In 1876, Philadelphia hosted the Centennial International Exhibition, the country’s first official World’s Fair, which brought new technologies and European styles to the forefront. One outcome was a new interest in Aestheticism, especially in New York City. As The Met explains, the “cultural phenomenon” was “the flourishing of an artistic culture and lifestyle” with “an intense interest in collecting and decoration.” And if you want to see a modern-day display of this more-is-more trend, look no further than this opulent co-op at 34 Gramercy Park East. Listed for $2,950,000 (including a coveted key to the Park), the home underwent a recent renovation that looked towards the Aesthetic Movement, restoring period details of the city’s oldest co-op
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.
Built in 1896, the Gramercy Park Habitat at 205 East 22nd Street is a former brewery with a ton of charm and original details including beamed ceilings and wooden columns. This three-bedroom loft in the condominium, currently listed for $3,149,000, is draped head-to-toe in this vintage woodwork and is also flooded with light from a wall of windows looking out onto one of the neighborhood’s most charming streets.
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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.
The interior of this full-floor Gramercy loft is popping with color, made all the more brilliant by the light streaming through the apartment’s 17 windows. It takes up an entire floor of the cooperative at 105 East 16th Street, spanning 4,100 square feet. The private elevator entrance opens up to an expansive living and dining area, while the flexible floor plan holds three bedrooms but could accomidate four.
For a modern apartment with plenty of customized elements, look no further than this cooperative at 112 East 19th Street in Gramercy. The interior is the incredible handiwork of an Emmy Award-winning set designer, who also happens to be one of the building’s original co-op shareholders. As the listing says, “this sprawling and serene space has been planned, built and maintained with a meticulous eye for detail and utter devotion to aesthetics.” The owner was influenced by the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, alongside traditional Japanese interior design. The apartment, lined with 12 extra-tall windows, achieves an indoor-outdoor vibe reminiscent of a Pacific getaway. It has been on and off the market since 2016, asking a high of $3.2 million. Now the ask is down to $3.1 million.
Tin ceilings aren’t uncommon in prewar New York apartments, but they’re usually painted over white. This prewar garden duplex, at the Gramercy Park cooperative 224 East 18th Street, is featuring bold, silver ceilings on its main floor–an original design element of the 1920s townhouse. A more recent renovation transformed the apartment from a two bedroom into a one bedroom with a den/media room downstairs. There’s also access to a private backyard garden. The ask comes in at $1.55 million.
Tucked away on Rutherford Place, one of the prettiest streets in the neighborhood, this charming first-floor pre-war apartment sits along the eastern border of Gramercy and Union Square. Built in 1855 as a townhouse, the one-bedroom co-op at 224 East 17th Street has a large master bedroom and a small office space–and direct views of Stuyvesant Square Park.
Musician/music producer Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) has just listed his cool maisonette-meets-loft duplex at 222 East 17th Street in Gramercy (h/t Luxury Listings). The six-time Grammy winner, “Grey Album” mashup artist, and Gnarls Barkley founder bought the pad in 2014 for $1.4 million. Likely a selling point was the garden co-op’s private church-adjacent garden that looks more fairy tale than hip hop.