If $2.9 million seems like a lot of money for a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment in lower Manhattan—or anywhere else for that matter—that’s because it is. That’s unless it’s an almost impossible-to-come-by E-line unit on a high floor of 299 West 12th Street, one of the most sought-after pre-war condo buildings in New York’s West Village.
Emptied of personal belongings and newly available with Sofia Fallerioni at Compass, the 820-ish-square-foot apartment rests on the 14th floor with unimpeded vistas that extend over Abingdon Square Park and the Arthur Strickler Triangle to the downtown skyline.
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Clean as a whistle and ready for occupancy, if a bit out of date, the condo’s many charms include original oak floorboards, period moldings, high, beamed ceilings, and a working fireplace in the step-down living room. A dining area off the petite foyer leads to a windowed galley kitchen. Natural light pours in through six south-facing windows, and storage is abundant; three of the condo’s four closets are spacious walk-ins (one is almost as big as the kitchen), and the unit conveys with a private storage unit.
Designed by architect Emery Roth, whose other apartment house commissions include The El Dorado and The Beresford, both on Central Park West, 299 West 12th Street was built in 1931 by the venerated real estate development concern Bing & Bing. Converted to condos in 1986, the stately art deco building has long been a quiet favorite with pet owners and showbiz movers and shakers. Molly Shannon has owned a small unit on a high floor for more than 20 years; Jennifer Aniston briefly owned in the building after her split from Brad Pitt; and, last year, Andy Cohen ponied up more than $18.2 million for a grand duplex penthouse.
Besides its coveted location and pre-war charm and proportions, the 17-story building towers above the neighborhood’s more typically three- and four-story buildings and, as such, is prized for its views. The building also offers doorman services and a plush lobby with a classy black-and-white checkerboard floor. An in-unit washer and dryer is not allowed, but there is a communal laundry room. Or you can just call Rinse, and they’ll pop by to pick up the dirty duds and drop them off a few days later, all clean and folded.
Even though interest rates are suppressing prices and slowing buyer interest in many markets across the country, the asking price is in line with previous sales. Even if the 14th-floor condo sells for the full asking price, it won’t be the highest amount paid for an E-line unit in recent years; in 2017, according to tax and property records, the all-but-identical apartment directly upstairs went for $2.95 million.
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