This quaint Upper West Side one bedroom comes from the Central Park Studios, an apartment cooperative built in 1905 by artists and writers for the purpose of creating living and studio space for their creative endeavors. Unsurprisingly, this apartment has its own creative history: it served as the writing studio to Elizabeth Hardwick, acclaimed author and co-founder of the New York Review of Books. She lived here with her husband, the poet Robert Lowell, until her death in 2007. The present owner, according to the listing, then wrote his first published book here. So who will be the next writer to continue the apartment’s creative energy, for the asking amount of $1.42 million?
The listing brags that this apartment is perfect for writing: pin-drop quiet, lined with floor-to-ceiling, customized built-in bookcases, and with a window seat designed for reading or meditating. The window seat, with its double-pane, north-facing atelier window, offers a serene view of trees and townhouse gardens. The open kitchen is located in the rear of the living/dining area, facing the atelier window.
The bedroom boasts 11-foot beamed ceilings and hardwood floors, as well as a 12-foot wall of custom built-in closets.
The bathroom’s been renovated with marble finishes and mosaic tiles, as well as double vanities and an oversized walk-in shower.
The Central Park Studios, located at 15 West 67th Street, is known for its Gothic limestone facade and elaborate lobby murals, painted by one of the original residents, Robert V. Sewell. The work is now in the National Historic Register. Today, after some building upgrades, residents have a full-time doorman, automated elevator, live-in super and common terrace on the roof.
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Neighborhoods : Upper West Side