“Less is more” was clearly not a guiding principle for the owners of this Gramercy Park co-op, which just hit the market for $2.95 million. According to the listing, it received a renovation inspired by the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century, which, according to Tate Britain (an expert on these sorts of things), “championed pure beauty and ‘art for art’s sake’ emphasising the visual and sensual qualities of art and design over practical, moral or narrative considerations.”
That certainly seems to be the case here: The opulent one-bedroom apartment is kitted out with all manner of custom, vintage-inspired flourishes, including historical wallpaper, sumptuous furnishings, “impeccably restored” 19th-century fixtures, vintage crown molding, Moroccan tiles, and a refurbished tub dating back to 1883.
There are also modern touches: That same renovation brought in new oak flooring, new electrical and plumbing systems, zoned A/C, new kitchen appliances, and more. The home itself has a bit of an odd layout: The floorplan is L-shaped, with the formal living and dining room just off the foyer, and the master bedroom (with its own dressing room, of course) and kitchen in the other wing.
This sort of over-the-top interior design may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for a maximalist with a penchant for 19th-century decorative arts—of which we’re sure there are a few—it might just be the perfect home. The building itself, at 34 Gramercy Park East, has the distinction of being one of Manhattan’s oldest co-ops—and you know a key to the park comes with this place.
Listing: 34 Gramercy Park East #8RB [Corcoran]