Co-op pick of the week

Get this Upper West Side two-bedroom for $200,000 off


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We were wondering if this meticulously decorated two-bedroom co-op was owned (and updated) by someone with a flair for design, and the listing confirms that the current owner is, in fact, a designer.

Of course, the 1905 building has plenty of architectural elements that don't need much help from the professionals: There are the classic prewar scalloped plaster moldings, wainscotting, and high ceilings. 

But the owner/designer has included repurposed antique doors and mantles, mirrors, hardware, and more. Mixing old and new: The open kitchen features top-tier appliances by SubZero, Miele, and a Big Chill range. Lighting is controlled by Lutron switches and audio-visual technology by Niles smartpad.

The en-suite bath is marble, so are the floors in ther foyer.

One of our favorite details: A custom wall of paned antique glass between the guest bedroom and living room that, according to the listing, helps enhance light in that room, if not privacy (see photo below). 

The full-service building, known as the Galaxy, is pet- and pied-a-terre friendly. It also has a planted roof deck with park and city views and is right across from the American Museum of Natural History, and steps away from Central Park. 

The listing notes that in 2018, the building's shareholders are scheduled to take ownership of its commercial spaces, which could translate to some extra income.

The apartment also recently saw a $205,000 price chop and is now asking $1.995 million.