2 West 67th Street, 4/5DE

It’s unthinkable to pick just one room in this grand Central Park West residence, but we did.  From every angle, every direction, the double-height living room captivates the apartment voyeur in each of us. Unfortunately we’re also selecting just one image of this magnificent room and it’s from the top. Being that the ceilings are so tall, we suspect a drone may have been used to capture the space.

Located on the fourth and fifth floors of 2 West 67th Street, residence 4/5DE has undergone a meticulous renovation.  Originally designed as a sculpture’s studio, this grand living room offers scale and design that both awes and hypnotizes the first time visitor.  The corner room features 19-foot high ceilings and a mesmerizing 16-foot tall multi-pane steel window.  The imposing fenestration centers the room and is flanked by an enormous set of oak bookshelves   

From floor to ceiling, this room never seems to end.  The custom built bookcases rise up the walls, nearly 15 feet in height; a library ladder offers assistance.  A marble mantle surrounds a wood burning fireplace and extends toward the ceiling as well.  A center chandelier crowns the room.  

There is only one means of egress, via the kitchen at the center of the floor.  The living room is separated from the kitchen area with yet another dramatic set of custom built-ins.  A set of glass bookshelves bookend the entryway and welcomes you to and from the adjoining kitchen, a wondrous room in its own right.   

The apartment is the work of Andrew B Ballard, a celebrated architect known for his ability to integrate curated furnishings with finely detailed architecture.  Ballard’s website refers to our One Room selection as a “majestic” space, which serves as the “centerpiece” of the residence at both levels, thus “allowing all public and private supporting rooms to play off its prominent scale.”

2 West 67th Street (aka 70 Central Park West), at the southwest corner of 67th Street and Central Park West, was built in 1918.  Like many apartment buildings in the immediate area, including the famed Cafe Des Artistes, the building was designed specifically for artists.  The double-height ceilings, oversized windows and abundant light made these apartments ideal for the artistic set.  Moderate in size by today’s standards, this landmarked structure rises 15 floors and contains 65 residences.  

Apartment 4/5DE is available through Joanne Douglas, Donna Renna and Nicholas Polihros of Douglas Elliman.  The asking price for this dramatic duplex is $3.5 million, a sharp drop from the $4.150 million ask when the residence first hit the market in January of this year.  To learn more or to just take a voyeuristic peak, visit Linecity.com.

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