Spend a few moments inside the great room of this fabulous penthouse loft and you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked back in time to a 19th century artist’s garret or perhaps a Spanish villa. It’s rich in architectural details and has a rustic old-world charm that fills the soul.
Over the past few years, we have praised many singular rooms, each one worthy of our fondest accolades. But this particular great room with the adjoining roof terrace is perhaps our favorite to date. And thus we crown the great room that serves the Penthouse residence at 235 East 11th Street as the latest entry to our “One Room Series.”
235 East 11th Street is an intimate pre-war building located between Second Avenue and Third Avenue set above the Third Street Music School Settlement. The boutique co-op has just nine apartments across five floors.
The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath duplex residence includes a 1000 square foot manicured roof terrace with incredible city views, including up close views of the Saint Marks Church Tower and distant views of the Freedom Tower. The apartment was designed by the current owner, Alfredo Paredes of Alfredo Paredes Studio; Paredes spent three decades as the chief creative officer of Ralph Lauren and was directly responsible for many of the company’s retail installations.
The great room (40”x18”) offers mesmerizing 13-foot beamed ceilings, French limestone floors, and five steel-framed French doors that open to the terrace (40’x24’). The doors, accentuated by arched windows that extend to the ceiling, are truly the pièce de résistance of this splendid home. On warm days when the doors are fully open, the great room feels more like a pergola.
A semi-open kitchen anchors one end of the great room, concealed from the living area but easily accessible from both sides. The kitchen, no different from the rest space, basks in natural light. At the other end, a wood burning fireplace with a limestone surround defines the sitting area. Two built-in white oak bookcases flank the fireplace. A casual dining area with a fanciful chandelier completes the room.
The glorious terrace is merely an extension of the great room. The French doors allow for a seamless transition between the two spaces. Open each of the five doors and the interior and exterior spaces unify as one. Lush, mature plantings line the perimeter creating a garden atmosphere for this utter worldly penthouse.
Radiant heated floors allow for open terrace doors deep into the year. Custom overhead lighting can set almost any mood.
The owner’s penchant for design and his collection of furnishings and personal items adds yet another dimension to this stunning residence.
The end result is captivating – a warm and inviting home that offers an exceptional interior and exterior landscape. Any gathering within this space would be memorable.