A Colorful, Twee NYC Apartment Any Auteur Would Love

published Aug 26, 2018
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If you close your eyes and imagine graphic wallpapers, footed tubs, flora-filled door frames, there’s a new dream real estate listing you have to see: A New York City co-op so deliciously twee, we’re surprised it hasn’t been designed by Adam Stockhausen.

Everything about this $2.95 million one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath apartment is a perfect blend of daintiness and opulence. The listing includes words like “plaster crown molding” and “impeccably restored and operable 1880’s period fixtures,” which immediately gives me the urge to put the needle on my custom pressing of Joe Dassin’s “Les Champs-Èlysées.”

Speaking of pale pink, can we have a quick convo about that kitchen? Those appliances and textured cabinets look straight out of Mendl’s bakery—a perfect place to whip up a courtesan au chocolat (or just heat up a pizza for movie night).

There’s also a refurbished 1880’s Yale tub, where you can sit, smoke, and dream about your adopted brother after a long hard day of sitting and smoking.

Located in the oldest co-op in New York City (34 Gramercy Park East), the renovated unit hasn’t lost any of the building’s signature whimsy. Current owner Friedrike Merck (heiress to the Merck pharmaceutical fortune) purchased the apartment back in 2015 and has spent the past few years putting in new electrical, plumbing, and air conditioning, as well as delectable details like custom millwork, Moroccan tiles, and solid oak herringbone flooring.

Buckley and other pets are welcome (though we’re not so sure about a family of friendly foxes), and a key to the ultra-private Gramercy Park comes with the apartment. There is also a 24-hour doorman (who surprisingly is not Ralph Fiennes),