6sqft marveled earlier this summer at the utter coolness of the two-unit, three-story property that atop the building at 72 East 1st Street in the East Village. The unit arrived on the market for $3.5 million in June; its top floor is comprised of one of the city’s handful of rare rooftop cabins and cottages. The Nantucket-style cottage is an artists’ studio, with a full-floor penthouse duplex below. Rare and cool clearly count for a lot, because the property has already entered contract at its asking price according to the listing site (h/t Curbed).
6sqft has previously reported on the rooftop houses–such as this one in Chelsea that popped up for rent last December and this West Village homestead that wasn’t even for sale but merely fascinating. In this case, the lower apartment itself is a large and luxurious home, in a prime corner location with open views of Lower Manhattan, two wood burning fireplaces and over 3,000 feet of living space. The three bedroom duplex on the fourth and fifth floors of the classic pre-war condo building offers a light-filled double height great room/atelier with 18-foot ceilings, exposed beams and a private balcony.
The second level of the atelier allows offers space for entertaining overlooking the floor below that could be reconfigured to add additional rooms, an efficient little kitchenette and a renovated marble bathroom.
Accessible from both levels of the atelier is a sunken living/dining room anchored by a wood-burning fireplace and framed by five corner windows. Also on the fourth floor is a renovated kitchen, a guest bedroom and a powder room.
Up a “cottage style” staircase, the second level of the living quarters holds the master bedroom with a wood-burning fireplace, a big luxurious dressing room with a washer/dryer and an en-suite bath. A second bedroom offers direct access to the atelier next door.
And that roof cottage: The lofty penthouse with weathered shingles, a cupola and a wraparound terrace is up-to-date and ready for cottage living. This unique space sports new Marvin divided-light windows and a glass block wall offering open views from three exposures. The cottage includes a full bathroom and kitchenette. Access to the private roof terrace is provided through double french doors;
The building, consisting of only three residential units, was bought decades ago by the late sculptor Henry Merwin Shrady III. His widow, Gale Barrett Shrady, is selling the duplex apartment; the attached cottage was used as her son’s bedroom through college. Known as the Minthorne House, built in 1841, the building was part of the 50-acre Minthorne Farm which was purchased Philip Minthorne in the 18th century.
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Images courtesy of Compass.
Neighborhoods : East Village