Oliver Sacks, British neurologist, author and enchanted, inspired seeker of the human mind finally succumbed to cancer last August at the age of 83; the good doctor’s apartment (used as his office in recent years) in one of the city’s venerable prewar apartment buildings developed by the legendary Bing and Bing at 2 Horatio Street is now for sale for $3.25 million. Apartment 3G (fittingly, somehow, as we can imagine the denizens of the soap-noir newspaper comic strip living in one of these prewar classics) is one among many in the developer’s iconic Manhattan residences that boasts lovely prewar architecture, generously-sized rooms and enduring modern design.
The prolific and endlessly curious best-selling author based much of his writing on patient case studies (including the famous “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” which was made into an opera, and “Awakenings,” upon which an Academy-Award-nominated film was based). Dr. Sacks owned the apartment since 1995 when he lived and worked there, later using it as an office and residing next door at the curvaceous 14 Horatio.
This large and light-filled two-bedroom residence, according to the listing, is “in the old section of one of Bing and Bing’s finest examples of prewar architecture.” So it may need a bit of updating but you’ve definitely got a classic on your hands.
One look at the floor plan confirms that it is, in fact, “sprawling,” with large rooms and a unique layout that makes it seem even more home-like.
The corner unit overlooking Jackson Square Park and 13th Street offers a wood-burning fireplace, beamed ceilings and hardwood floors. The fully-staffed building is in one of the most coveted parts of the West Village and offers basement storage.
Like many in the neighborhood, this particular co-op building has its share of celebrity residents including talk show host Andy Cohen and Sally Field.
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Images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens.
Neighborhoods : West Village