On a picture-perfect residential block lined with historic townhouses and understatedly elegant pre- and postwar apartment buildings–yet around the corner from bustling Midtown East, this duplex at 34 East 38th Street may be the Manhattan equivalent of that perfect Craftsman bungalow in a hip suburban neighborhood. It doesn’t shout or come with shiny marketing literature, but for the die-hard Manhattan worshipper, it’s just right.
The two-bedroom co-op in a five-story Murray Hill townhouse would certainly make a perfect pied-a-terre: Mint renovations mean effortless comfort and style; it’s convenient to just about everything the city offers, in a neighborhood where old-fashioned elegance in architecture blends with every modern 21st century amenity catering to busy residents of all ages.
Vying for top billing are the apartment’s 13.6-foot ceilings in the living room, adding even more drama to the wall of glass and French doors leading to one of two expansive private terraces and framing the spiral stairway with incoming natural light. A wood-burning fireplace with a marble mantle anchors the space as well, adding warmth to all the openness and modernity. Pre-war charm is also evident in intricate moldings and parquet wood floors. In another turn of just-right elegance, a wet bar is tucked into one end of the spacious living room, making it a perfect entertaining zone.
The renovated kitchen is bright and cleanly-finished with two tiers of white cabinets, granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances including a SubZero refrigerator and a Viking cooktop and oven. A pass-through space keeps the room open to an adjacent dining room, which features a custom built-in banquette that provides seating for large or small gatherings. Also on this floor is a quiet and private second bedroom/office/den with its own access to another outdoor terrace. This room also has an en-suite bath finished in basket-weave marble flooring and a glass standing shower.
Upstairs there’s a large master bedroom with a second marble fireplace, plus a big walk-in closet, more crown moldings and prewar detail and newly installed hardwood floors. The bedroom has an en-suite bath with Calacatta marble and reflective subway tile.
To even things out in the modern convenience column, there’s a built in Bose stereo system, a video intercom and a state-of-the-art security system. The co-op is pied-a-terre- and pet-friendly, which makes “just move right in,” seem all the more appropriate a phrase.
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Neighborhoods : Murray Hill