Specs: 2 beds, 1 bath, 755 square feet
Street view: A one-way street lined with linden, pin oak, and ginkgo trees, as well as townhouses and five-to-seven-story buildings with façades ranging from red, white, and gray brick to brownstone and limestone
Closest train: A/C/E at 23rd Street and 1/2 at 23rd Street
5-minute walking radius: Momoya, Socarrat Paella Bar, Gristedes, Foragers Market, Westville, Whole Foods
After architect Matthew Schnepf and enterprise designer Munawar Ahmed purchased this prewar third-floor apartment at 234 West 21st Street in 2007, they spent a year renovating the space down to a level of detail that really only happens when designers work on their own homes. The revamp included eye-catching features like ruby-red kitchen cabinets, bamboo panels in the hallway, and unglazed porcelain penny tile in the bathroom, in addition to some that were more subtle and meant to ease day-to-day life, like dimmable lights, hidden storage, concealed power outlets, and acoustic floors and ceilings.
An entrance hallway with sliding bamboo doors leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom. Then comes the open kitchen, dining area, and living room, an unusually large space (to make it possible, they knocked down walls and installed structural beams) that the couple says is big enough to host 40 guests. Lit by three street-facing windows, this living area has a wall of white-painted brick on one side and a wall of custom shelving with adjustable brackets and built-in bookends on the other. Those bookshelves, plus the custom walnut cabinet under the windows and the Danish pendant light over the dining table, are included in the sale. In the kitchen, there are marble countertops, stainless-steel appliances from Sub-Zero, Miele, and Electrolux, as well as overhead lighting and undercounter task lighting.
When it came to selling their home of 12 years, the couple, whose playful upstate retreat we featured in May, is once again going for everything bespoke. They’ve listed the apartment without a broker and created a website detailing how they’ve designed and used each part of the home, including plenty of close-up shots of various fixtures and finishes. Take a look here.