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$2.9M Village 2-Bedroom Offers Art Gallery-Style Open Space

By Andrea Swalec | April 11, 2013 8:03am

GREENWICH VILLAGE — Why just look at art when you can feel like you're living in a museum?

A two-bedroom on East 11th Street near University Place recently listed for $2.89 million boasts huge expanses of fresh white walls and 12-foot ceilings designed to showcase art and design collectors' prized pieces.

Exclusive broker Jordan Hummel of the firm TOWN Residential said viewers at the first showing of the sixth-floor unit at 56 E. 11th St. on Sunday raved about the creative possibilities of the home.

"Given its minimalist and sleek design, there's a tremendous amount of wall space for art," Hummel said.

With windows on the northern and southern ends of the 88-foot-long floor-through, the apartment gets ample light. The sunshine is multiplied by a unique ceiling covered with embossed tin, Hummel said.

"When the light shines through, it hits these ceilings and disperses throughout the space," he said.

Renovated in 2000, the apartment has wood floors made of "rustic" plywood finished with stain and high gloss, a built-in speaker system and two full bathrooms.

A key-operated elevator gives direct access to the unit.

Scaffolding currently covers the pre-war building because facade and brickwork repairs are being done, but it should come down by the fall, according to the information on city permits posted outside.

Hummel called the apartment a rare opportunity.

"Nothing has traded on that block in the last two years," he said.