Prewar Elegance at Alwyn Court
$247,000 PRICE IMPROVEMENT...A MUST SEE... This grandly proportioned prewar home is located in the famed Alwyn Court, one of the most ornate buildings in New York City, ideally located one block south of Central Park, one block north of Carnegie Hall, and across the street from the New York Athletic Club. Beautiful parquet floors, coved ceilings, picture moldings, oversized windows are among the home's elegant prewar features. The spacious 23' 5" foot living room with its 10'5" ceiling faces north with 3 large double windows overlooking 58th Street. The oversized bedroom has a walk-in closet with ample overhead storage. The dining area, used as a sculpture gallery by the current owner, and the kitchen have windows overlooking the building's atrium with its renowned trompe l'oeil design. On the market for the first time in over 30 years, this home has the original bath in good condition. Alwyn Court, built during 1907-1909, was created by the architects Harde & Short in the style of King Francis I, the great art patron of Renaissance France. Its lavish facade features glazed terra cotta ornamentation in the form of cherubs, flowers, plants and animals, including the King's royal symbol, fire-breathing crowned salamanders. In the 1980's, the central courtyard was transformed by the illusionist painter Richard Haas into a spectacular atrium with a trompe l'oeil design mimicking the look of stonework. Alwyn Court has New York Landmark status and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Alwyn Court is an elegant, white glove building, with a 24-hour doorman and live-in super. The building allows pied-a-terres and foreign buyers. Pets are permitted as are washer/dryers. Each apartment has its own basement storage space.