Brooklyn charm meets Parisian farmhouse
This pin-drop quiet and enchanting four-bedroom, three-bathroom duplex apartment with private patio has been tastefully renovated and reimagined in a style that embraces both old-world craftsmanship and modern sensibilities. Enter the upper level's main living space and enjoy an atmosphere that is at once stylish and intimate. Highlighted by an ornate antique French fireplace mirror, flanked by large windows, the space is anchored by new hardwood floors and soaring ceilings that underscore the sunny, airy feel of the home. The nearby kitchen is as functional as it is chic, featuring top-of-the-line appliances — Gaggenau cooktop and oven, Liebherr refrigerator and freezer and Miele dishwasher — set off by zinc countertops, ample blonde cabinetry and hand-painted ceramic tiles. Through the gorgeous new French door, you'll find your private planted patio offering a peek at nearby Central Park. Charming stone steps and rustic brick walls make this a captivating space. This arrangement, with kitchen, living and dining spaces set near the lovely outdoor oasis, makes this a fabulous home for casual entertaining.
The oversized guest suite or master bedroom on this level includes treetop views facing south over 97th Street, an en suite bathroom, washer-dryer and a well-appointed galley kitchen. This space can be used as an office or studio apartment for visitors. Two additional bedrooms and a stunning marble bathroom complete the spacious upper level floor plan. Take the staircase down one flight and discover the cozy, cottage-like lower level. Here, the den/media room is outfitted with wood-beamed ceilings, an exposed stone wall and new double-pane windows and glass French doors — boasting the highest quality sound and safety protection — providing additional access to the patio. This level includes another bedroom and a truly unique, tranquil bathroom that perfectly represents the old-meets-new spirit found throughout the home. Accessed through restored barn doors, this spa-like oasis includes a glass shower, wood sauna, separate toilet room and modern vanity. An additional washer-dryer adds yet another modern touch to the lower level. This level also offers flexible use of space, as the entire lower level could also function as your full floor master suite with office/sitting room.
Hortense Court is a historic 1896 limestone building a half block from Central Park. The building features an elevator, new video intercom system, superintendent services, common laundry room and allows for a private storage bin accessed directly from the apartment. Spend a Saturday on Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile, with the newly re-opened Cooper Hewitt and the Guggenheim just blocks away, or head to the fabulous shops and cafés that dot Madison Avenue. This special home must be seen to be fully appreciated.