before our memorial day bbq, we spent a bit of time on the internets fantasizing about a NYC pied-a-terre (seems we have a lot of facebook friends staying in the city this weekend, and posting pics of their adventures out and about, making us a bit wistful for a NYC visit). while we were window shopping for NYC real estate, we came across this listing for a 1 bdr garden apartment in the east village, and instantly recognized this imperial trellisized entry hall:
|do you recognize the apartment too?|
|yup, chloe sevigny's apartment, originally featured in the late house & garden magazine circa 2007. (all HG pix stolen without permission from my friend fallon's awesome blog, "a lovely being")|
|pretty, but basement apartments scare me a lil bit. we don't have such things here in LA, so i imagine flooding, dankness, and maybe, city critters (ie big fat rats- not that we don't have 'em here in LA!)|
|low ceilings but the floors and beams give you much carriage house charm. |
could be really cute, actually.
|what a difference cropping makes, eh?|
|propped n' cropped for HG. much better, though that budget bedspread is making me sad.|
|the kitchen is quite charming and fits nicely with the rusticated carriage house vibe. major bonus points for not having to upgrade.|
|chloe, enjoying her teeny garden avec paper roses (i'd imagine that moving in that sofa and table took up all the space available, hence chloe's pose!)|
|teh floorpan- lots of potential here, especially if the coop would allow some reconfiguring.|
ok, here's the nitty-gritty: kinda cute right? weird layout, but hey- that's city livin' for you. we LOVE the garden, and so would ted and richard (all the outdoor space a blackthumb like moiself could want or need), so with a little work this could be a totes charming carriage housey city retreat. drawbacks? carriage houseyness limits our decorating options (i don't think we are carriage house people. maybe townhouse people). plus those low ceilings scare me a bit- we aren't tall, but maybe our imaginary NYC husbear is. ;-) but the big drawback is the price, of course... for 1.7 mil, i want a 3 bedrooms, a view and a pool! still, manhattan real estate has its own reality distortion field so this could be the bargain to end all bargains for all we know, but once you add in $2300 dollars a month coop fee, we sorta doubt that (according to teh attached calculator with 20% down, monthly mortgage/fees would $9091.00, hardly one bedroom bargain pricing).
so whaddy'all think? visit the realtor site for all the deets and chime in- i'd especially love to hear from my NYC friends, as y'all live inside the manhattan real estate distortion force field and might provide some valuable insight! ;-)