Lovers of half-legal, barely livable but totally adorable East Village boltholes, step right this way. This two-story hideaway at 121 East 10th Street, tucked into the Saint Mark’s Historic District, is a short walk from all of your favorite things to do, and also in a pretty building–one that’s apparently filled with adorable East Village boho duplex caves–on an absolutely gorgeous street. It’s basically a duplex studio with its lower half seriously below-grade–but it sure looks cozy down there.
Enter the ground-floor space on its top floor to find wall-to-wall exposed brick and cave-like, whitewashed barrel ceilings above.
The kitchen is tiny but the space is bright and clean, especially the subway-tiled bath. And who can argue with a custom built-in bar! This floor, at least, gets lots of natural light, according to the listing.
A rustic and handsome staircase leads down to the completely underground and window-free lower level, which would be illegal if the bathroom and kitchen weren’t upstairs. The space is bright and cozy–and, yes, cavelike. If you choose to sleep down here, you’ll have two big closets and a dressing room nearby to make up for the climb to the bathroom upstairs. And in the event of a nuclear war–or a tornado–you’ll be in better shape than most.
For a pleasant trip above ground (via elevator, even), you can enjoy a renovated common roof deck with sweeping views. The building also offers a live-in superintendent and a laundry room. Guarantors, gifting, and pied-a-terres are allowed, with unlimited subletting allowed after a year.
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
Neighborhoods : East Village