Tailored upholstery, rattan furniture, and mix-and-match pale floral chintz may convey a southern beach house feel, but the casual elegance of this 1,200-square-foot one-bedroom garden hideaway on a beautiful West Village block extends beyond the home’s current decor. Subtle pre-war details like 11-foot ceilings, crown moldings, marble fireplaces and rich dark wood floors contrasted with bright white walls embody the pretty and casual island vibe. There’s also central air for those balmy summer days. But what makes this home at 77 Horatio Street most irresistible is the magical 500-square-foot garden at the back, visible just beyond a balcony off the dining area through oversized glass patio doors.
Crisp and cozy, tucked into the garden floor of an 1836 townhouse, this condominium–currently on the market for $2,300,000–in the heart of the historic West Village is set up as a one bedroom with a “double living room,” though according to the listing there’s room to create a second bedroom. The apartment occupies a full floor; a marble-mantled fireplace focuses the living room.
Bright nooks and corners benefit from the sun that you’ll get from the apartment’s northern and southern exposures; oversized glass doors keep the greenery just beyond in sight.
The kitchen continues the laid-back beach house vibe; while it’s no modern chef’s paradise, marble worktops, vintage lighting and clean, white cabinets keep it cheerful and pretty.
There’s more pretty and cottage-y in the bedroom, where Laura Ashley-esque floral wallpaper and dainty white-painted shutters mean a new owner with more masculine taste will probably redecorate this room first.
Though it features every contemporary luxury, the bathroom definitely says upscale seaside inn, with more white marble, white-painted wood, chrome fixtures and vintage lighting.
Perhaps best of all, just down the back stairs a verdant garden awaits your presence for mint juleps or lemonade on the landscaped and lighted patio amid tropical plantings and creeping vines.
Though you may feel you’re on a beachside vacation, the beloved West Village neighborhood–likely the main reason this somewhat diminutive space commands such big numbers–puts you in the heart of some of the city’s best boutique and designer shopping, world-class dining, gourmet markets and gathering spots and a short walk from the Whitney Museum, The High Line, Hudson River Park, the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market and much more.
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Photos courtesy of Corcoran Group
Neighborhoods : West Village