“Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”
We’re pretty sure poet Lord Tennyson wasn’t talking about West Village apartments when he wrote those immortal words, but we can’t help but feel they are more than appropriate in the case of this three-bedroom charmer at 23 Bank Street. While the home is only available as a rental, one look will tell you that loving it and then losing it upon lease end is definitely better than never having experienced its classic beauty at all.
Tucked in between Waverly Place and West Fourth Street on one of the most sought after blocks in the city, this exquisite duplex will easily capture your heart with its ornate moldings, four fireplaces, original mantels, tall ceilings, and hardwood flooring throughout.
The moment you step into the parlor level you will be swept away by the grand center hall and its elegant curved stair. Think of the best first date ever, when you know you’re not going to be texting your friends to save you because it’s clear there’s more good stuff to come. To the right there’s an enormous living room, where you will find the first of the enchanting marble fireplaces, two impossibly tall paned windows, and a series of intricate “crown molding” reliefs that are each their own piece of art.
To the left you will find a large, open kitchen and dining area – and the second lovely fireplace. Two large glass doorways offer direct access to a private balcony overlooking the lush rear garden, where even given the immediate proximity of the neighboring building, you will feel like you’re in your own little world – but isn’t that always the case when you’re in love?
Upstairs, the large and sun-filled master bedroom is home to the third fireplace and features its own separate study (which, quite frankly we think would make an incredible walk-in closet/dressing room). Two other bedrooms – one with that fourth fireplace – and a hall bath complete the floor.
All we can say is that this apartment had us at “hall-o,” and we’d be more than ready to have our hearts broken just to experience the thrill of living here for a little while. As with any budding relationship, one can always hope for a more permanent outcome, but for now, $20,000 per month will put you in the throes of puppy love.
Photos courtesy of Stribling.
Neighborhoods : West Village