Two Best Friends Sell Their Massive Midtown Artists’ Loft for $4.83M

Posted On Mon, March 23, 2015 By

Posted On Mon, March 23, 2015 By In Midtown West, Recent Sales

Remember this amazing loft we featured on 6sqft back in September? Well it looks like it’s found a new owner to fill its cavernous spaces. According to city records, the two-loft combo at 361 West 36th Street sold today for $4.83 million. While when we last wrote about this cool apartment we were going gaga over its beautiful 4,800 square feet of sun-soaked spaces, it turns out the story of the two women–both artists–who once dwelled within its walls is far better anything else found inside.

Back in 2009, the New York Times profiled the two women, Catherine Redmond and Roselyn Leibowitz, who called the loft home. Like many great friends, the two ladies would often discus what they imagined their future living situation to be. Both had agreed they wanted companionship, but a great deal of privacy along with it. Roselyn, a self-proclaimed spinster, and Catherine, who had been divorced, decided to create a unique living arrangement after Catherine’s Tribeca loft was found to be uninhabitable after 9/11. They spotted a newspaper advertisement for a huge space in the West 30s, and therein they found the perfect canvas for their shared home: two connected lofts.


Roselyn put down the money for the space with the proceeds from the sale of her Tribeca loft ($3.1 million; Catherine had been renting her loft), and the two hired an architect to take care of the renovations.

“Our financial arrangement is a casual relationship between trusting friends,” Catherine told the Times. “To be sure, I am a beneficiary of Roz’s immense generosity, but our friendship, and more important, the soul that is Roz’s kindness to me, has never impinged on my sense of freedom.”  She added, “Artists don’t need guarantees. They need places to do their work and the freedom in which to do it.” No written agreement was ever created, and the duo split utility bills.

Privacy was certainly never an issue for the two, whose spaces totaled a combined 4,600 square feet. During the renovation, the women emphasized that their arrangement needed to be a supportive structure that wouldn’t encroach on the other’s space or style. This is reflected in the home’s layout where Catherine’s side of the loft features a very large, open workspace and kitchen (she loves to cook), but a small bedroom. Catherine’s side of the home was also more minimalist with white walls and just touches of color and quirkiness.

361 West 36th Street, live/work, artists’ loft

361 West 36th Street, live/work, artists’ loft

361 West 36th Street, live/work, artists’ loft

361 West 36th Street, live/work, artists’ loft

By comparison, Roselyn kept a large living space and a very basic kitchen (“I only use the refrigerator and microwave,” she said), but a very large bedroom because she liked to draw and work from her bed. Her space was also made more Shaker-like with lots of wood and built-ins where she stored and displayed her treasures and inspirational pieces. A daylight-infused private interior hallway linked the two lofts.

361 West 36th Street, live/work, artists’ loft

Roselyn Leibowitz loft

361 West 36th Street, live/work, artists’ loft

361 West 36th Street, live/work, artists’ loft

But as these things go, their story came to an end when they listed the home late last summer. One could venture that Catherine, missed her humble beginnings. According to her site, she now lives in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, a place with both a landscape and speed more closely aligned with her Chautauqua County childhood where she lived in a 600-person town in rural New York.

[Listing: 361 West 36th Street #3A3B by Cynthia Lane Fazio and Libby Ryan of Brown Harris Stevens]

[361 West 36th Street at CityRealty]

Photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens


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