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Three of a Kind: Serenity Now

Uncategorized // Feb 08, 2012

To get away from the chaos and noise of the city without actually leaving Manhattan, many residents choose homes that take on a more pastoral feel. Nobody is claiming that city life is quaint, but a little bit of quiet can totally revolutionize your outlook. Here are three homes that offer a bit of urban oasis mixed in with all the excitement that Manhattan has to offer.

Where: 246 West 17th Street, 1-C
Size: 2 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms
Asking: $2,575,000
Listed by: Stuart Sussman & Tom Postilio

Sunlight splashing in from massive windows looking out onto a verdant private garden: sounds like a perfect escape to us. And who would’ve thought that such an experience was possible in a neighborhood like Chelsea, with all of its nightlife, culture and downtown vibrancy? But it is possible, in this townhouse-like condo featuring 14′ ceilings and design by award-winning architect Ed Rawlings.

Where: 595 West End Avenue, 12-D
Size: 1 bedroom/1 bathroom
Asking: $849,000
Listed by: Michael Graves

West End Avenue is a secret oasis on the Upper West Side, rarely discussed, probably because those living there are perfectly content with keeping their picturesque stretch quiet. Lined with grand pre-war beauties near Riverside Park along the Hudson River, West End Avenue is separated enough to feel like a peaceful and private pocket of New York City, but not isolated. This humble home is in an Art Deco building, one renovated in 2005 with contemporary touches. It’s steps from Riverside Park’s famed Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, adding even more historical charm.


Where: 420 East 64th Street, E-3G
Size: 1 bedroom/1 bathroom
Asking: $585,000
Listed by: Vickey Barron

Heading over to the other side of the island, the side streets of the Upper East Side are some of the most beautiful in New York City. Just walking through them you feel like you’ve been taken to another time. This one-bedroom apartment is off York Avenue, offering peace, quiet, and access to the East River Esplanade. And if you need even more tranquility, the building has a private half-acre garden.