This almost-2,000 square-foot co-op at 235 East 22nd Street in Manhattan’s elegant Gramercy neighborhood is one of those classic pre-war apartments–created by combining two units–that, when you look at the floor plan, is startlingly spacious. There are room-sized closets, areas for eating and dining, foyers, galleries and office nooks–the antithesis of the tiny NYC apartment. This three-bedroom home also has those charming and sophisticated pre-war details–nine-foot-high beamed ceilings, big rooms, inlaid floors, restored moldings, built-in cabinetry and massive casement windows.
We all know the space itself is what counts in NYC real estate. Quirky objets and freaky art will almost assuredly be bundled out with the departing resident, never to show hide nor hair (literally, in this case) once the van pulls away. On the other hand, though it’s sometimes fun to see what you’re not getting for your $2.4 million, any real estate agent will tell you that staging is no small matter.
All of that said, this apartment is fairly huge. And for the moment, fairly hairy.
There’s a “sophisticated gallery style lighting system” throughout; the massive living room offers a wood-burning fireplace, and the entire apartment faces sunny East 22nd Street.
In mint renovated condition, the home’s sprawling layout–a product of the skillful combination of two units with multiple exposures–leaves plenty of room for two wood-burning fireplaces and a state-of-the-art eat-in kitchen (the bright red lacquer actually works pretty well here).
The dining room “…can accommodate everyone for the holidays, and there is enough storage to make a suburban house envious!”
Currently a celebration of the contemporary, the whimsical, zany textures and paintbox hues, the vast master suite also offers another wood-burning fireplace and a luxurious bath. Closets are completely customized and cedar-lined. Rag-doll tanning bed not included, we assume.
Another bedroom/study/office/dressing room is located off the master, though that could easily be changed with a little light construction.
Yet another bedroom (currently used as an office and Buddha statue keeping room) reveals its furry self.
The building, known as Gramercy House, was constructed in 1931 at the height of elegant apartment construction in Manhattan, and all of it has been impeccably restored and/or maintained. There’s a landscaped residents’ garden with teak furniture, a fountain and shade trees, a bike room, a rooftop deck with sweeping northern views and a large common laundry room with new equipment. All charges for electricity are included in the maintenance–all in a vibrant, sophisticated and convenient neighborhood two blocks from Gramercy Park.
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Neighborhoods : Gramercy Park