This charming Bowery bolthole at 32 East 2nd Street may not be huge, but it has everything you need for a great downtown life (unless you need a queen-sized bed in your actual bedroom). The one-bedroom co-op has benefitted from a tasteful, chic and well-considered custom renovation, resulting in finishes that are both creative and convenient, and the building is in a perfect location to enjoy both the friendly East Village vibe and the hip, downtown Manhattan location near just about everything you’d want to see, do, or buy.
Though it last changed hands in 2008 for $488K, the sunny co-op has recently been renovated, adding a wealth of architectural efficiency to the compact space. Its design reflects both a youthful DIY East Village style and the ease of modern living. In the living and dining room, large south-facing windows look out over 2nd street. Stylish and sleek additions include dark stained hardwood floors, a built-in HDMI projector and drop-down screen controlled remotely via radio frequency and a two-zone Denon sound system. A chandelier designed by mid-century lighting pioneer Gino Sarfatti is right at home here.
The chic custom design continues in the open kitchen, which features thick concrete countertops, a space-saving under-counter U-line refrigerator and freezer, a Miele dishwasher, a surface-mounted cooktop, exposed brick, white tin ceilings and concrete floors.
A pocket door separates the bedroom from the living space—according to the floor plan, it’s a pretty tight squeeze in here; a loft bed, modern Murphy bed or platform bed might be a perfect solution. The good news is that there’s a large walk-in closet behind the bedroom, so your clothes will have plenty of room to get organized. Behind the closet, more architectural and design magic has given the bathroom an industrial look via hand-polished concrete-based plaster walls; you’ll also find a Philippe Starck toilet with a hidden in-wall water tank, a stall shower with rain-shower head, and additional overhead storage.
This “intimate cooperative” has no underlying mortgage and charges very low maintenance. The building offers a part-time super and a lovely finished roof deck. There are few better locations in the East Village/Bowery area, with the F and 6 subway lines two blocks away and within a few blocks of a Whole Foods market and many of New York City’s best restaurants, bars and shops.
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