Art Deco Opulence in Chelsea – 212 West 18th Street, 10-D

By Linecity, May 22, 2021

When describing this worldly Chelsea apartment it is difficult to find a starting point.  It all works.  But in this case, we’re going to start outside and work our way into the interior.  It is this mix of indoor and outdoor space that elevates Apt 10-D at 212 West 18th Street into our “Apartments We Love” series.

This gracious residence is crowned with a north-facing 1,026 square foot terrace which boasts east to west views extending from Met Life Tower to Hudson Yards.  Due to building height restrictions in Chelsea, the views are unobstructed until you reach the towers that dot Nomad. 

212 West 18th Street, aka Walker Tower, is a building that has not only stood the test of time, but has gained increased stature in its new life as a high-end condominium.  Designed by architect Ralph Walker, this venerable art deco structure opened in 1929 (fortunately this was not an omen) and was used fully as a telephone switching station for most of its years.  In 2012 the building was repurposed to include 50 luxury condominium residences on floors 8 through 23.  Verizon occupies the building’s first seven floors as this lower component remains true to its roots.  The residential and commercial sectors maintain separate entrances.

Apartment 10-D offers 3199 square feet of perfection, spread across six amply proportioned rooms.  The great room extends 36 feet in length and opens up to the private terrace.  Stunning multi-paned glass doors offer a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor space.  A cove ceiling with deep crown moldings and a pair of chandeliers add opulence.  Bespoke cabinetry and a wall-mounted TV provide functionality. 

The grandeur of this splendid home begins with the entry gallery.  Measuring eight feet wide and 21 feet deep, the gallery offers a sense of formality to the entire residence.  Tall ceilings with fine detailing, deep baseboard moldings and herringbone style floors set a standard.  A custom chandelier hangs above the gallery.  Depending on which way you turn, one can access any area of the apartment off the entry hall.

The kitchen fulfills every wish list.  The handcrafted Smallbone kitchen is a contemporary masterpiece exuding a mix of drama and sophistication.  The cabinets, both upper and lower, are clad in an ebony veneer.  The perimeter countertops are topped with a dark limestone while the center island boasts a contrasting marble top.  The island sits two and offers a second sink.   The stainless steel appliance package raises the bar.  Included here is a Sub-Zero refrigerator, wall oven, warming drawer, speed oven, cooktop, built-in coffee maker and under-counter refrigerator/freezer drawers.

Depending on your mood or the event at play, the kitchen can either be opened to the great room or closed off for privacy.  The glass wall partition between the two rooms plays off the design of the terrace doors and provides a swell of light into the kitchen.  The patterned glass panes add an extra design touch and enhance the level of privacy. 

The primary suite is pure indulgence.  The corner bedroom is much more than a bedroom. Measuring 17×27, it is suburban large.  Four multi-paned oversized windows offer unparalleled character and copious light from multiple directions.  The Empire State Building is omnipresent, just outside your north-facing windows.  Coffered ceilings and custom light fixtures complete the room.  

The suite’s five-fixture primary bathroom offers a perfect place to retire at day’s end.  The oversized marble bath boasts a freestanding cast-iron soaking tub, a steam shower with multiple shower heads and dual sinks.  

The second and third bedrooms each enjoy en-suite baths and direct access to the terrace.  No different than the other rooms, the doors to the terrace are as beautiful as they are inviting.  

Additional features of this home include:  Crestron Home Automation system, built-in humidification system, central air conditioning system, ventilation system, radiant floor heating, custom lighting and generous sized closet space.

Walker Tower is a full-service condominium that offers an extensive amenity package. When you decide to stray from your residence, maybe for a change of pace, you can visit the building’s landscaped roof deck which features a sun lawn, an observation area and a dining area.  Additional amenities include a fitness center with a yoga room and sauna, a children’s playroom, bike storage and a library lounge with pantry and bar.

The current asking price on Apartment 10-D is $14.9 million, representing an interior per square foot price of $4,658. The apartment last sold in January 2017 for $16.9 million.  The listing is being represented by Emily Beare of CORE. For further information or just a voyeuristic peak at this special residence, please check out Linecity.2com.