It would be easy to walk right past Pomander Walk on a trip down 95th street, between Broadway and West End Avenue. The quaint little enclave is well concealed by an unsuspecting gate. However, walk through that gate and you’re in for quite a treat. Behind it is one of the most unexpected co-ops on the Upper West Side—an enclave so enchanting that it won the hearts of American treasures like Rosalind Russell, Lillian Gish, and Humphrey Bogart. And right now, one of those co-ops is available for $1.995 million.
Pomander Walk is a gated 1920s community of Tudor homes, resembling an English village. The 27 homes have alternating facades of stucco, brick, and half-timber, and lush gardens and flowering window boxes add to its otherworldly charm. As gorgeous as the space is, it actually isn’t even supposed to be here. In 1921, nightclub impresario Thomas J. Healy built the romantic byway as a temporary means of income while he raised money to build a large hotel that would eventually replace it. The mini village was inspired by a play of the same name, which was set in a fictional lane near London. Unfortunately Healy died in 1927 before his vision could be realized; however, he left us with a unique gem.
Among the cluster of Tudor homes is unit #1/2/3, a 1,700-square-foot renovated triplex with two entrances. The three-bedroom townhome has hardwood floors, a built-in sound system, and tons of light from three exposures. The remodeled eat-in kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar with an adjacent dining room. Meanwhile, the large master bedroom has exposed brick walls, and vaulted ceilings. Both the master bedroom and bath have skylights.
Pomander Walk is a landmarked site just blocks from Central Park and Riverside Park. There’s also a Whole Foods nearby, along with a variety of Upper West Side dining and shopping destinations.
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