Park Avenue South, particularly the blocks just south of Grand Central Station, are often overlooked. But to those of us that know Murray Hill and take the walk south along this world renowned avenue, these streets are as divine as those uptown.
Ten Park Avenue at the northwest corner of 34th Street and Park, is one of our favorite buildings along this walk. This elegant art-deco structure opened in 1931 as the Hotel Ten Park Avenue; it was converted to co-op ownership in 1972. The building rises 28 stories and contains 271 apartments, most of which are studio and one-bedroom units. A unique three-story limestone base gives the property a favorable street presence.
It was love at first swipe for us, which is why we included this pre-war gem in the latest edition of “Apartments We Love.”
Apartment 23-E has been meticulously renovated, squeezing every inch of liveable space out of this alcove studio. But given the design of this apartment, we feel some guilt calling this residence a studio. There are distinct areas for just about everything.
The renovation builds upon the inimitable character of the residence. The casement windows serve as a focal point and streams bountiful light into the home. The step-down living room effectively separates the sleeping and living areas. The high beamed ceilings add an overhead architectural element. The dark stained hardwood floors provide a touch of elegance.
Enter through a proper foyer and to your left is a sleeping alcove with a queen-size platform bed. Walk forward and there is a small dining area. Step down into the sun-filled living area and enjoy open east-facing views of the city. There is even a glimpse of the East River in the distance.
The full-sized kitchen faces the street and offers a suite of high-end stainless steel appliances. There is a marble countertop and a tiled backsplash. The original steel cabinets have been preserved.
No shortage of storage in this studio home. A series of custom built-ins maximizes the space and provides storage for just about everything. There is a floor-to-ceiling entertainment center in the living area as well as a separate home office. Another builtin screens the sleeping area from the main room. A full wall of closets line the far wall in the sleeping area.
Ten Park Avenue provides a full-time doorman/concierge and a resident manager. The art-deco lobby reminds one of the original hotel. A landscaped roof deck with outstanding Midtown views sweetens the pot even more.
Apartment 23-E is a perfect space for a pied-a-terre or a first home. It’s currently listed at $575,000. At 570 square feet, that’s about $1008 per square foot. The listing is being represented by Cheryl Greenberg of City Connections Realty. For further information on this residence please check out Linecity.com