A classic elegance floods the atmosphere from the moment one steps into the lobby of 1160 Park Avenue. A cheerful, uniformed doorman escorted the Observer up to the 15th floor, where we stepped off the semiprivate elevator landing and into the spacious foyer of the 11-room co-op.
“It’s a very special apartment with lots of prewar details,” Sotheby’s International Realty broker Kristi Ambrosetti said of her $6.25 million listing, pointing out the marble mantle on the wood-burning fireplace in the living room, the crown moldings and 9.5-foot ceilings throughout the 3,500-square-foot space.
“It’s all about the views and the light,” Ambrosetti continued, walking into the dining room and standing in front of the west-facing window. “This is really the ‘wow,’ ” she declared, watching the sun’s reflection glimmer off the reservoir. “It’s very rare to have views of Central Park from Park Avenue,” she added, heading into the adjacent, equally sun-filled breakfast room. “I would spend all my time in here,” she sighed.
It’s part of an estate sale, though “there have been some upgrades in recent years,” Ambrosetti assured us of the fresh paint and newly screened hardwood floors, noting a buyer will likely update the eat-in kitchen, which is currently bedecked in somewhat dated white cabinetry and red-accented floors.
“The bones are so magnificent,” Ambrosetti declared, opening the original brass doorknob to enter the master suite, where even the green-tiled bathroom boasts a west-facing view.
A guest suite is equipped with a cedar closet and en-suite bath, while two additional bedrooms share a full bathroom that the buyer “will renovate,” Ambrosetti said. “The tile is original to the building.”
Despite the need for a few upgrades, “it’s the kind of apartment where brokers who have long-term relationships with buyers call them and say, ‘You’ve been waiting years for this!’ ” Ambrosetti told us, adding that even though it was a gloriously sunny day outside, the real marvel of the view takes place later.
“You get magnificent sunsets,” Ambrosetti cooed. “It’s this purple and pink sky, and it’s just magical.”