Tin ceilings aren’t uncommon in prewar New York apartments, but they’re usually painted over white. This prewar garden duplex, at the Gramercy Park cooperative 224 East 18th Street, is featuring bold, silver ceilings on its main floor–an original design element of the 1920s townhouse. A more recent renovation transformed the apartment from a two bedroom into a one bedroom with a den/media room downstairs. There’s also access to a private backyard garden. The ask comes in at $1.55 million.
There’s nothing that makes a New Yorker jealous like a sprawling, decked-out backyard. And this one at 11 Charlton Street in Soho is sure to induce plenty of envy. It’s a 1,000-square-foot “garden oasis” (as the listing dubs it) outfitted with a koi pond, Magnolia trees, two outdoor sheds and a BBQ. With two big windows between the garden and this one bedroom, now asking $1.56 million, the apartment pulls a little of the outdoors inside.
You may not know Brandon Stanton by name, but you certainly know his photo-journalism project “Humans of New York.” Launched six years ago, the social media sensation features interviews with thousands of people on the streets of New York, with special series focusing on groups like Syrian refugees and veterans, and it’s now spread internationally. Stanton has encountered wild success, even authoring a book that spent 29 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and he’s now scored a lovely Chelsea co-op, reports the Observer. He and fiancée Erin O’Sullivan dropped $2.45 million on the lovely duplex at 440 West 23rd Street, which features a two-level backyard garden.
This two-bedroom co-op at 11 East 92nd Street tops the menu for prime location and well-designed space: In Carnegie Hill half a block from Central Park, with spacious bedrooms on opposite sides, the elegant first-floor home offers a wood-burning fireplace and pretty pre-war details like a step-down living room. But the best surprise is the generous private landscaped side and rear garden paradise with its own brick fireplace.
While this one-bedroom Park Slope co-op at 443 Seventh Avenue might not exactly be sprawling at 700 square feet, for $780,000 the diminutive garden duplex packs a lot of living space into its two-and-a-half levels. The large and sunny patio garden is the obvious draw for summer parties and spring planting. A wood-burning fireplace ups the cozy factor in cooler months. And a loft level sandwiched between upstairs and down might be just the place to store your seasonal gear off-season. Two blocks away, Prospect Park is another warm-weather plus, and living steps from welcoming spots like Talde and Cafe Grumpy makes it easy to stay warm in winter.
If you’re looking for an apartment that’s, as the saying goes, “perfect for one person or a couple,” this charming Chelsea co-op at 335 West 21st Street looks to be every bit the “jewel box oasis” the listing claims. On a prime and pretty block near the High Line, asking $1.395 million, this one-bedroom-plus-den duplex has been optimized for livability–if you can live with a few flaws.
This 1,077 square-foot two-bedroom garden apartment at 206 Montrose Avenue on a convenient and colorful block in “hot, hot, hot East Williamsburg” has two spacious and quiet bedrooms with covetable closet space, plus two baths; there’s an amazing amount of outdoor space in the form of a big patio and backyard. And it comes in at (just a hair) under $1 million at $999,000.
Chelsea living on a beautiful tree-lined street feels even better when the living is being done in an utterly charming pastel-tinted townhouse like the one at 353 West 22nd Street. Surrounded by equally lovely townhouse neighbors and near the High Line, the West Village and all of Chelsea, it’s a great downtown location with tons of curb appeal. The apartment itself is also nothing like the average cookie-cutter rental space. With lots of warm wood and brick, impossibly high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling casement windows and a gem of a private garden, this $7,000/month two-bedroom bi-level rental may be on the small side but it gets points for charm and outdoor space.
It’s almost as if this unique little duplex at 461 West 44th Street can’t take a bad picture. There isn’t a room unblessed by charm–including two good-sized bedrooms, a huge closet/dressing room and an amazing amount of (shared but directly accessible) well-tended outdoor space, all for a surprising-for-Manhattan $990,000.
Situated near the corner of a tree-lined block in Hell’s Kitchen, the co-op’s 990 square feet seem more spacious than that number would suggest, as is often the case when two units are combined. The fixtures, finishes and overall design have been carefully curated with an eye for both beauty and function, and there are more than a few surprises, including a 1951 Chambers stove and a back door just off the kitchen that opens onto an almost-private planted patio.
As the weather warms and green things begin to grow, thoughts turn to our own gardening fantasies. Whether you’ve got a green thumb or a license to grill (with apologies to Mike D), with the private garden of a picturesque 1900s West Chelsea townhouse at 411 West 22nd Street all to yourself, what more do you need? This interesting custom-designed garden duplex has its quirks, and it’s a rental so there’s no long-term commitment necessary.