Unique East Village Apartment with Retractable Facade Sells for $2.4 Million

Posted On Tue, May 6, 2014 By

Posted On Tue, May 6, 2014 By In Architecture, East Village, Recent Sales

Oh, architects and their creativity. One such inventive architect Bill Peterson had a flash of “ahead of our time” genius when he decided to convert the front wall of his East Village apartment into a garage-style retractable facade after purchasing the pad in 2008. We suppose some people actually have too much privacy in New York City and would prefer to connect with the outside world (and terrify people with acrophobia simultaneously?).

The living room with closed wall

This living room looks like a typical living room but it hides an interesting secret.

This is what the living room looks like with the open retractable wall.

What the living room looks like with the open retractable wall.

The innovative design has been featured on the cover of New York Magazine and was one of Elle Décor’s “Pick of the World’s Most Beautiful Homes”. Well, they’ve always said there’s a fine line between genius and insanity.

The apartment, located at 224 East 14th Street, has a second retractable wall in the back that opens up to a private garden. Now that sounds like an idea worth getting behind.

This unique belle of the ball is officially spoken for. After lowering the price from $2.5 million to $2.1 million, the remarkable pad has found its person, settling in at $2.355 million. Douglas Elliman held the listing.

Check out more pictures of this incredible apartment in our gallery.

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