From the outside, the Gramercy Park townhouse at 132 East 19th Street is immediately impressive. According to this Streetscapes column, it was a brownstone completely redesigned in 1908 by the innovative architect Frederick Sterner. Now the facade boasts a light stucco and huge windows that lend to lovely, bright apartments. The building’s penthouse unit has hit the market and is showing off massive floor-to-ceiling clerestory windows, under 14-foot ceilings, that offer a view over the other landmarked townhouses of Gramercy Park.
According to the listing, this is one rare apartment — in the past 100 years, it’s only been available for purchase a mere three times. For a long time the painter Cecilia Beaux lived here, and it does seem like the perfect apartment for an artist. The living room is filled with light and decorated with bookshelves and a working wood fireplace framed by a 14th century French mantle. A glass door leads out to a front balcony, which has views all the way to the Empire State Building. It’s all very romantic indeed!
The kitchen has been renovated rather uniquely, with a cooktop on the counters and a stove placed inside the back wall.
There are two bedrooms and one bathroom, all of which are located off the entrance gallery. They are cozy spaces, also filled with light and artwork. While the apartment is stunning it does have a comfortable, low-key feel to it. Whoever joins the very short list of owners to this penthouse is one lucky New Yorker.
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Photos courtesy ofDouglas Elliman
Neighborhoods : Gramercy Park