Marv and Fran Lifson have been married for 32 years. After combining their families (she had five children, he four), and spending three decades in Westchester, this self-described “active, older couple” decided to sell their home and relocate not to Florida or the Carolinas, but the Upper West Side.
Luckily for them, Fran’s son David Katz has his own architecture firm and he stepped right in to help them with their search and, ultimately, renovation. After finding their dream home two years ago, a fixer-upper on 72nd Street and Central Park West, David combined a studio and one-bedroom into a spacious two-bedroom that’s just as fresh and modern as its residents. 6sqft recently visited Fran and Marv to learn about why they’d grown tired of the suburbs, what they love about their new urban lifestyle, and how the renovation process went.