This two-bedroom penthouse at 205 East 69th Street in the Upper East Side certainly has no dark side: The apartment’s walls are lined with pre-war Deco-style casement windows and doors, just outside which you’ll find spacious wrap-around terraces in every direction. Asking $3,295,000, this uptown oasis has cultural bragging rights as well: It was the New York City home of developer, preservationist and visionary David Wolkowsky, who is considered to be the most important transformational influence in modern-day Key West, Fla., and credited with creating the island’s reputation as a quirky bohemian oasis and tourist destination. Wolkowsky, who was known as “Mr. Key West,” passed away last year at the age of 99.
Soaring beamed ceilings with vaulted skylights complement the aforementioned floor-to-ceiling casement windows, flooding the home with natural light throughout the day. The apartment has parquet floors throughout; Two wood-burning fireplaces–one in the living room has its original granite surround, another warms the master bedroom–keep things toasty while watching the snow pile up outside in winter.
The potential for outdoor living, dining and entertaining here is boundless. City views in every direction make this landscaped, planted outdoor paradise especially unforgettable.
In the kitchen, custom cabinetry keeps the chef’s tools out of sight beneath another ceiling skylight. It’s also where you’ll find a washer/dryer hook-up.
The large and luxurious master bedroom boasts two more floor-to-ceiling windows that open out onto a terrace that was made for morning coffee. A custom walk-in closet and a newly-renovated bath complete this dreamy suite.
The apartment’s second bedroom also has an en suite bath, cool and classic tile flooring and lots of windows. There’s also plenty of room in the floor plan to move things around for a larger second bedroom.
The full-service, pet-friendly Art Deco style cooperative was built in 1928. This distinguished residence offers a 24-hour doorman, a live-in super, a gym, laundry facilities and storage on request.
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