This $9.75M East Village duplex has Cape Cod-style charm topped by a rooftop cottage
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This $9.75M East Village duplex has Cape Cod-style charm topped by a rooftop cottage

January 29, 2024

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As one of Manhattan’s coveted properties with quaint rooftop cottages and cabins, the duplex condo at 72 East 1st Street isn’t merely a quirky curiosity. The two-floor-plus-studio apartment has all of the perks of penthouse living. The thoroughly renovated home, asking $9,750,000, has the feel of an English country manor throughout, while offering modern style and convenience in its details and construction. At its apex, a Cape Cod-style shingled cottage and terrace provide a unique outdoor experience, in a neighborhood that’s as urban as it gets.

The four-bedroom home is anchored by a double-height living room, dining area, and open, modern farmhouse kitchen. The rooftop cottage can be used as a separate studio or an indoor refuge for entertaining on the terrace.

The main living and dining space is framed by 18-foot ceilings, south-facing windows, a gas-burning limestone fireplace, and parquet tile flooring salvaged from a London theater. Throughout the home, you’ll also find chevron-pattern white oak floors, double-paned windows, light-control shades, and wood shutters and trim. Walls feature a specialty paint finish by Mark Chamberlain. On the upper level–overlooking the living room–is a library with built-in shelving.

The windowed kitchen has abundant counter space, open shelving, and custom oak millwork. This classic, hard-working aesthetic enhances equally capable appliances including a Lacanche range and a North Star fridge. A copper-topped kitchen island anchors the room. The adjacent dining area, served by a powder room, accommodates at least 12 people.

Also on the lower level is the corner primary bedroom. This spacious suite has four closets, a dressing room, and a wood-burning marble fireplace. In the bath, you’ll find a double vanity, a soaking tub, gold-finished Waterworks fixtures, and encaustic tile.

Upstairs are three additional bedrooms. A corner suite gets another wood-burning fireplace and an en-suite bath. Two additional chambers share a full bath. Also up here is a fully outfitted laundry room and a den/lounge area.

Not to forget that cottage atop this downtown penthouse: The Cape Cod-style structure opens onto a private landscaped terrace. Inside you’ll find 12-foot ceilings, windows on three sides, and the same considered interiors found throughout the home. A bay-windowed banquette looks out onto the spacious terrace, which is planted with shrubbery and an apple tree.

The building contains only three units on a (relatively) quiet East Village street. As 6sqft previously reported, the historic condominium known as the Minthorne House was built in 1841 as part of the 50-acre Minthorne Farm, which was purchased by Philip Minthorne in the 18th century. The penthouse last changed hands in 2017, selling for $3.5 million after only a month on the market.

[Listing details: 72 East 1st Street, Unit PH at CityRealty]

[At Compass by Nick Gavin and Allie Fraza]


All photos by Shannon Dupre' of DD Reps unless otherwise noted

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