It’s Free to Look: 960 Fifth Avenue

  • Central Park has many uses. You can run, walk, dine, lounge or even rob someone amid its leafy expanses. But rarely does a park-side property enable you to use the park in one of its most traditional functions: for fuel.

  • Central Park has many uses. You can run, walk, dine, lounge or even rob someone amid its leafy expanses. But rarely does a park-side property enable you to use the park in one of its most traditional functions: for fuel.

    It's nothing special to have a fireplace. But, according to the Sotheby's listing, this co-op is "boasting four wood-burning" ones. Not only that, but it also features "glorious tree-line vistas of Central Park from eight large windows." Regardless of whether you have a lumberjacking background, the implications of this set-up are fairly apparent. You'll sit by your four fireplaces in the winter months, gazing out those eight windows, and the "vistas" will start to look mightily appetizing.

    Of course, because the apartment costs $22 million, it's hardly a conventional woodsman's cabin. Designed for "gracious living," in "superb renovated condition," it's actually "the epitome of elegance and refinement." We doubt the materials for the hardwood floors and the "oak paneled Library" came from Central Park, but they serve nonetheless as inspiring examples of the grace that humble wood can achieve. - William Alden

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