An Art Deco Panorama – 10 Park Avenue, 26-JK

This combination apartment at 10 Park Avenue offers a simple art deco palette with clean lines and surreal views of multiple Midtown landmarks, all of which are framed by classic casement windows.  

The building opened as the Hotel Ten Park Avenue in 1931 amidst the height of the art-deco movement.  It stands prominently at the northwest corner of Park Avenue and 34th Street, on the fringe of the Midtown business district and a short walk to Grand Central Station.    Recently, the co-op restored its historic lobby, a touch of grandeur from its original incarnation. 

Apartment 26-JK is an exceptional three-bedroom residence that offers 2200 square feet of gracious space highlighted by a spectacular 50 foot expanse across the common living area.  This endless loft-like space flows seamlessly across multiple rooms, captivating the onlooker through a panorama of skyscrapers. The living room and den, at either end, are corner rooms and flank the formal dining area.   There is an east-facing terrace off the living room with a bulls-eye view of the American Copper Buildings, the dancing twin towers that sit along the edge of the East River.

Beamed nine-foot ceilings augment the scope of the great room and add character to the bedrooms (the third of which is now being used as a home office).  The wide plank floors are a deep brown stain and exude a pleasing richness throughout the residence. To add a simple sense of separation between the purposed spaces in the great room, the architects deployed a simple trick, adding a small indentation to the walls and lining each flat arch with a light stained wood trim.  The same wood is used on the elaborate radiator build outs throughout the apartment. 

The windowed gourmet kitchen continues with the art deco theme, highlighted by the sage green ceramic wall tiles and black tile trim.  Black granite counter tops compliment the tiling and top-end stainless steel appliances fill the needs of any to be chef.

Additional features include a chic wet bar with window (probably where the second kitchen once stood), a vented washer/dryer, a surround sound stereo system and multiple ceilings fans.

Each of the three bedrooms are full size and have an en suite bath.  The bathrooms carry the art deco motif with period-style tiles and fixtures.  In addition to the three full baths, there is a powder room off the living room.

10 Park Avenue is a full-service co-op that rises 28 floors.  It contains 271 apartments, most of which are studio and one-bedroom residences.  The larger apartments are typically combination units. The building was converted to cooperative ownership in the early seventies.  Should you ever want to drag yourself out of this wonderful home, head straight up to the common roof deck, a delightful space to further distance yourself from the city below.  

Apartment 26-JK is being offered at $3,295,000, about $1500 per square foot.  A recent price reduction dropped the price from $3,595,000. The monthly maintenance is $4,973.  Corcoran agents Steven Cohen, Tim Malone and Sarah Silva are representing the property. For more details visit Linecity.com.

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