There is nothing like it. As soon as we saw this Chelsea uber functional one-bedroom we felt the urge to share our excitement. It is truly one-of-a-kind. Or as we would like to label it, the “Swiss Army Knife” of apartment designs.
Designed by architect Martin Hopp, this one-bedroom apartment offers ingenious form and function. Clever built-ins, sliding doors and hidden furnishings maximize the use of the space. Did we say furnishings? The new owner doesn’t have to order up a moving van; everything you need is built into the design.
255 West 23rd Street, aka Chelsea Gardens, is a two building co-op with a charming interior garden. The art-deco structure, with entrances on both West 23rd Street and West 24th Street, has been an admired destination since it opened in 1939. The building rises just six floors and contains about 160 apartments.
Apartment G-BE is a garden-level apartment with a private entrance off the building’s garden. Think west coast beach house. Down a few steps into a self contained entry with a wood slat privacy wall on one side and the building’s red brick on the other. An array of potted plants line the exterior wall. Enchanting no matter in what direction you’re heading.
Once inside, everything is white, the walls, the builtins, even the seat cushions. It feels as though you’re entering the cabin of a yacht. The walls are lined with storage options. Large cushions provide plentiful seating and hide additional storage. A dining table extends from one wall and can easily disappear with a simple push.
The kitchen is small but functional. In its natural state, it opens up into the living/dining area. Want to close it off, just open the bi-fold door.
Once you exit the main room, there is an extended hall that leads to the bathroom. A turn in the other direction and there is a hidden space that serves both as a home office and a guest room. A floating murphy bed can be extended from the wall. The entire hall is lined with floor-to-ceiling closets. In contrast to the front of the apartment, this section is designed in a wood finish.
Chelsea Gardens offers a full-time doorman as well as a resident manager. Aside from the core garden, the building offers a roof deck, storage, bike storage and common laundry facilities.