Tucked away above an unpretentious music school on East 11th Street in New York’s arty neighborhood
and across from one of Manhattan’s oldest churches, a decadently decorated bohemian duplex hits the market Wednesday for $ 7.95 million, Mansion Global has learned.
The two-bedroom set, the heart of which is its Great Room, a space bordered by arched glass doors that lead to a vast 1,000 square foot terrace overlooking St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, is sold by a design veteran. Alfredo Paredes.
Mr. Paredes spent over 30 years at Ralph Lauren, most recently in the role of Executive Vice President and Creative Director, and oversaw the establishment of stores globally as well as the Polo Bar in Midtown Manhattan. He started his own design studio last year.
For his house, he was inspired by his travels across Europe, including Amsterdam and Rome, as well as some of his favorite design works, such as that of Axel Vervoordt and the interiors of the infamous Château Marmont. in Los Angeles, he told Mansion. Global.
“I also wanted to build a place that didn’t have the time,” he said. “I wanted something classic but modern. “
Now adorned with reclaimed wood ceilings, limestone floors and rich white oak joinery, it was a radically different space when Mr Paredes acquired the spread over a decade ago.
Then a three-room apartment, “it was a little more modern [and] didn’t have any of those windows, ”he said. “It was quite simple.”
While other potential buyers were overwhelmed with how to use the space, he said, Mr. Paredes’ career, which hinges on visualization and conceptualization, has served him well in the redesign. of the property.
“I was like ‘I know what to do’ so I jumped on it.”
The resulting home features a wood-burning fireplace, semi-enclosed chef’s kitchen, and a master suite – a favorite spot for Mr. Paredes – that spans the entire south side of the upstairs. superior and has a decorative fireplace, walk-in closet and home office.
And there’s also the option to grab the adjacent two-bedroom apartment as guest space for an additional $ 2.3 million.
It is “rare to find an apartment that ticks all the boxes,” said listing agent Chris Kann of Corcoran. “The owner somehow created this feeling that you could be in the Hollywood Hills in a Mediterranean bungalow, you could be in Europe with a view of the church towers. You are truly transported to another world.
The ceiling of the great room is “all reclaimed wood,” Kann said. “So there’s a warmth in the room that you rarely see in New York City. The light-flooded space leads to the expansive terrace which is “almost a whole other living room shrouded in trees and plants,” he added.
One has “the feeling of being in a huge treehouse”, even though it offers a view of the picturesque tower and gardens of St. Mark’s Church, and to the World Trade Center in the distance.