Whew, 2007 was a wild one, wasn't it? To honor the insanity that crept into all matters neighborhoodish and real estatey, we present the Fourth Annual Curbed Awards. This year, the awards will be presented in small batches through Monday. Today, we tackle the year in real estate and development.
The Curbed feature That's Rather Hideous has, for years now, chronicled questionable decision in interior design as revealed by apartment listing photos. Today, for your viewing pleasure, our Top 10 Most Rather Hideous Apartments of 2007. Do enjoy.
10) 101 West 79th Street, UWS: Let's start us off slow with this safari-chic pad on the Upper West Side. Does it make it more hideous if you know the rent is $14,000/month? Yeah, us too. [more]
9) 23 West 79th Street, UWS: Another warm-up to true hideousness, again on the Upper West Side. Our tipster on this place suggested that it perhaps answered the question of what happened to the fabric after Christo's Central Park Gates were demolished. Hmmm. [more]
8) 138 Broadway, Williamsburg: More bizarre than hideous, you say? Perhaps. And yet still perfectly hideous in its own special way. [more]
7) 485 Central Park West, UWS: It's the rare choice of light fixtures alone that earns an apartment onto That's Rather Hideous. Then came this $399,000 special. [more]
6) Undisclosed Atlantic Avenue address, Brooklyn: "Perfect for an antique lovers collection," reads the listing. "Two bedroom, one bath with Gothic Revival details throughout. Wallpaper, window treatments and built in are in the gothic revival style." And how! One of the more interesting $4,000/month rentals we saw this year, for sure. Please note that pets are allowed, but they have to be approved, so we assume that means dragons only. [more]
5) Undisclosed Bushwick Address: "All young artists, musicians and professional hipsters" were encouraged to consider living in this
East Williamsburg Bushwick loft. Seriously, folks, professionals only please. [more]
4) East 53rd Street, Turtle Bay: Subway tiles are a hot decor trend right now. This, however, may be taking it a bit far. [more]
3) 32 West 40th Street, Bryant Park: There's always tough competition among the most overdecorated apartments in the city, but this spot takes the cake this year in a field of worthy contenders. "Right off the pages of Architectural Digest?" Paige Rense can kill herself now. [more]
2) 450 West 147th Street, Hamilton Heights: This pimpariffic pad became such a Curbed fan favorite that readers continued to submit it for TRH consideration weeks after we'd already run it. True story: a month or two later, we met the owner of this place at a party, and he was genuinely psyched that his apartment had shown up on That's Rather Hideous. What that says about the state of the New York City real estate market, we'll continue to blithely ignore. [more]
1) Undisclosed Location, Bushwick: "We built the only indoor ice cave Bushwick has ever seen." Thus read just one line of our favorite listing of the entire year, and perhaps in all of Curbed history. "Loud sex, loud music, loud arguments, or loud clothes are all fine, as long as you are responsible, respectful, and laugh with us every once & a while." God bless you, The Lair. [more]