Residence 5A at The Abbey Condominium, located at 205 East 16th Street between Third Avenue and Rutherford Place, is a distinctive, exceptional offering in a striking, historic landmark. Constructed in 1888, the Romanesque Revival-style building originally functioned as a parish house for St. George’s Church next door. While the historical character and integrity of the building is maintained throughout, the home has been thoroughly modernized and updated through a thoughtful, meticulous renovation.
A proper foyer and adjacent extra-large mud room/walk-in coat closet set the tone for the size and scope of this spacious home. An expansive great room, with dramatic ceiling heights of 11’9”, sits at the center of the residence and is the ideal entertaining space. This spectacular dining/living area features the original coffered ceilings and stained glass windows, highlighting bright, southern exposures. Tucked to the side, the open, eat-in kitchen boasts custom oak cabinetry, a mosaic tile backsplash, hammered stone countertops, terra cotta tiled floors, stainless steel appliances and a Shaws original farmhouse sink. A roomy walk-in pantry offers additional kitchen storage space.
The entrance to the grand master suite opens to a spacious, windowed home office with large built-in desk. Stairs lead down to the private, airy master bedroom with soaring 10’9” ceilings and a lovely, sunny solarium and terrace. The master bathroom, clad in elaborate mosaic tile, showcases original, exposed brownstone columns.
The main level features three additional bedrooms, one of which is located off the living room and could also function as a den. The oversized, corner bedroom offers both southern and eastern exposures over St. George’s Church, and has a deep closet and en-suite bathroom. Also on this floor is a suburban-sized laundry room/service entrance, which includes two full-sized washers and dryers, and ample shelving and hanging space. On the upper level, the fifth bedroom is a secluded retreat, with more breathtaking stained glass windows (and views), a walk-in closet and an en-suite marble bathroom. All of the unique 4.5 bathrooms are appointed with high-end fixtures and TOTO Washlet toilets.
Antique stained glass and exquisite vintage light fixtures are found throughout this extraordinary home. Other features include oak hardwood flooring and central HVAC throughout.
The Abbey is situated on a quiet, tree-lined block with no through traffic, in the charming Stuyvesant Square Historic District. The full-service condo’s staff consists of a 24/7 doorman, porter and live-in super. The building is just a half block from the historic four-acre Stuyvesant Square Park, which boasts magnificent old trees and plantings, a dog park, beautiful fountains, bluestone sidewalks and the original cast iron fence from 1847. The Abbey is also in close proximity to both Gramercy Park and Union Square, thereby providing several top-rated dining, shopping and entertainment options and is extremely accessible to several subway and bus lines.