• Claudine Montano
  • 02/14/24

A Manhattan penthouse with the charm of an English country manor has been swiftly sold in the East Village. The duplex, located at 72 East 1st Street, was listed for $9.75 million and quickly went into contract for approximately $10 million. The property, represented by Nick Gavin and Allie Fraza of Compass, underwent a significant renovation and boasts four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 3,000 square feet of living space. Notably, the unit includes a unique addition: a Cape Cod-style shingled cottage, added in 1980 by artist Henry Merwin Shrady, which serves as a private studio or home office.

The listing describes the property as a beacon of refined living uncommon in the East Village, boasting a blend of elegant décor from various eras. The spacious interior features reclaimed parquet flooring from a London theater in the bright living room, complemented by chevron-patterned white oak floors throughout. Walls are adorned with a specialty paint finish by Mark Chamberlain, while wood trim and multiple wood-burning fireplaces add to the ambiance. The lower level hosts a 12-person dining area, a farmhouse-style kitchen with oak cabinets and modern appliances, and the primary suite, complete with custom-built walk-in closets, a marble fireplace, and a luxurious en suite bath with Waterworks fixtures. Upstairs, additional bedrooms and a cozy library with built-in bookshelves await.

The main attraction of the property is undoubtedly the enchanting cottage, featuring lofty 12-foot ceilings and a bay-windowed banquette overlooking a private landscaped terrace. Outside, the grounds boast an apple tree and abundant lush shrubbery. Situated atop the building on 1st Street, this pre-war condominium comprises only three units in total. Nick Gavin remarked to The New York Post that the space offers a sense of being transported from the lively East Village to a serene English country house or coastal cottage, making it a truly unique and special downtown retreat.


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With more than a decade of experience, Claudine Montano possesses a strong business acumen of Toronto’s constantly evolving real estate market. Claudine Montano is a Broker of Record with RE/MAX Hallmark Montano Group Realty affiliated with RE/MAX Hallmark.

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