MANHATTAN — Floor-to-ceiling windows can add a new dimension to a home, maximizing both light and views. These three apartments — two from new developments and one from an historic limestone townhouse — all boast that impressive window space and are holding upcoming open houses.
399 E. Eighth St. (Photos courtesy of Citi Habitats)
399 E. Eighth St., #2B, East Village
One bedroom/One bath
Approximately 481 square feet
Common charges: $408/month
Open House: Sunday, Aug. 7, 1 to 2 p.m.
Lowdown: This one-bedroom apartment comes from the new 33-unit development Three99.
Unit #2B is the smaller one bedroom model in the building, meaning that it's priced lower than most units.
“Where else will you find a one bedroom for $685K in a new development condo in Downtown Manhattan?” asked Citi Habitats broker Joseph Brucculeri.
The apartment boasts “a very open layout” as soon as you walk in, he said. You're greeted by a living room in which “the whole wall is just a window.” The kitchen is set off in the back of the apartment — right across from an in-unit washer and dryer.
Although it's located on the second floor, the space gets good light due to the floor-to-ceiling window. From there, you look out onto a huge mural that decorates the Boys & Girls Club across the street.
Potential buyers have been drawn to the development's amenity package, which includes a fitness center, billiards lounge and self-service pet grooming station.
The roof deck, which is still under construction, will have “unobstructed views of Downtown and Midtown,” Brucculeri said.
Since sales launched at the end of June, there are now seven contracts out.
Location: This development is located far east, off Avenue D. The closest subway, the F train at Delancey Street, is about a 20-minute walk. But there are bus stops on either corner of the building, Brucculeri noted. It's about a 10-minute bus ride to Union Square, a 15-minute ride to the West Village and a 30-minute ride to Midtown.
Why put it on your open house calendar? “You're buying at an absolute value... the purchase price is superior to other new developments in Manhattan,” Brucculeri said.
202 Eighth Ave. (Photos courtesy of Compass)
202 Eighth Ave., #2, Park Slope
Two bedrooms/One bath
Approximately 1,050 square feet
Maintenance: $920 a month
Open House: Sunday, Aug. 7, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Lowdown: “If you are a detail lover, this is a rare, unique offering,” said Compass broker Gabriele Sewtz about the well-preserved historic details in just about every corner of this apartment.
202 Eighth Ave. was built as a single-family limestone townhouse in 1899. It has since been split into five co-ops, without compromising any of the original details in this unit.
The apartment occupies the entire parlor floor of the townhouse, which is always distinguished by the nearly floor-to-ceiling windows in front. This home was built with an extension, “so the apartment is larger than most [parlor floors],” Sewtz explained.
The current owner uses the front area as her living room. A small kitchen is configured behind a pier mirror. Sewtz said a buyer would either have to use the small kitchen, or sacrifice some of the original details to build out a larger, more modern space.
Pocket doors lead to the dining room. “I love that room because of its coffered ceilings,” Sewtz said. It also has large stained glass windows, a stained glass skylight and a mantelpiece surrounded by tile and carved wood.
The back of the apartment, originally the townhouse's library, is now used as an office with a master bedroom behind it. The spaces are separated by a carved archway complete with spandrels and columns.
Although you could legally configure this as a two-bedroom apartment, “that would need a little remodeling,” Sewtz said. Again, any significant changes to the floorplan would mean removing some of the historic details.
“All the details are in their original condition and impeccably maintained,” Sewtz said. “Nothing's ever been painted over... that's so rare.”
Location: Sewtz referred to this as “a prime location” in the neighborhood given its one-block proximity to Prospect Park. It's about five blocks to Grand Army Plaza, which hosts a popular farmer's market every Saturday. The closest subway, the 2/3/4 at Grand Army Plaza, is a 10-minute walk.
Why put it on your open house calendar? “It gives you the sense of living in a different era... the beauty is unparalleled into today's world,” Sewtz said.
22 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg (Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman)
22 N. Sixth St., #PH3B, Williamsburg
Three bedrooms/Three baths
Approximately 1,974 square feet
Taxes: $10/month with an abatement through 2036
Common charges: $1,875/month
Open House: Saturday, Aug. 7, 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. by appointment
Lowdown: This penthouse, located in the Edge condominium, is the only apartment in the development with this particular floorplan.
The layout centers around the 23-foot wall of windows in the living room that faces the Manhattan skyline.
“You can see from the Freedom Tower all the way to 432 Park,” said Douglas Elliman broker Joana Fallon, who is also the apartment owner. “You can see the energy of the city.”
Three flights of stairs look out over the living room and the striking view. The second floor holds the bedrooms. From there, the staircase leads to a private 500-square-foot terrace at the top of the building.
Fallon, who has two kids, set up a large kiddie pool on the terrace, as well as a sectional. There is also a 100-square-foot balcony off the open living room and kitchen.
“This is a great building for a family,” she said.
The full-service building also has many kids-friendly amenities like a playroom and a screening room that shows children's movies every Friday.
Location: The Edge is located right along the Williamsburg waterfront, next to the East River State Park.
“You are literally right in front of the East River Ferry stop,” Fallon said, which will be convenient when the L shuts down for construction in 2019. The ferry stops at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, and West 34th Street in Midtown.
Why put it on your open house calendar? “It's a really outstanding apartment,” Fallon said. She added that the tax abatement will be in place until 2036 and the carrying costs are lower than most other apartments of this type.