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Beaux Arts condo on the Upper West Side has a secret artist's loft

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The three-bedroom apartment in the Ansonia is asking $5.48 million

Yes, it’s priced at $5.48 million, but according to the listing, this condo in the famed Ansonia is in fact the "best value for an architecturally significant pre-war condominium on Manhattan’s Upper West Side." And certainly, the place is intriguing.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment features 11 arched windows on three sides — light is not a problem here — but the condo’s crown jewel is the round living room, notable for its custom pendant light fixture, but mostly for its roundness. Off the living circle are two of the bedrooms, one with its own public entrance, and one of the bathrooms, chicly appointed in white subway tile.

But here is where things get interesting: The apartment has a whole other wing that's set up as a nearly 1,000-square-foot loft. Under the current owner, artist Yooah Park (her work lines the walls), this area serves as a combined artist’s studio/dining room/master bedroom. If you are not so artistically inclined, however, the listing notes that "adding just two walls elegantly restores the loft to the original 1905 design of three graciously proportioned rooms." So there are options.

Among the unit's other charms: a chef’s kitchen with a pantry that "doubles as a secret passageway" to the artist’s loft.