Morningside Heights‘ the Strathmore, the Bing & Bing co-op at 404 Riverside Drive designed by architects Schwartz and Gross, is so iconic that it was used as Midge and Joel’s home in the 1950s period series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The unit used as a backdrop for the show is the childhood home of architect Allegra Kochman, who also owns–and designed the interiors of–this one-bedroom beauty, now on the market for $1.825 million (h/t NYP).
All rooms face west, looking out over Riverside Park and enjoying each day’s sunset. The one-of-a-kind space maximizes light and scale while highlighting a wealth of pre-war details.
From cleverly-disguised storage at every turn to a gracious, flowing layout that’s perfect for entertaining, the classic apartment’s ceilings rise to over 10 feet. The home’s living room and bedroom are at opposite ends, allowing for optimal privacy.
Additional pre-war details include hardwood floors with maple inlays, wood-frame windows, wainscoting, crown moldings, solid mahogany doors and a coffered ceiling in the bedroom. An original Beaux-Arts fireplace adds even more decorative flair. Brilliant architectural elements include pocket doors with frosted glass, French doors with Flemish glass, recessed television niches, walnut veneered foyer built-ins and a custom floating walnut living room cabinet with a waterfall edge and matching floating shelves that are used as an A/V closet and dry bar.
Modern technology adds top-of-the-line appliances, a laundry closet with a full-size washer/dryer, a surround sound audio system with built-in speakers, three custom-fitted walk-in bedroom closets, new double-paned windows and outdoor window awnings.
The custom eat-in kitchen is a considered mix of open and glass-front cabinetry. An extra-deep stainless counter plays well with a Calacatta Gold marble surface and backsplash and a magnetic/chalkboard refrigerator front. Appliances include a Fisher & Paykel oven, Thermador cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, double-drawer Kitchen Aid dishwasher and 23-bottle wine refrigerator.
A glass portal emphasizing light and views leads into the spa-like bathroom, which was redesigned with carefully-chosen luxurious style. A black Nero Marquina marble hexagonal tile floor and a Calacatta Gold tub deck and accent wall frame the room, which features built-in wall storage, a TV niche, hamper storage and laundry closet with Bosch washer and dryer.
Many units in this venerable uptown building, like the seller’s unit, have been home to multiple generations.
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Images courtesy of the Corcoran Group
Neighborhoods : Morningside Heights