We’ll admit it–even though New York City is our home, we sometimes long for the comforts of the suburbs. That’s why we were so excited to find this floor-through apartment in a turn-of-the-century Upper West Side townhouse. Apartment 4 at 129 West 80th Street, which is listed at $1.695 million, is a 1BR/1.5BA co-op. Not only has it been renovated to exude a nostalgic, French country feel, but its spectacular roof deck gives you all the charms of backyard living without having to battle summer traffic to the Jersey Shore or Hamptons. And you can’t get those skyline views in suburbia!
The 20-foot-wide townhouse was built in 1900 and is situated on the same block as the Museum of Natural History, just steps away from Central Park (can’t get that in the suburbs either!). Historic details like the hardwood flooring and carved-wood fireplace mantles have been preserved, while new elements like built-in shelving and panel moldings are seamlessly incorporated. In the elegant living room is a cozy window seat that overlooks the picturesque street through quaint shuttered windows.
One of the most charming country-modern rooms in the apartment is, surprisingly, the bathroom. It features a claw-foot soaking tub, shower with Waterworks fixtures, crisp white wainscoting, a marble sink counter, and contemporary checkered floor tiles. It also comes with a washer-dryer and is filled with natural light from a new skylight, a feature also incorporated in the updated kitchen.
What really steals the show here is the magnificent roof deck. A stairway was added for homeowners to reach their private oasis, which is overflowing with flowers, shrubs, and trees. The terrace has two decked seating areas–one surrounded by a built-in cushioned bench, and another under a functional planting trellis. And let’s not forget about those views! They’ll make any country dweller a believer in city living.
Photos courtesy of Stribling
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side