When people use the word “hub” to describe a room in a home, it typically defines the swirl inside the kitchen. There are no longer boundaries when it comes to what one can and cannot do in the kitchen. It’s a place to start and end the day, whether with a cup of coffee or a late night snack. It’s a place of comfort, to sit and pay bills, to do one’s homework, to congregate with family or friends.
The garden level kitchen at 132 West 13th Street is one of those hubs that will serve as the center of activity for a lifetime. And for that reason, the kitchen in Apartment A has been added as the latest edition of our “One Room” series.
132 West 13th Street is a pre-war townhouse comprised of two duplexed condos. Built in 1842, this Greek Revival style house sits on a charming tree-lined street amidst the Greenwich Village Historic District. The two-bedroom apartment has its own private entrance and occupies the ground, parlor and basement levels. A fabulous garden/patio (21’3”x32’8”) is just outside the kitchen.
The French country style kitchen (20’x18’8”) is an inviting space with rustic charm and bountiful natural light. Exposed timber beams stretch across the ceiling and exposed brick covers the two long walls. The beams, spaced about two feet apart are both beautiful and hypnotic. The floors are tiled in an asymmetrical pattern.
Interestingly enough, the kitchen not only invites you in but also offers a great reason to leave. Just follow the light towards the wall of French casement windows at the back of the room (the middle section serves as a door). An enchanting garden awaits. The private outdoor space, with its brick floor, pairs perfectly with the kitchen. It features some modest landscaping, a fountain, custom lighting and a hardline gas grill.
The kitchen has an extended center island as well as a center table for more formal dining. The design forgoes any upper cabinetry; instead there are six floating shelves used to showcase decorative pieces. The simplicity in the design adds to the beauty of the space.
There is a suite of professional grade appliances including a Sub-Zero double refrigerator and a Wolf range. There is a stone farmhouse sink as well.
The current asking price for this charming residence is $5,499,000 Based on 4,331 square feet of interior space the square foot price is $1,270.