337 West 20th Street is not your average cooperative — this Chelsea building was formerly the bakery of Samuel Bath Thomas, the Englishman who introduced New Yorkers to the English Muffin in the early 1900s. Today it’s nicknamed the Muffin House and still has ovens (no longer working) built into the basement. You can now live in a cute little duplex at the co-op, which went residential sometime in the 1950s, for $875,000. While there’s nothing inside the apartment to suggest this was a former muffin factory, there are still some old details intact.
This is a cozy one-bedroom, about 700 square feet, with a living room and kitchen on the first floor and the bedroom below. In here, some of the building’s timber and exposed brick are still on display. It’s a ground-floor apartment and the three living room windows come with a great view — as far as ground-floor apartments go — out onto the building’s private courtyard mews.
A spiral staircase leads you down to the lower level bedroom, which isn’t getting much light. (Although we do spot a small window behind the staircase.) At least there’s a full wall of closets and a bathroom down here, plus some extra storage space and a washer/dryer. Right off the bedroom there’s a little nook that fits a built-in office space.
The view out onto the courtyard is lovely indeed, tucked away off of 20th Street. You’ve got plantings, furniture and a grill out here to share with residents. Those muffin ovens? They’re located just below the cobblestone!
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Photos courtesy of Corcoran
Neighborhoods : Chelsea