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Apartment #17: FRANK'S TOTALLY CUSTOM PAD!

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Apartment #17: FRANK'S TOTALLY CUSTOM PAD!

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 20, 2005

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Name: Frank A. Location: Flatiron District Size: 475 sf Type: Studio The Pitch: WHAT MAKES THIS APT. UNIQUE AND SEPARATES IT FROM THE OTHER HUNDRED APARTMENTS I LOOKED AT BEFORE MAKING THE PURCHASE IS THE OUTDOOR SPACE. ABOUT 125 SQ. FT. OF OUTDOOR SPACE WITH A WATERFALL IN THE CORNER. I LOOKED AT A BUNCH OF MILLION DOLLAR APARTMENTS AND VERY FEW HAD OUTDOOR SPACE. EVEN WHEN I LUCKED OUT, ALL I USUALLY FOUND WAS A LITTLE TEENY BALCONY. THE TERRACE LIGHTS UP EVERY DAY WITH SOUTHERN EXPOSURE SUNLIGHT AND THE UMBRELLA I PUT IN IS GREAT BECAUSE THE POLE IS ON ONE SIDE SO YOU DON'T HAVE A POLE GOING THRU THE MIDDLE OF THE TABLE OBSTRUCTING ONE'S VIEW.

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THE OTHER THING THAT MAKES THIS PAD UNIQUE IS THE FISH TANK I PUT INSIDE THE WALL CUSTOM. WHEN I'M LAYING IN BED, I CAN LOOK THRU THE TANK INTO THE OTHER ROOM AND SEE WHO'S AT THE BAR. AND WHEN I'M SITTING AT THE BAR, I CAN LOOK THRU THE TANK AND SEE WHO'S IN THE LIVING AREA AND ALSO SEE WHO'S OUTSIDE... Cont'd
HOW COOL IS THAT? IT'S A 100 GALLON TANK AND THE WALL WAS CUSTOM BUILT JUST FOR IT. THE STAND HAD TO BE CUT AND REINFORCED FROM THE INSIDE IN ORDER TO MOUNT IT PERFECTLY FLUSH. THE BAR SIDE OF THE TANK IS ROUNDED AND BOWLS OUT WHILE THE BED SIDE IS PERFECTLY FLAT AND FLUSH WITH THE WALL. THE FRAMING AROUND THE FISH TANK IS A ROUGH MARBLE STONE FROM ITALY. THE TANK IS REALLY THE CORNERSTONE OF THE PLACE NOT JUST BECAUSE IT HAS FISH BUT BECAUSE IT REALLY OPENS UP THE PLACE. MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE YOU CAN SEE THRU IT UNTIL THEY GET TO THE BED AREA AND THAT'S WHEN I GET ALL THE QUESTIONS. WHEN I BOUGHT THE PLACE LAST YEAR, I TOOK DOWN ALL UNNECESSARY WALLS AND DOORWAYS AND GOT RID OF A BIG WALK IN CLOSET TO FREE UP SPACE. THE CUSTOM FISH TANK IN THE WALL FORCED ME TO REWIRE THE ENTIRE PLACE AS WELL BECAUSE THERE WERE ELECTRICAL WIRES IN THE WALL WHERE THE TANK IS NOW. I PAID MAINTENANCE AND MORTGAGE FOR ONE FULL YEAR WITHOUT LIVING IN THIS SPACE BECAUSE I COMPLETELY GUTTED IT OUT AND DID EVERY LAST DETAIL. THE WOOD FLOORING IN THE LIVING AREA IS AN INCH THICK SOLID MAPLE. THE REAL DEAL! THE FLOOR IN THE BAR AREA IS GRANITE FROM ITALY. I HAD AN ITALIAN MASTER STRAIGHT FROM SICILY COME AND DO THE WORK. THE ACCENT COLOR I CHOSE IS RED AND I MATCHED IT WITH CHOCOLATE BROWN AND STEEL. THE RED, BROWN AND STEEL ARE CONSISTENTLY SPREAD AROUND IN THE KITCHEN AND BATH AS WELL. THE TONE ON THE LIVING AREA WALL IS A 10% OF THE COUCH'S BROWN. THE WHITE PILLOWS ON THE LOW PROFILE BED ARE ACTUALLY NOT PILLOWS BUT MODULAR BACKINGS THAT CAN BE MOVED AROUND AN INVISIBLE TRACK AND INSTANTLY POSITIONED ANYWHERE AROUND THE ENTIRE BED SO IT FEELS MORE LIKE A LOUNGY COUCH INSTEAD OF A BED. IT TOOK ME A YEAR TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE PLACE. I DID EVERYTHING FROM WALLS, FLOORS, CEILINGS. BRAND NEW KITCHEN AND BATH. THE ENTIRE BATHROOM WAS DONE WITH TUMBLED MARBLE ON THE WALLS AND CEILINGS TOO! IT'S NICE TO HAVE THE BATHROOM DONE COMPLETELY STONE EVERYWHERE WITH NO PAINT AT ALL TO CHANGE THINGS UP. THE KITCHEN IS ALL STAINLESS STEEL AND THE COUNTERTOP IS SILESTONE SOLID BLACK STONE WITH SILVER GLINTS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WHO ENJOYS A GREAT ESPRESSO AND/OR CAPPUCCINO TO INVEST IN THE LAVAZZA MACHINE I HAVE IN MY KITCHEN. THEY ARE HARD TO FIND IN THE UNITED STATES AND ARE EXPENSIVE BECAUSE THEY ARE IMPORTED FROM ITALY. BUT THEY SUPPOSED TO LAST A LIFETIME AND THEY MAKE ONE HELL OF AN ESPRESSO!!! IT'S ALL SOLID STEEL WITH NO PLASTIC. I LOVE IT! ALSO IF YOU COOK A LOT LIKE MYSELF, INVEST IN A SET OF GLOBAL KNIVES. ONCE AGAIN, EXPENSIVE BUT WELL WORTH IT! I GUESS SOMETIMES YOU REALLY DO GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. THANKS.
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