street is a combination of two studio units, and there’s an option to buy the apartment fully furnished.
If you love Gramercy and you’re into classic lofts and/or pre-war apartments you’d have to be thick as a brick to pass up this $6,950 two-bedroom rental opportunity–because this sizable sunny second-floor walk-up at 116 East 19th Street is of all of the above. Gut-renovated and air-conditioned, the apartment’s multitude of brick serves as a reminder that you’re in a New York City building and not, say, a North Carolina time share.
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An 1846 townhouse, once owned by former New York City mayor and publisher James Harper, has sold for $23.09 million in an off-market deal. The historic Greek Revival home located along Gramercy Park features sun-filled rooms, high ceilings, and elaborate crown molding, and it comes with a coveted key to the park. But the biggest bragging rights, as the New York Post learned, are that Bob Dylan sat on the stoop of the red-brick house for the cover of his album “Highway 61 Revisited.”
If you’re stuck on the idea of living in Manhattan, in a super-desirable neighborhood near just about everything great, but you’re on a budget of under $1 million, you’re probably checking out studios. And if you’re good with studio living, this gorgeous little pre-war co-op at 1 Rutherford Place in Gramercy Park would be hard to turn down. Besides being in a lovely building and possessed of custom details like a wall of steel and glass, you get a private outdoor terrace that’s almost as big as the apartment itself.
At a house-sized 3,809 square feet, this jumbo co-op at 50 Gramercy Park North, on the market for $9.5 million, is likely two apartments that were combined. As a result, there’s more room for bedrooms, living and entertaining space and more floor-to-ceiling glass to take in the view. The building is also home to the Gramercy Park Hotel, so you get hotel-level amenities as part of the deal, along with a coveted key to the park.
In New York City, where buying and selling real estate is a high-stakes endeavor, the topic of historic and landmark designation is frequently raised. There are heated discussions on the subject of listing neighborhoods or buildings on the State and National Register of Historic Places or having them designated by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. It’s important to know what those organizations do and the distinctions between them. You could even be eligible for significant financial aid for your renovations if you own property in an historic district.