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The origin of Hell’s Kitchen's name is disputed, but most theories agree it was a tough area in the 19th century, rife with gangsters, streetwalkers, and speakeasies. Today of course is a different story. The neighborhood is going high-end, attracting celebrities such as Trevor Noah, who shoots The Daily Show on 11th Avenue and last year swapped a two-bedroom rental at the Stella Tower, three blocks away, for the building's $10 million duplex penthouse.
Even if you don't have that much green, you could still be Noah's neighbor, with this 660-square-foot, 12th-floor studio in the building. The 1927 Art Deco building was originally home to the New York Telephone Company. Developers converted it to condos in 2014. But you'll still need a bundle: The studio is listed for $1,150,000, which is way over the median price for studio condos in Hell's Kitchen, $772,500 and nearly three times the median price for studio co-ops in the neighborhood, $369,000, according to StreetEasy.
The living/sleeping area is bright, with large, custom-made tilt-and-turn windows that face south, oak floors, and enough room for a decent-sized seating area with a couch and a couple of chairs, as well as what looks to be a full-sized bed.
The studio has a washer/dryer and a self-contained HVAC system.
The kitchen is pretty big for a unit of this size, and has European oak cabinetry (including matching panels for the fridge), high-end appliances, and concrete countertops. The island parallels the passage from the foyer to the main area, which may be why the apartment is staged with a small table on the end rather than bar stools on the side.
The bathroom photo only shows the bathtub and marble wall tiles. The listing notes, however, that there’s radiant floor heating and a glass-enclosed steam shower.
The building has a 24-hour attended lobby, a gym, a residents’ lounge with a pantry and bar, a garden, bike storage, and temperature-controlled grocery storage. Common charges are $748 a month. Taxes are $820 a month.
It's a block to the C and E station at 50th Street, and in addition to The Daily Show studio, it's walking distance from Broadway theaters, Times Square, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and many other wonders and necessary evils of Midtown West.
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